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Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It [Kindle Edition]

Karl Weber , Participant Media
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Food, Inc. is guaranteed to shake up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “more than a terrific movie—it’s an important movie.” Aided by expert commentators such as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film poses questions such as: Where has my food come from, and who has processed it? What are the giant agribusinesses and what stake do they have in maintaining the status quo of food production and consumption? How can I feed my family healthy foods affordably?

Expanding on the film’s themes, the book Food, Inc. will answer those questions through a series of challenging essays by leading experts and thinkers. This book will encourage those inspired by the film to learn more about the issues, and act to change the world.



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David Denby, New Yorker
“Those of us who avoid junk food, with many sighs of relief and self-approval, may still be eating junk a good deal of the time. This enraging fact, which will not surprise anyone who has read such muckraking books as Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation” (2001) and Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” (2006), is one of the discomforting meanings of the powerful new documentary “Food, Inc.,” an angry blast of disgust aimed at the American food industry.”

The American Conservative
“If you care about what you’re eating, you should see the new documentary Food Inc.”

Takepart.com
“Most of you have probably heard about Food, Inc., the movie, but did you also know there’s a companion book to the film? The book explores the challenges raised by the movie in fascinating depth through 13 essays, most of them written especially for this book, and many by experts featured in the film. Highlights include chapters by Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food), Anna Lappe (Hope’s Edge and Grub), Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation and film co-producer), Robert Kenner (film director), and a chapter on asking the right questions from Sustainable Table! The book is so popular it’s already in its fourth printing.”

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David Denby, "New Yorker"
"Those of us who avoid junk food, with many sighs of relief and self-approval, may still be eating junk a good deal of the time. This enraging fact, which will not surprise anyone who has read such muckraking books as Eric Schlosser's "Fast Food Nation" (2001) and Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" (2006), is one of the discomforting meanings of the powerful new documentary "Food, Inc.," an angry blast of disgust aimed at the American food industry."

"The American Conservative"
"If you care about what you're eating, you should see the new documentary Food Inc."

"Takepart.com"
"Most of you have probably heard about "Food, Inc.", the movie, but did you also know there's a companion book to the film? The book explores the challenges raised by the movie in fascinating depth through 13 essays, most of them written especially for this book, and many by experts featured in the film. Highlights include chapters by Michael Pollan ("Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food"), Anna Lappe ("Hope's Edge" and "Grub"), Eric Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation" and film co-producer), Robert Kenner (film director), and a chapter on asking the right questions from Sustainable Table! The book is so popular it's already in its fourth printing."


Product Details

  • File Size: 668 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1586486942
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition, Media tie-in edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E749SA
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262 of 279 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From the front lines of the food wars May 21, 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is a companion piece to the documentary Food Inc. It consists of 25 essays on topics ranging from agribusiness, to so-called "frankenfoods," to pesticides and hormones, to biofuels, to nutrition and global hunger. The essays are written by acknowledged experts including Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation (2006) and Michael Pollan, who wrote some of the best books I have read on food, including The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (2001), The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), and In Defense of Foods: An Eater's Manifesto (2008)--see my reviews at Amazon.

The topics are presented in a fairly balanced way with one essay followed by an essay termed "ANOTHER TAKE." For example Peter Pringle's piece "Food, Science, and the Challenge of World Hunger--Who Will Control the Future?" argues that genetically modified (GM) foods are not as dangerous as some think and they can, with proper precautions taken, help us feed a growing world population. However in the next essay, using the term "genetically engineered" (GE) foods, Ronnie Cummins argues that such foods are dangerous and threaten to take away from local farmers the ability to grow food and give that power solely to agribusiness.

In his essay, "Exploring the Corporate Powers behind the Way We Eat," Robert Kenner recounts his experience making Food Inc. emphasizing how closed and secretive are the big corporations that produce and process our food. They wouldn't let him and his camera crews into their plants and they made the people who would talk to him feel threatened. There was no counter to this, possibly because the agribusiness people wouldn't participate in the book just as they wouldn't cooperate in the making of the film. This is damning.
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87 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food Inc. June 20, 2009
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Just saw the film and ordered book. I don't understand why people think organic is so expensive. It's not the same product as the nonorganic version. Scientifically speaking,. it's a different substance. It has more nutrition in it. And why do people think healthy food takes all this time to prepare? You just eat a peach, not a candy bar. Smart choices don't cost more time - they just require a different mentality than buying into the corporate-controlled marketing mindset. And staying out of the supermarket. You want to talk about spending too much - the supermarket is The Worst Place to go. It's ALL about making you spend money. On soda, on chips. Please also read The End of Overeating by Kessler about hypersaturated foods supermarkets always try to sell you.

