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Food, Inc. [Blu-ray] (2008)

Michael Pollan , Eric Schlosser , Robert Kenner  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,974 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Gary Hirschberg, Joe Salatin
  • Directors: Robert Kenner
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,974 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LBKDYE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,273 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Food, Inc. [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Celebrity Public Service Announcements
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ABC News "Nightline" segment from "You Are What You Eat" series
Stay Active and Eat Healthy Featurette
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Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how 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. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation.

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547 of 576 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
"Food, Inc." does more than serve as an exposé on the United States food industry--it connects the dots between the nefarious, contemptuous business practices of multinational corporations and their best friends, the compromised government regulatory agencies such as the USDA, FDA, and EPA, who have in the past been led by folks well connected within the very industries they are supposed to regulate.

But let's hold on a minute. Filmmaker Robert Kenner's documentary could have been just a dour, paranoid investigative piece and still told the truth. Instead, Mr. Kenner has made a colorful, fast-paced, and well-documented account of the state of the food supply in our country; the unintended consequences of the efficiencies, short-cuts, and technological methods inherent in factory farming; the insidious insider relationship between the meat industry and the agencies that should be regulating it; and the health effects, including diabetes, of consuming processed foods and fast foods.

Naturally, the culprits behind the curtain (e.g., Smithfield, Monsanto, Perdue) would not appear on camera, not because they are cowards but precisely because they are so powerfully connected, and have legions of lawyers and enforcers (yes, like any bully, these outfits do use intimidation), and are moving to control free speech and criticism of their practices.

The counterbalance to the doom and gloom comes from interview with small farmers; with entrepreneurs in the organic food business; with the brave folks who have tried to make a stand against the food industry; and with those experts who are striving to be modern day Paul Reveres in the face of mass indifference.
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213 of 231 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A food monoculture May 2, 2009
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Robert Kenner's movie is a perfect illustration of F. William Engdahl's book `Seeds of Destruction', which explains how international agribusinesses are trying to monopolize vertically and horizontally (and profit from) food production on a world scale.

The world's food chain is built mainly on heavily subsidized and, therefore, cheap corn. In fact, all humans chew corn the whole day long from bread over meat (all animals are fed with corn) to deserts and drinks. Transnational corporations are even trying to learn fish to eat corn. Corn becomes nearly a food monoculture.
A particular transnational company even developed through genetic engineering highly efficient corn seed which it patented, thereby creating a nearly seed monopoly. Buyers cannot use the produce of the seeds as plant seed for future harvests. The company's own inspection force controls with hawk eyes that its clients buy new genetically modified seed every year. Some of the company's supporters and former directors occupy key positions in US governments and government administrations (FDA).

The movie shows the disastrous effects of intensive farming on animals, as well as the health and environmental risks of diminished standards at livestock farming and slaughtering houses.
Fortunately, some biological farmers show more respect for their animals and for their clients.

At the end of the movie, the makers give a perfect list of recommendations for those wishing to eat `healthy' food.

This movie is a must see for all those who want to understand the world we live in.
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199 of 218 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Do you still want that $1 hamburger? June 17, 2009
Format:DVD
How many times do we have to see horror stories about how our food, the food we eat, the food that goes into our bodies is handled, before we stand up and do something about it? Apparently, many because we still haven't done anything.

"Food, Inc.", directed by Robert Kenner, and co-produced by Eric Schlosser (writer of "Fast Food Nation") and Michael Pollan (writer of "The Omnivore's Dilemma), takes an in depth view at a handful of various problems with the food industry in our country. Presented in "Chapters", Schlosser or Pollan introduce the various segments leading into a series of graphics, interviews, archival and hidden camera footage and more all of which illustrates the problems we are facing.

Did you know that Chickens have been engineered to grow faster and larger, in order to produce more breast meat? The companies who provide us with chicken realized a while back that we prefer white meat. When a customer prefers something, it is more efficient to grow what the customer wants. White meat is also more expensive, so it is a win-win situation for these companies to fulfill our needs and wants. But what about the dark meat? The result? Engineered chickens ready for slaughter faster and yielding more white meat. But it also results in chickens with no flavor that are grown in very inhumane conditions. Most never see sunlight and can't walk for very long because their internal organs can't keep up with the growth of their bodies.

For many years, corn farmers have lobbied lawmakers for protection and subsidies, and this has created an overwhelming abundance of corn. Because there is so much of the grain, scientists have worked out many ways to use the abundant staple, to prevent wasting it, and to maximize profits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Food for thought
If you're looking for a basic understanding of the large food corporations and real farmers, then this is it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Christian V
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 STARS
Well made-documnatry that exposes and reveals the truth.
Touches upon history, fact, people's experiences, shows real conditions of factory farming, direct interviews,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by tsuben
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth
Excellent movie and eye opening! The director does a great job of revealing what the average consumer does realize with regards to their food purchases.
Published 2 days ago by Jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Food Inc.
Our nation needs to wake up and realized what we're doing. Doesn't the fact that the big corporations refused to be interviewed tell us something?
Published 4 days ago by Kathryn McCrary
5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Very educational and eye-opening! I think this movie should be included in every school's curriculum! Everyone has a right to know where their food comes from.
Published 4 days ago by Christine M. Hendershot
4.0 out of 5 stars Awareness is priceless!
This documentary made me so aware of the things that no one wants you to know is happening. After watching this I have no choice in order to live with myself then to make drastic... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Laura Unruh
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening and a bit frightening
Always had a suspicion something like this was going on, but to see actual footage and hear what the farmers had to say was a bit shocking. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Carol M Bentz
4.0 out of 5 stars DEFINITELY WORTH IT
It started out just being for a college assignment, but turned out to be life changing. Enjoyed! Everyone wanting to live a healthier lifestyle should watch it.
Published 7 days ago by Janice Bellamy
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbiased, Real info (not too yucky as far as animal visuals). Faint of...
Faint of heart can still watch and learn a great deal from this unbiased and very informative show on where our food comes from and how it is processed. Read more
Published 8 days ago by R. Hay
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible documentary!!
Must watch!! Could change your view on the food you eat and from where and how you purchase your food!!!!!
Published 9 days ago by Derek Gordon
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