Friday, October 2, 2009

Fish REVOLUTION

Because I love public service announcements…

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish.
You know the rhyme, but do you know how many fish exist in the sea?

Believe it or not, a global fish crisis is in effect. Fish are being wiped out by mega fishing ships, for consumer consumption, from the oceans faster than they can replenish themselves, i.e. procreate. Most of the fish that you buy at the supermarket comes from one of these monstrous ships. At the current rate of fish consumption, the future availability of fish is glum.

But you like fish, no? Take a close look at the following list of ingredients for Chilean Sea Bass:
Chilean Sea Bass at your local supermarket – COMING SOON
Ingredients: Hydrogenated fish oil, high fructose corn syrup, Yellow coloring, Red coloring, aroma #2, aroma #7, sunflower oil, salt, egg whites, starch, preservatives
They’ve already begun cloning animals for consumption, what’s to say they won’t start creating artificial fish a la Soylent Green (another great food film starring the late Charlton Heston) style. Theoretically, we have all of this high fructose corn syrup lying around that we need to get rid of (the bio-fuels idea isn’t really working out); so why not use it to create fish, especially since that junk can be turned into practically anything.

I honestly believe that if mass populations abstained from fish consumption for simply one year, solutions could be reached.
Good luck, it could nasty out there with all of those abounding fish tanks.

It's food and it's there in the movies.

A pixie stick and Cap’n Crunch sandwich in The Breakfast Club.
Spaghetti and meatballs causes two lovers to kiss in The Lady and the Tramp.
Plump Augustus Gloop jumped into the lake of chocolate in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.
A disturbing train ride with a ‘deli meat’ eating sadist in Hostel.
The lavish dessert banquets in Marie Antoinette.

These are powerful images that make for powerful scenes. You may not have realized it, but they are centered around food. Food is heavily laden with symbolism and is extremely evident within films when done correctly. A new genre of film called “food films”, which subtly places food as a significant character to portray such things as economic statuses, political situations, and emotional disparities, has emerged. As the importance of food increases, so does its importance and representation in films. Unfortunately, the subject of food is often thought of as silly and vain, like the subjects of art and fashion. There's no need to say it, but thankfully it is already moving in the positive direction.

Within the food film genre, which has existed for decades and is finally being credited as such, there are many subdivisions. These subdivisions include: food documentary (Food, Inc.), food comedy (Waiting), food romance (Like Water for Chocolate), etc…

If you want to delve deeper into the subject, Gastronomica offers a detailed list of popular food scenes within movies to help you look at things differently.

And you thought I was going to talk about popcorn and Goobers.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Industrial River of the North

I look out the window and see you river. Every day.
Sometimes you’re dry and sometimes well, you’re overflowing.
Make up your mind already.

Nutrias, fish, and frogs abound not so happily.
What is beneath your murky waters?
Oh, the horror.
Putrid, dead life, flowing.
Waste runoffs, slurries, soil, fertilizers, sewage.

Why are you doing this to yourself?
Get some dignity.
In the meantime, I’ll think of those pleasant times during the winter when the snow and ice covered all of your imperfections including your vast ugliness.