And those people featured in the film - the Hispanics who eat at McDonald's? I don't understand why they aren't buying food from the taco truck, like in my neighborhood. Bean burritos are filled with nutrition. And they're cheap.

Nonetheless point made. Why are we paying for corn subsidies that line the pockets of giant agribusiness and THEN we still have to pay AGAIN for diabetics, etc. ...not only do we have the world's most ridiculous healthcare "system", the agribusiness corporate interests have given us the world's most ridiculous food system. Read Exposed and you will see how Europeans haven't bought into this toxic melange in healthcare and in food. It's a wonder we Americans are even living. Wake up America! We've got to act soon. Before we spend ourselves to death treating all the problems the food industry has created and the health insurance industry is only too happy to surgically intervene in. Frankenworld!
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely perfect July 17, 2009
Format:Paperback
This book is a perfect book for new comers to the food industry as well as a good first-read to those interested in helping with the current food crisis. It covers many different subjects and allows the reader to choose which subjects they would like to further pursue.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Companion to a movie about our freedoms as Americans October 13, 2009
Format:Paperback
Picture a sheppard dog punching out a time clock(our fathers' generation). Now the guard is changing - our generation is going to have the sheep(the people) protected by... wait/he's punching in the time clock/WOW! He's back dating it!!! ...(ZOOM IN)... It's a Wolf in government's clothing.
There are three parts to this superb compilation of writers who are intrinsic/intimate to the inner/outer workings in the incipient indusrialization of our food: Part one/THE FILM, Part two/INSIDE THE FOOD WARS, Part three/WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT IT.
The best way to describe it (other than it digs down into the bare bones of this dirty business) is the way the film maker got involved himself; with the help of Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollen, and many others, as he describes in his chapter: Exploring the Corporate Powers Behind the Way We Eat: The Making of FOOD, INC.
He tells of setting out to make a film about food & then inexplicably, runs into an iron curtain separating him from seeing where the food comes from?. So he decides to: matter-of-fact state when companies(many household names)refuse to let the public know what they are in fact buying.
He finds sickness from contaminated food on the rise, as lobbying power cripple efforts to police the industry/a matter of public safety.
He finds that although the government provides inspectors to protect consumers, their authority is waning as the government gives greater responsibility to self-regulation.
Unfortunately, the film he set out to make is turning into a film about unchecked corporate power. He is fortunate to expose it. Unfortunate, because it is ipso facto.
He finds the "Food Disparagement" laws that are meant to scare the bejeezus out of you.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book for those new to the subject
Good collection of essays from big name authors in the field. I would recommend this book to those just beginning to explore the subject as it is old news to those already familiar... Read more
Published 5 days ago by mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars shocking truths
A must read with shocking truths.
Published 1 month ago by BrendaKL
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must read for everybody!
Published 1 month ago by Logan
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Me
I wish this was mandatory reading. It is filled with eye popping, mind blowing information. Absolutely essential reading.
Published 1 month ago by Tawnya J. Luke
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good book but lacks flair; it's a bit laborious to read.
Published 3 months ago by David A. Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars Ehh it's alright. I liked it.
I read the book Food, INC, and it was actually a really cool book. I came into the book thinking it was going to be another book that is filled with advertisements and ways to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by cristian figueroa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Watch the movie. Highlight the book.
Published 5 months ago by Joshua Nicklin
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent read. Will watch the documentary
well needed information....excellent read. Will watch the documentary
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth DaCosta
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great!!!!!!!!!!!
Published 6 months ago by Sara Monk
4.0 out of 5 stars Educational, but too much of a liberal bias
I really enjoyed this and it has helped me change a lot of what I think about my food consumption. There was too much conservative bashing and liberal praise to make this... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Janis RH
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