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Food Chains

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Thought-provoking docu stresses economics of Big Grocery.

Movie NR 2014 83 minutes
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FOOD CHAINS is a thought-provoking, eye-opening documentary about the process of getting food from the field to the grocery store. It has a point of view and expresses it unabashedly, which is that no one who toils full-time in the field should live in poverty and that the big grocery chains, given the power they exercise over the whole supply chain and their tremendous annual profits, should take active and relatively painless steps to improve the lives of those working in the fields. The film doesn't try to present balanced viewpoints, instead focusing on raising awareness of the situation, in particular of the indignity of living in poverty.

The economics are thoughtfully explained and easy for middle schoolers and up to understand without being dumbed down. But it's more likely to interest and affect high schoolers as they broaden their awareness and contemplate the choices they'll make as adults. It'll definitely leave you thinking about where you shop for groceries and what you'll buy when you're there.

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