2009 · PG · 1h 31m
Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA in his new film.
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. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto), Food, Inc.reveals surprising – and often shocking truths – about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.
About the Filmmakers
Food, Inc. was produced by Magnolia Home Entertainment and directed by Robert Kenner. Find out more about the film at takepart.com.
“The next time you tuck into a nice T-bone, reflect that it probably came from a cow that spent much of its life standing in manure reaching above its ankles. That’s true even if you’re eating the beef at a pricey steakhouse. Most of the beef in America comes from four suppliers.” – Roger Ebert. “Food, Inc. Movie Review.” Rogerebert.com. 17 Aug 2009
“Forget buckets of blood. Nothing says horror like one of those tubs of artificially buttered, nonorganic popcorn at the concession stand. That, at least, is one of the unappetizing lessons to draw from one of the scariest movies of the year, “Food, Inc.,” an informative, often infuriating activist documentary about the big business of feeding or, more to the political point, force-feeding, Americans all the junk that multinational corporate money can buy. You’ll shudder, shake and just possibly lose your genetically modified lunch.” – Manhola Dargis. “Meet Your New Farmer: Hungry Corporate Giant.” New York Times. 11 Jun 2009
“The questions posed by “Food, Inc.” are these: How much of a role should government play in regulating the food industry? Should we be heavily subsidizing the growth of corn, which consumes much of the heartland and makes it nearly impossible to grass-feed cattle and grow healthier vegetables on a mass scale? Should the Food and Drug Administration have greater power to stop the spread of E. coli and other food-borne illnesses? The answers Mr. Kenner and his supporters are seeking are, respectively: “a large role,” “of course not,” and “yes, duh!”” – Sonny Bunch. “Movie Review: Food, Inc.” Washington Times. 19 Jun 2009