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YOU'LL NEVER LOOK AT DINNER THE SAME WAY AGAIN
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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 profi t 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.
"IT MIGHT CHANGE YOUR LIFE." - O, THE OPRAH MAGAZINE
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
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 10216
- Director : Robert Kenner
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 34 minutes
- Release date : November 3, 2009
- Actors : Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, Richard Lobb, Vince Edwards, Carole Morison
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : Spanish
- Producers : Bill Pohlad, Diane Weyermann, Elise Pearlstein, Eric Schlosser
- Language : Unqualified (Dolby Digital 5.0)
- Studio : Magnolia Home Ent
- ASIN : B0027BOL4G
- Writers : Elise Pearlstein, Kim Roberts, Robert Kenner
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #22,223 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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 video goes hand in hand with FED UP, which deals with sugar and hints at the mum-order put on Michelle Obama when she tried to make the nation aware of the problem.
Also recommended follow-up is the book BRAIN MAKER by neurosurgeon David Perlmutter. This explains the inner workings of the gut and its effect on neurological problems like Alzheimers, Autism, and ADD. He calls Alzheimers Type 3 Diabetes. All of this is related to what FOOD INC and FED UP are exposing. A silent chemical warfare on the citizens of America.
Unfortunately, the economy would be shaken if people started to pay attention, so big business is in the business of hushing whistle-blowers like these. You will not regret watching this, and it may save your life.
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in a critical time when our own farmers have been assailed by cheap imports without animal welfare being an issue. I am sending a copy of this film to Mr Gove in the New Year because he has been given the guardianship of our environment during Brexit. Lets hope with some common sense and with the renewed vigour that Brexit may afford us we can decide to make that change and put animals welfare firmly back into our food production methods and put proper safe food on the table for our young folk.
Among the things we learn are that genetically modified seeds are actually patented, because the process used for modifying them is, which creates various problems to nearby farmers that grow corn in the traditional, ecological way, when the wind naturally brings the modified seeds to their crops. We see chickens being shoved forward on a conveyor belt in order to get stamped (for ensured quality and health, I suppose) on the head, with seemingly no respect or care from the workers. We change the natural diet of animals in order to make them as big and fat as possible, to the point where they are unable to walk, or even stand up.
This is not a film for the faint-hearted or those who are easily grossed out.
All the individuals in the film are very charismatic and memorable people, and the stories they tell are often heart-breaking. One that particularly stands out is about a boy who dies from E. coli poisoning at only four years of age. His mother decides to start an organisation in his memory, with the goal of preventing factories from keep manufacturing contaminated meat, only to realise just how much power the corporations in question have.
The products we buy in stores often don't contain information about their origins or if they contain artificial ingredients, which is nothing but insulting to customers, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.
All this makes for a sickening and fascinating experience that raises both big and very important questions, but for all the praise this documentary rightfully gets, it's not perfect.
The film takes itself very seriously and is almost completely humourless, unless for some flashy animations, if they count as a sign of humour, and a lot of irony, but with a subject matter this serious, it rarely comes across as funny (which may not be the point, but I'll get to that later). This makes the film a bit of a bore, especially if the viewer plans to see it more than once. There are no outsiders present in the film; all the narration come from the participating experts and victims, often accompanied by sad piano/guitar music. The facts are sometimes shown in text and animation, when they easily could have been told to us by a stand alone narrator. We are told that none of the companies in question agreed to be interviewed, but we don't get a look at the process of when the creators contacted them and what their response was.
The film's biggest flaw becomes more evident in the bonus material. Director Robert Kenner tells us that he wanted to create a documentary that would entertain the viewer and didn't shove the facts into people's faces. In that aspect, it doesn't completely fulfill it's promise, because "Food, Inc." is many things, but it's not entertaining. It presents cold facts, no more and no less.
But despite its seriousness and mostly minor flaws, "Food, Inc." is a very important movie to watch. The message is strong, and the images it shows are unforgettable. It may not be entertaining enough to watch several times, but the facts it presents are without a doubt disturbing enough to make most viewers question their usual diets and purchases, and hopefully they make people take a closer look at what their favourite food actually contains the next time they go to the store (if the information is there, of course.)
The effect on the environment is of no real concern. Also the spread of a new strain of E coli seems to be of no particular importance. If you are worried about chlorinated chicken or similar other food imported from America, see this film and be very worried!
The DVD as received is region 2 (PAL), right for Europe, Africa and Japan, and of excellent quality in an innovative cardboard sleeved package.