The Great Food Revolution: A Citizen’s Guide to Eating in the 21st Century – review of part 1 and 2

Just finished watching part one and two of the Great Food Revolution on the CBC.

The first part was interesting, but was way too much like a number of short news features than a cohesive documentary. Too many topics, with too little time spent on each one. I would have been interested in hearing more detail about all the things they talked about.

The second part is much more focused; talking about grocery stores and food producers, and what they do to carry and create products that you will buy. It also brings up the locavore movement.

Loblaws (a.k.a. Superstore) does quite a bit of research into their President’s Choice products. Too bad their stores don’t actually keep items in stock on the shelves. And why do marketing companies only do product launch samples in Toronto? Us out in the prairies could use some free product love too, you know.

Also, CBC – you have typos on your recipes. 🙂

Edited to add: Okay, that’s screwed up. They changed the contest question for the 2nd week. But the 1st week’s answer was in the 2nd week’s episodes!

Food economics

Are your grocery bills rising? I know mine are, but that’s also partially because I’m eating a lot more vegetables and fruits now and they’re &^%#@ expensive.

Loblaws had a huge jump in profits, and yet when I’m in Superstore I still can’t find items in stock and their quality of produce still sucks.

Tim Hortons’ profits dropped, due to closures in the U.S. They must have been pretty big losses if the profits from the Canadian locations couldn’t prop up the numbers.

According to the Health and Stroke Foundation, Disparity in food prices across the country are forcing some Canadians to forgot healthy food choices.

In Canada, “(g)roceries cost 7.3 per cent more in January than a year ago, with the upward pressure coming mainly from bakery and cereal products and fresh vegetables.”

And if food prices are bad here, can you imagine how they are affecting people around the world in places like India, Sudan, Haiti, etc.?