Toward the beginning of this French docu-
mentary (made last year), in the midst of a European conference one of the speakers tells us that our pre-
sent generation of children is the first in modern history not to be as healthy as its parents. "That should not be," the speaker concludes, yet envi-
ronmentally-caused cancer is on the rise throughout Europe (many statistics are included in the film to back this up this statement). A listener then asks if any specific new evidence exists of the linkage between cancer and environment. The speaker tells her, yes, of course: There is always plenty of evidence. What is lacking is any political will. Sound familiar?
Progressive Americans -- call them liberals if you must -- often imagine that Europe is light years ahead of us in terms of environmental issues. FOOD BEWARE: THE FRENCH ORGANIC REVOLUTION (titled Nos enfants nous accuseront in the original -- or "Our Kids Will Accuse Us") raises the question of just how true this might be. France, so the movie tells us, has long been in bed with the manufacturers of pesticides and the chemical industry with results that can now clearly be seen in the rise of environmental cancer. What makes this seems particularly ironic and eye-opening is that Food Beware is set in the midst of the gorgeous French countryside, where one might expect organic everything -- from the produce to farming, fishing and sex. But as that old catch-phrase (mostly relegated to third-world travel) used to tell us: Don't drink the water. At least, not from every local stream, lake or reservoir.