A powerful documentary, which has been showing this week in a handful of cinemas in Paris, entitled “Our children will accuse us” makes the case for organic agriculture in terms of an urgent call to action. Unless we act now to change our industrial models of agricultural production which rely on petro-chemical fertilizers and insecticides, our children will be condemned to rapidly deteriorating health in the form of cancers, infertility and other illnesses which have been linked with environmental factors.
The film tells the story of a village in the Gard region of France whose mayor decides to convert the school canteen to organic agriculture. It is an inspiring and educational tale which is interspersed with an investigation into the collateral damage resulting from massive pesticide use in the local farm community.
Some of the most moving sequences in the film concern testimony from parents who have children who have succumbed to cancer, as well as evidence from doctors and nurses articulating their concern at the recent surge in cancer among children. Gabriel Yared’s musical score adds to the impact of the film, and the audience broke out into spontaneous applause at the end.
One of the most interesting observations the film makes is how easily the inhabitants of Barjac make the shift to organic food at home once the school kitchen experiment gets underway. This proves that all the ink spilled in the press about how tough economic times will kill the organic movement is nonsense. When faced with a choice about your family’s health, no-one is going to flinch at the cash register. All the parents interviewed in the film actually expressed satisfaction that they now consumed less, that they had cut back on meat and dairy products and other non-essential food items, but that they were now eating better.
Watch the sub-titled trailer for a taste of this important film. It definitely deserves wider distribution. This issue is not going away in a hurry in France. The sense of collective indignation I felt in the cinema was palpable.