A Place at the Table [Blu-ray]
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This isn't a place for a rant. Watch this film. Start thinking about how you and I can end hunger. Meanwhile, put pressure on Government to make sure kids aren't starving. Mention that sugar isn't food while you have them on the phone.
The family in Colorado was difficult to empathize with as it seemed like there was something wrong with the whole family - not that they were just hungry. They had at least 5 pets that I saw, including a horse, which is not cheap to maintain. If you can't feed your children how are you feeding a horse? That house was just beyond ... how does someone make their children sleep on a filthy laundry room floor? I felt bad for their daughter as it appears she has no real future ahead of her. I don't understand how so many adults in that household were failing those children so badly.
Barbie seemed like a smart woman and I wish her well. Given the proper opportunities I think she will succeed.
I really wish they would have addressed details in these stories rather than vague "lost his/her job" comments. Was Barbie getting child support? Did she have family to assist? Where was the childrens father(s)? How many people in the Colorado household were working? How were they feeding the animals? Were they breeding the dogs for extra income?
It did provide some useful details about how certain areas are more effected and why, and the sheer numbers of people being effected by this issue.
Its not a bad film but it could have been better.
My purpose in writing is to point out that it spreads myths about the biggest issues in the US Farm Bill. These are widespread, so most reader likely won't have heard of any of this. There are 2 main issues related to hunger that are big farm commodity issues. One is that of finding money to pay for more food stamps and related programs. The second is the way that low farms prices subsidize the junk food industry, not with government checks, but with prices for ingredients that are below fair trade or living wage standards, or even below zero (ie. 1981-2006) vs full costs. (Meaning that farmers got a wage equivalent, but lost money on the investment of their money in their land, facilities, machinery, livestock, etc.) On the first issue, the film suggests taking money away from farm subsidies, as they are correlated with bad things for food (cheap junk food ingredients, fostering bad food). That scientific correlation only applies for the years when farm prices fell AND there were farm subsidies. There is zero correlation for the years 1953-1961, and zero to 1964 for cotton, and to 1977 for rice and to 1998 for soybeans, as there were no subsidies. On the second point, we find, then, that subsidies are not at all the cause of cheap farm prices. Well, do food stamps cause low minimum wages? No. Subsidies to the victims (the poor, or farmers) don't cause the exploitation. So the video gives false analysis and false solutions.Read more ›
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This film changed my life, and made me far more aware of hunger in the United States. It should be mandatory viewing for anyone who doesn't thing working people can't be hungry,... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mary H.
Everybody should see this movie about food. I had no idea of the issues until I watched the film.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Any credibility went right out the window when you show a young women with her nails done, with nice clothing and shoes, and plenty of jewelry on . . . complaining about starving. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne
You must watch this film - and then get your friends to watch it. Learn how our food system got all messed up. Read morePublished 2 months ago by wolfkeep
She lived under an umbrella of inferiority. It was a lifelong manifestation of feeling insecure and ashamed, as she remembered the vacant refrigerators of her childhood. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Racheal Droege
The movie was well put together, however it only adressed one of the issues involved in childhood hunger. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katelin Donegan
Great way to teach about hunger and poverty. We showed it to our middle school students.Published 2 months ago by A. Evans