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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 Paperback – May 5, 2009
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“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.”
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“If you care about what you’re eating, you should see the new documentary Food Inc.”
“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.”
About the Author
Karl Weber is a writer and editor based in New York. He collaborated with Muhammad Yunus on his bestseller Creating a World Without Poverty, edited The Best of I. F. Stone, and, with Andrew W. Savitz, co-authored The Triple Bottom Line: How Today’s Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Success—And How You Can Too.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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!
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.Read more ›
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I've been in the food industry for a number of years, so there isn't much that surprised me in this book. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Desiree Dee
Food Inc. is a very good book. I bought it used after seeing the documentary. It is a very informative book, provides additional information and resources that the movie... Read morePublished 3 months ago by G. Ryan
Stupid me thought this was going to be like the movie--you know, like when you read Harry Potter in great detail, then you watch the movie. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Rita Bologna
Its appalling that our government is allowing this to go on behind closed doors. Other countries such as Europe care about their people and want their country to be healthy and... Read morePublished 14 months ago by J.B
Good collection of essays from big name authors in the field. I would recommend this book to those just beginning to explore the subject as it is old news to those already familiar... Read morePublished 16 months ago by mandy