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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
Deleted scenes (approx. 40 mins)
ABC News "Nightline" segment from "You Are What You Eat" series
Stay Active and Eat Healthy Featurette
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Remember the Chicken Fast Food COMMERCIAL that has a COW with a sign that says "Eat more Chikin" ... after watching this, you might even cut back on the chicken too and Eat More PASTA. This documentary and others like it, should be watched by the general public (and even kids in high school).
More companies are ADVERTISING "PASTURE RAISED" as HEALTHIER FOOD AND MORE HUMANE TREATMENT OF LIVESTOCK.
Remember all of those E-COLI OUTBREAKS that you hear pretty often in the news. These are oftentimes, huge animal feed lots with animals eating corn out of a trough while living and walking in mud and excrement (where the E-COLI comes from) ... And the chickens have a PAINFUL life starting at day one until they're slaughtered, living in closed barracks with NO LIGHT. Unlike story books or family farm of a hundred years ago, there are NO COWS WANDERING CONTENTED THRU SCENIC PASTURES WITH GRASS AND FLOWERS. First, comes CORPORATE PROFIT, COSTS and EFFICIENCY then the PUBLIC MARKETING.
The film brings out alternative, REALISTIC viewpoints, such as local CO-OPS of family farms for people who may be concerned about HEALTHIER food and MAYBE the Humane treatment of livestock (at least for their DAY TO DAY LIVING CONDITIONS) for most of their life.
Consider that COWS, PIGS and even CHICKENS are at the SAME LEVEL of Intelligence, Feelings and Emotions as your FAMILY DOG or the HORSE that you ride on vacation. Just because we ONLY SEE what's left of them in the SUPERMARKET PLASTIC WRAP, does that REALLY make it "HUMANE". At least consider supporting those (smaller) companies and Co-Ops (Meat and Dairy) who try to give their livestock a relatively decent life. You don't have to become a vegetarian, but maybe eat pasta of fish more often and READ the MARKETING LABELS more carefully.
*** Go to the Internet Sites for "ORGANIC VALLEY" and "VITAL FARMS" and NESTFRESH" as an example and find out WHICH SUPERMARKETS support these Co-Ops. You might pay an extra dollar or two, but supporting the right thing to do has to start somewhere.
--- pasture-raised refers to where it eats (on a pasture) ... not in a
cage or crowded with thousands in barns
--- organic, cage-free, and free-range classifications/certifications do
not guarantee that the birds are fed a natural diet or that they live
the life of a normal chicken
--- “grass-fed” refers only to what an animal eats (grass) - not how good
or bad it's treated
(sites) localharvest_org / eatwild_com / americanhumane_org / humaneheartland_org / humaneitarian_org / certifiedhumane_org
(books here at Amazon etc)
ANIMAL FACTORY: THE LOOMING THREAT of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms TO HUMANS AND THE ENVIRONMENT
FATAL HARVEST: THE TRAGEDY OF INDUSTRIAL AGRICULTURE
SLAUGHTERHOUSE: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment Inside Th U.S. Meat Industry
BLEATING HEARTS: THE HIDDEN WORLD OF ANIMAL SUFFERING
FARM SANCTUARY: CHANGING HEARTS AND MINDS ABOUT ANIMALS AND FOOD
THE LUCKY ONES: MY PASSIONATE FIGHT FOR FARM ANIMALS
MY GENTLE BARN: CREATING A SANCTUARY WHERE ANIMALS HEAL AND CHILDREN LEARN TO HOPE
Animal Factory: The Looming Threat of Industrial Pig, Dairy, and Poultry Farms to Humans and the Environment
Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy Of Industrial Agriculture
Slaughterhouse: The Shocking Story of Greed, Neglect and Inhumane Treatment Inside Th U.S. Meat Industry
Bleating Hearts: The Hidden World of Animal Suffering
Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food
The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals
My Gentle Barn: Creating a Sanctuary Where Animals Heal and Children Learn to Hope
This documentary is about the food industry, and how the major meat and poultry manufacturers grow and get their products to us. It's eye-opening in the way the animals we eat are treated as a commodity and not given a second thought to their feelings. They are just products in an assembly line. It discusses the dangers in terms of disease that arises from the conditions these animals are forced to live in, and the power these manufacturers have. It also documents a growing movement of farmers who are growing their own free-range animals and treated humanely.
As someone that just came back from a trip overseas (Laos), in a country of basically independent farmers, I've seen free roaming cows, chickens, pigs, and other animals—this is how they should be treated. It's not only for the animal's sake but it really all comes down to taste. I've never tasted food this delicious. The care the farmers provide to their animals shows in the end. I've tasted organic meats from Whole Foods, and I've tasted meats in Laos, the difference is immediate, Laos meats tasted even better. I had to ask my parents what they put in their food. "Nothing," they said. "Not even salt and pepper?" "No". (The truth is they use some MSG, which has an inaccurate reputation. MSG isn't bad for you. Glutamates are naturally occurring in all kinds of foods. In the words of Anthony Bourdain, Chinese restaurant syndrome was created by racism.) In any case, with or without the MSG, it was still a step up in taste compared to Whole Foods.
Food, Inc starts as a sad tale of an assembly line industry but ends up looking hopeful as the consumer's voices have spoken as to what we want: organic food options, and we're willing to pay for it. I'm glad the market is listening and giving us more humane and healthier options. Recommended.
We have denatured this Earth in a hurry to make everything bigger, faster, and better than what it was supposedly before we came and "improved" it with technology. We need to step back and realize that some things do take time and we need to take care of ourselves and that which we ingest.
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