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  • In Our Children's Food
  • Rating: ***
  • Audience: High School to Adult
  • Price: Public performance: $99.95
  • Date: Copyright 1993. Released 1993.
  • Descriptors: Food. Agriculture. Environment. Pesticides.
  • Production Information: Live action. Produced by Martin Koughan. Directed by Martin Koughan. Narrated by Host: Bill Moyers. Color. Closed captioned. 60 min.
  • Production Company: Documentary Consortium
  • Available from: PBS Video 1320 Braddock Pl. Alexandria, VA 22314-1698 (703)739-5380
  • ISBN: ISBN 0-7936-0958-5.
  • Cataloging: 615.902 Pesticide residues in food||Food contamination||Documentary films
  • Print Entry #: 5:111
  • Reviewer: M. Cecilia Rothschild

    In Our Children's Food raises many questions about the long-term health effects on children from pesticides found in our food supply. It is a grim story made all the more frightening by the lack of definitive conclusions or suggested actions for parents or other caregivers to take on behalf of their children.

    The relentless visual bombardment makes a strong case against the use of pesticides. Scene after scene unfolds showing chemicals being sprayed, dusted, and spread onto the food in our nation's fields and orchards while the Environmental Protection Agency and a Senate agricultural subcommittee do nothing to stop their use, paralyzed by regulations and impossible standards of accountability. Bill Moyers, the nationally known PBS investigative reporter, brings a voice of authority to this production as he both narrates and interviews a number of individuals on both sides of this issue, including a farm worker who became ill from contaminated water, a farmer whose son developed leukemia, several doctors, a lobbyist representing pesticide manufacturers, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a representative of the World Wildlife Fund.

    The production is straightforward. It comprises both newly created and historical footage that illuminates the narrative, on-camera interviews, an off-camera narrator, and occasional animated special effects to present factual data. Only the opening sequence uses music. The main weakness of this video is its length: it is too long and repetitive. The audience will have a difficult time maintaining concentration throughout the hour. Closed captioning is a bonus.

    This documentary will be useful for schools, colleges, and specialized organizations offering programs on the environment and on children's health.

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