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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing---you need to look under the veil, May 21, 2009
This review is from: Food, Inc. (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.

Kenner uses photography and imagery to make his points, and he interlaces this film with scenes of amazing beauty and graphic cruelty. "Food, Inc." is not an easy film to watch, and it should not be. Kenner uses the final frames to deliver some to-do's for those who want to respond to the film not just in conversation but through action. As trite as it sounds, if you can only see one movie this year, go to this one. (When the negative review start cropping up for this movie, it would be interesting to see how many of those are from food industry insiders and their minions.)
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Initial post: Nov 21, 2009 7:37:43 PM PST
Painter says:
I just saw the film. This review sums it up very well. Thank you.

Posted on May 26, 2011 9:19:25 AM PDT
D. Briggs says:
Great review! I just got the DVD and I am watching it. That made up my mind
to get my food from local farm markets and my meat from farmers that don't use
pesticides. Thanks for your insights!

Dee Briggs
Mt. Vernon, OH

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 10:26:37 AM PDT
D. Ferreira says:
This is a great review,this documentary is amazing,should be watched by everyone!!

Posted on Jan 21, 2012 2:08:34 PM PST
the eye 5555 says:
There is a documentary(do not be fooled by the movie with the same name] called 'Farmageddon' if you love freedom in providing your own food...you must do your best to watch this!

Posted on Feb 9, 2013 7:22:31 PM PST
predsjack says:
My family has changed our eating habits. no more chicken for a start and I have all my beef ground from whole cuts such as steaks and roast so no additives. So much needs to change. 80% of Americans are obese, connect the dots. Industry is feeding poultry growth hormones, where does it go? into our bodies and we are the end of the food chain, obese.
when are we going to figure out why. Weight loss is a big industry, too. Gmo seeds are not helping the human race, just the company's that profit from it. Our food supply is being tainted and modified. All across the south corn fields and soybean fields are showing Round-Up ready seed used in fields and the small farmer can't not go with the flow or industry will make them go broke if they resist using the Gmo seeds. Round-up is a poison and its in your soy products and your corn. Corn and soy is in everything and Americans are dying of cancer at alarming rates, thousands of time more of us than 50 years ago. Cancer is big business. Is this what "We" do to stop overpopulation? Protect yourself as best you can. Stop eating fast food, Cook for yourself and buy organic from small food producers. Cast your vote against Gmo's and be aware of what you are eating. This was an outstanding film, I am glad we are able to watch it. Everyone needs to see this and believe it. Its only the tip of the iceberg.

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Posted on Sep 3, 2014 1:46:49 AM PDT
Sakuteiki says:
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health Thomas Campbell was raised on a cattle ranch, and slowly evolved his thinking through his own research into well being resulting from carnivore or herbivore based diets.

Broken Hearts: The Tangled History of Cardiac Care David Jones is reviewed in Harvard magazine as Cardiac Conundrum. Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States. The history of angioplasty and coronary artery bypass is outlined as well as the lack of evidence for the extension of life by even one day, although the surgical procedures do decrease pain as palliative symptom relief. The actual damage is to the microvasculature, the tiny blood vessels of the heart, eyes, kidneys, brain.

Hidden Persuasion: 33 Psychological Influences Techniques in Advertising Van Leeuwen details the ways our inclinations are used to seduce us into doing things reflexively instead of analytically.

The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does Sonja Lyubomirsky reveals research into hedonic adaptation, and how impulsive decisions can harm happiness

American Association for the Advancement of Science 15Aug2014 special issue is devoted to Parenting. Junk food consumption even before conception, during pregnancy and breastfeeding impact children whose own sperm or eggs register heritable epigenetic changes which damage the health of multiple succeeding generations.

Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from the Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development George Vaillant MD study of 800 teens from 1940s through the present, lifestyle choices and health outcomes.

One in three cases of dementia are preventable. Of the seven preventable causes of dementia: obesity, diabetes, lack of physical activity, high blood pressure, untreated depression, lack of lifelong learning, smoking cigarettes or marijuana, three are interrelated: obesity, diabetes, lack of physical activity which Food Inc portrays as aggravated by fast food consumption.

These further resources may be of interest to you. Thank you for the review
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