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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.
For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles, talking to authors, advocates, farmers, and CEOs, like co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms), and Barbara Kowalcyk, who's been lobbying for more rigorous standards since E. coli claimed the life of her two-year-old son. The filmmaker takes his camera into slaughterhouses and factory farms where chickens grow too fast to walk properly, cows eat feed pumped with toxic chemicals, and illegal immigrants risk life and limb to bring these products to market at an affordable cost. If eco-docs tends to preach to the converted, Kenner presents his findings in such an engaging fashion that Food, Inc. may well reach the very viewers who could benefit from it the most: harried workers who don't have the time or income to read every book and eat non-genetically modified produce every day. Though he covers some of the same ground as Super-Size Me and King Corn, Food Inc. presents a broader picture of the problem, and if Kenner takes an understandably tough stance on particular politicians and corporations, he's just as quick to praise those who are trying to be responsible--even Wal-Mart, which now carries organic products. That development may have more to do with economics than empathy, but the consumer still benefits, and every little bit counts. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- 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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If more people would only educate themselves on this issue, so much change could happen - for the good, of course. Not only by getting rid of factory farms but also by reducing the diseases humans get from eating so many corrupted foods. Even foods we thought were good for us. Yes, apples are good for us but not if they are contaminated with so many pesticides and other chemicals that tumors pop up in our intestines.
The more people who know about this and change their ways, the better chance we have at Starving the Beast until it dies. This beast being the companies that operate this way.
This was a big eye opener for me. Since I watched this last year (and 2 more times since then), I made changes in the products I buy and I'm still working towards consuming better products and finding ways of removing the middle-man and supporting the local producers.
It's hard to walk away from GMO products or brands that abuse animals and farmers, but I'm making progress slowly. I'm buying more local stuff from local farms, which helps them (plus is nice to establish a relationship with the farmer instead of buying veggies from the supermarket where you have minimal human contact).
Help yourself, your family, your local farmers and animals, and stop making the big companies even richer at the expense of our health and the lives of humble farmers.