One of the themes of the film is that the most efficient and fastest way to produce food is not always the best quality. But another theme the film reveals is that there are ways for everyone to take part in the healthy food movement. As author Michael Pollan stated in Fresh, "Efficient is not good for environment, farmers, and community". Cities of animals, such as cows are the most efficient way to raise large amounts of meat. The only problem is those cities of animals create many health problems like pollution and E. coli. With all the quick cheap food industries, we are diminishing foods nutritional values but 40%, which Pollan also mentioned. People like Will Allen and his Growing Power organization in Milwaukee are showing it is possible for all kinds of people to eat healthy. Will Allen said his goal with Growing Power is to "change the food industry that works for everyone", whether it be in terms of location or financial stand point. People often avoid healthier foods due to price or being in a "food dessert", which is being in an urban environment no where near naturally grown foods. But by growing and raising some of your own foods can help solve this problem.
The film uses comparison and contrast by presenting the many ways to approach the agricultural industry. Whether it be by comparing: healthy vs. non healthy, efficient vs. quality, large space vs. minimum space. As it was seen Mr. and Mrs. Fox, use animal cities with the chickens in enclosed environments, which are the most efficient but least healthy. As opposed to Joel Salatin, who lets his animals free graze through out his massive land, which is the healthiest option and produces the highest quality of meat.
I think we could apply this to our lives by growing our own produce in a mini garden, which I have done before. My only question is how do people who live up north like us maintain a garden during the cold months? Is there any way to do this indoors? Another thing we could do in our own lives is instead of going to fast food chain restaurants, try going to the marketplace and buying a meal there with higher quality products. I did this last week and got plenty of fresh food for a good price.