Monday, February 15, 2010

Movie Review: Food, Inc.

In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.

Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

We watched this last night (I know, so romantic - lol!).... and it had SO much wonderful information, that I personally found difficult to retain all at once.  I found this movie to be an amazingly well balanced and  non-biased (ie not pushing from a tree-hugger, save the environment, save the world stand). A very eye opening (shocking, actually!) documentary about where our food comes from... how junk/processed food is subsidized, hence the reason it's so much less expensive than real food...  as well as the overall horrific state, our food industry is in now - from the production & employees to the farms & environment... it's sickening.  Important, Definitely a movie that is astonishing, informational, and so very important  for *every* American to see!! 

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