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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."


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261 of 278 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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85 of 99 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST read for every American October 18, 2009
Format:Paperback
You will be shocked at the effects factory farming is having on the safety of our food. This book is most effective after viewing the film; however, it is an incredible eye-opener. It expands on topics seen in the film like genetic modification of seeds and the ramifications of this process. You will also learn more about the treatment of immigrant workers in this country and will soon understand why no Americans want to do the work. TO add insult to injury you will be blown to frustration over the politics involved. If you eat food and you think you are 100% safe under our food safety policies, you need to see the film and read this book.
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48 of 59 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars generally okay but leaves a lot to be desired August 1, 2009
Format:Paperback
I must have misunderstood both the format and the purpose of this text when I purchased it. I was under the impression it would be a comprehensive account concerning the development and corporatization of the modern food industry in our country; what I got instead was multiple essays, from various authors, that were both elementary, and on avergae, uninformative.
If you want a very general and basic introduction to current issues, such as pesticide use or factory farming, etc., then this text may be helpful. For those that already have a good understanding concerning what is wrong in the food industry but want to know why and how it came to be, Food Inc. may leave you disappointed.
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10 of 10 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Everyone Needs to Read
This book has so much information on the food we eat and how to keep yourself
in good health. I wasn't always healthy, but the more I read books like Food, INC. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Jeanne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
It is scary the foods we eat, and don't even know what the how's and why's of our food. This is a wake up call!
Published 1 month ago by Rory Chastain
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
A very wide outlook on the topic at hand. Interesting to read short articles from many different writers. A good broad viewpoint and many different points of view. Read more
Published 1 month ago by simone rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Really good and informative book and (also movie) about where our food comes from and how the industry has essentially monopolized it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ahalilov
5.0 out of 5 stars Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us...
This book was sent to me from my sister. Given to me as a gift. I would recommend and I enjoy reading this book.
Published 3 months ago by elfer
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Had to buy for a class. Teacher used it as an example of poorly researched popular press information regarding today's nutrition trends. Read more
Published 3 months ago by For Example
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary but a MUST watch
To me this movie is a must see for everyone.. It is wonderful documentary about how the food industry is a Mafia and bully.
Published 4 months ago by Simone H. Maduro
5.0 out of 5 stars Revolutionary, educational, EYE OPENING
This movie was one of the first to start a health revolution. Thank you food inc. Our food system is improving a lot and you have been a major part of it. Grateful for you
Published 4 months ago by Gris
5.0 out of 5 stars Our food is making us sick in America
Very educational and eye opening about what is going on in this country in the food industry and how it is making Americans sick. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pat Schutter
4.0 out of 5 stars Worst facts
Real facts in our life was showed in this book. The more important relationship is between the food and enviroment. How it is sustentável ?
Published 8 months ago by Fabíola
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