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Must See Movie: Food, Inc.

With the amount of food recalls seeming to grown annually, it is easy to feel that our food system in the US is broken, and after watching the 94 minute documentary Food, Inc., you learn that it truly is.

From the opening shots of the supermarket, we begin to learn how corn and the fast food industry have changed the way Americans both grow and eat food. While the movie repeats many of the facts from Michael Pollan's informative book, In Defense of Food, the facts are just as interesting the second time around. Food, Inc. also delves deeper into the chemical giant Monsanto and its role in destroying the family farm from the seeds on up. Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation shares the narrator role with Pollan, and these two tear down the food industrial food system starting with corn and moving quickly to the meat industry. The film is peppered with interviews with farmers — chicken, corn, and soy — whose lives have been dramatically altered by multinational corporations' interest in commanding the food chain. The film is disturbing to say the least, but it ends with tales from Polyface farm, a family operation that makes food seem wholesome again. I left the theater charged up to make changes not only in my daily diet, but to petition the government to give power back to their regulatory arms, the USDA and FDA, to help keep our food supply safe. The Food, Inc. website has a petition to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act. After watching this documentary, you may never look at food the same way again.

Check out the trailer after the break.

Have you seen the movie? If so what did you think?

earthgoddess earthgoddess 8 years
While it is possible to get food-borne illnesses from organic foods, the chances are slim due to the strict standards required in order to become organically certified. One advantage to buying local food is that you know who grew it - it isn't coming from a foreign country and being shipped thousands of miles to end up on your table. Organic food is not a new trend, though it has really taken off in the last few years. All of our produce was organic prior to WW2 and has been available as an alternative in increasing amounts thereafter. To Anonymous FoodScienceG - the article you linked to is an Opinion piece, not a research piece. There are no links to sources used for the writing. I understand the gist of what the author was trying to get across, but it hardly dispels the truths of the organic industry. A great website to check out is the Organic Consumers Association - which is targeted to organic consumers but reports about flaws in the organic industry as well as conventional food production. And, if you're concerned about buying food locally, you can check out where you can find all kinds of local resources by just typing in your zip code. They are a directory of farmers, CSAs, farmer's markets, etc... offering both conventional and organic farming practices.
Phil Phil 8 years
Really hoping that this film stimulates change in our agricultural system more than Fast Food Nation. On food, and so many other issues that food is inherently tied to (i.e. climate change, sustainable energy, healthcare, human rights, non-human animal well fair, &c.), change needs to happen to get us out of our archaic mode of "destructive industry" in which we reap exponential benefits and turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the subtle but equal costs of our fast and easy lifestyles. As Michael Pollan, Wes Jackson, Wendell Berry, and so many of the heroes of agricultural reform have been saying, we need to move away from the centralized factory farms and promote regional agriculture, do away with our supermarket culture and reconnect with out food and our farmers through farmer's markets, incorporate some restraint in our lives and consume food in a way that doesn't condemn our children and grandchildren to what will be a wasteland if we don't change our habits and act with rationality and respect for the ecology in which we live. Another film that deserves to be getting the attention that Food, Inc. is getting is End of the Line which has been making a huge impact globally, exposing the dire situation the world's current aquacultural practices are entrenching.
morninghurts morninghurts 8 years
My friend and I tried to see it twice already and it was sold out both times. Going to try again this week!
equestriennechic equestriennechic 8 years
I'm glad this kind of stuff is finally getting the public attention that it deserves!!
livetolove livetolove 8 years
I read the book and it was fantastic. I'm excited to see the movie!
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