by Daelyn Fortney
Categories: Film/TV
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foodincTwo of the five nominations in the category of Documentary Feature for this year’s Oscars deliver serious green messages.

The Cove is a gripping tale that chronicles the annual slaughter of thousands of dolphins in a cove near the Japanese village of Taiji. Fishermen use sonar to confuse and trap the dolphins then sell the meat fraudulently as whale meat. The mislabeled product, which is dangerously high in mercury, ends up in the lunches of school children in Japan.

The film, which was directed by former National Geographic photographer, Louie Psihoyos, used free divers with state of the art equipment to infiltrate the cove and expose the shocking massacre.

The Cove exposes not just a horrific yearly hunt, but humans knowingly poisoning other humans by slipping dolphin meat into the food system,” Psihoyos wrote on Huffington Post. “Dolphin meat is through-the-roof toxic because of high levels of mercury, the most toxic non-radioactive element in the world. Dolphins have anywhere from five to 5,000 times more mercury than allowed by law.”

Food, Inc promises, “You’ll never look at dinner the same way.” In the film, director Robert Kenner exposes the hidden truths about the food we buy at our local grocery stores. Food, Inc, which is narrated by Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), reveals the cruel and unsanitary conditions in the U.S. food industry, an industry which disregards consumer health, worker’s safety, and the environment — for the sake of profit.

Recently Food, Inc was featured on Oprah’s show dedicated to revealing the truths about the food industry. “For me, it boils down to making more conscious food decisions,” Oprah said on the show. “That is my opinion. I saw the movie. That’s how I felt. But you need to see it for yourself and make your own decisions because I believe you have a right to know where your food is coming from.”

The Oscars will be broadcast live on March 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Let’s hope one of these films receives top honors.

  • http://www.themilkmancompany.com Ed Hartz

    We are really happy to see such documentary film receive such honor.
    The cow and farms are so important. It is no wonder that the Indian culture regards them as sacred. Just as having a calf triggers the flow of milk from a cow, so do the bosoms of women all over the world nurture and understand creation and sustenance. Many mothers today are caring about their children’s health and the food supply. By nature, they are truly leaders. Many men are following them now as we are in this age of Aquarius. This age of Sustainability and interest in Sustainable Farming. Local food sourcing, better quality foods, clean, and fair trade.

    We recently read the book by David Gumpert, “The Raw Milk Revolution – Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights.” For further understanding and for insights into how we are changing and how we can change, we recommend this book now. Thank you.

    The Milkmen are back!

    Milkmen USA

  • http://www.takepart.com Kelsey

    So excited The Cove is up for an Oscar!! Click this link below to sign a petition in order to help save hundreds of thousands of dolphins that are murdered every year in Taiji, Japan!! We need all the help we can get to stop this horrible act.

    http://www.takepart.com/actions/the-cove-help-save-japans-dolphins/28067

    • ddpalmer

      Where is the petion to save the millions of cows, or tuna, or chickens?