Food, Inc.Director: Robert Kenner, Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan, Joe Salatin
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Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations. By exposing the comfortable relationships between business and government, Kenner gradually shines light on the dark underbelly of the American food industry. The USDA and FDA are supposed to protect the public, so why is it that both government regulatory agencies have been complicit in allowing corporations to put profit ahead of consumer health, the American farmer, worker safety, and even the environment? As chicken breasts get bigger and tomatoes are genetically engineered not to go bad, 73,000 Americans fall ill from powerful new strains of E. coli every year, obesity levels are skyrocketing, and adult diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. Perhaps if the general public knew how corporations use exploited laws and subsidies to create powerful monopolies, the outrage would be enough to make us think more carefully about the food we put into our bodies.
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|Mark Adler||Score Composer|
|Stewart Pearce||Sound/Sound Designer|
|William Pohlad||Executive Producer|
|Robin Schorr||Executive Producer|
|Peter Skoll||Executive Producer|
|Jeff Skoll||Executive Producer|
|Susumu Tokunow||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Diane Weyermann||Executive Producer|
1. Introduction [4:04]
2. Fast Food to All Food [12:55]
3. A Cornucopia of Choice [7:53]
4. Unintended Consequences [13:55]
5. The Dollar Menu [5:28]
6. In the Class [13:42]
7. Hidden Costs [8:02]
8. From Seed to the Supermarkets [10:05]
9. The Veil [8:04]
10. Shocks to the System [2:22]
11. Power of the Consumer [4:42]
12. Credits [2:23]
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
English 2.0 Dolby Digital
Cheapness Comes at a Price
There's No Place Called Away
Honoring the Pigness of the Pig
It Could Happen Again
Smells Like Money
It's In the Grass
Designing the Perfect Pork Chop
We're In an Epidemic Now
Celebrity Public Service Announcements
Child Nutrition Act
Anthony LaPlagia and Gia Carides
ABC News Nightline "You Are What You Eat": Food with Integrity
"The Amazing Food Detective" and "Snacktown Smackdown": Stay Active and Eat Healthy
Food, Inc. - The Book
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This movie is a must for anyone who eats or feeds a family meat. I gave up meat years ago because of how it made me feel. I do eat chicken and fish but do cook meat for family and friends. I have gone organic and after seeing this movie - everyone I know who thought I may have gone "over the top" is now grateful. This movie is enightening considering TV commercials by Mr. Purdue who claims his birds are fed marigolds and nothing with hormones or antibiotics. Quite an eye opener and I applaud the female farmer who showed the read Purdue story. We as Americans have the right to decent, healthy food without worrying if we're about to kill or sicken our children or grandchildren with tainted food.
I wasn't sure that I would want to see this film, as I feared it would focus upon the violent and gruesome nature of slaughterhouses. I also do not enjoy self-righteous diatribes or paranoid propaganda. Although there certainly was some provocative footage, the tenor of the film was not sensational. We watched it with our college-age children and had a great discussion how our eating habits impact the world. I don't think that anyone could ever look down the rows of food at a grocery store the same way again, after viewing this film and gaining a bit more perspective about the role of business in our country's food production.
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes with your food before it reaches your plate? While most of us might not realize exactly what goes into our food, or at times not even think about it. But director Robert Kenner and his production team seek to bring out the truth about what goes on behind the scenes of the food industry and make it transparent so we all know the truth about what goes into our food so we can make more decisions about what we put into our body. There's a lot of mystery in what goes on with our food. Whether it's ingredients we have no idea what they are, or whether it's the general process through which our food goes through, there's a lot that we don't know. The food industry hasn't really helped us in finding out either. Shrouding the farms that work for major industry markets in secrecy, and restaurant chains fighting tooth in nail to avoid giving us nutritional values for the meals we eat it seems as though the food industry as something to hide. As depicted in Food, Inc. the food industry does have a lot to hide. Not only do the ingredients that go into our food seem less than savory, but their deplorable treatment of stock animals, farmers, and workers are enough to make anyone sick to their stomach. The filmmakers don't just attack their query though, they try to present both sides of the story from the consumer to the market leaders, unfortunately in the case of the market leaders they more often than not decline to be interviewed. And while this documentary might not answer all of our questions about the food industry, it definitely does a great job at helping us realize that things must change. In the end Food Inc. doesn't just tell us about our food, but how the industry has changed things in America altogether. From appointed government officials who formerly worked for big name corporations and have influenced legislation on their behalf, to the food industry's influence on illegal immigration this film approaches all aspects of the trade. I highly recommend this film, not only to open your eyes to what your eating, but to help you understand how and why things need to change. 5/5
This is a wonderful film and a must see for anyone who eats.
Very informative and well told; compliments Omnivores Dilema and In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan as well as the book Fast Food Nation.
Absolutely riveting.. felt very sad for our country and its politics.. makes you look not only at food but the agencies that we trust to protect us.. one must ask, is money more important than humanity?
This is a great documentary for anyone who is trying to make thier life a little greener. An in depth and informative source of information on the food we eat and the way it is produced. The film also shows the corporate giant influence of power over production and the farmers. It also shows you what you can do to help start making changes, as well as, the effects your purchasing power has. It will show you what is in your food and introduce you to some companies and people who are making changes for a better and organic product. Watch this movie and it will have an influence on your shopping list.
This movie is a must see and would be great to have it as an educational requirement starting in the 6th grade!!!! This information needs to be shared and shared!!!
I was very hestitant to view this movie, but am very glad I did. Some parts were very disturbing and I had to fast forward through. I highly recommend this to everyone, and have told many friends and family to view. As with myself, most are hesitant to watch it. Ones that have are wanting to make a change. I know I have made changes in the products I now select for my family and am very glad I have. We all have a choice and as the gentleman said in the film, every time we go to the store we are voting, and I want more and more people to vote-that way our voices will be heard, and we will be able to make a difference in our food!! Again, a must see for everyone.
This is a must see. You need to know the truth. Very interesting and kept me watching the whole time. Great! Highly recommend! Don't miss this chance!
Everyone should see this. The truth about where your food comes from is so powerful that if everyone in America saw this MAYBE we would see some changes in food production. The truth is ugly and will truly change how you view food in the supermarket and could help us all make more informed choices.
I have seen the author on tv and wanted very much to see the movie. Not only does it make you think.....you will never look at chicken the same way. I shop somewhat differently and am much more aware of what I should and should not be eating. It is not easy to just stop everything you do for a lifetime but I will forever feel the effects of this information!
You will not want to think of all the things you have eaten prior to seeing this film. Once you see it, you will never eat the same again--not if you care about yourself or your family. I bought the book after seeing the movie, but the book loses something without the video to make it crystal clear. This is film is so well done that you will forget you are watching a documentary. Luckily I live in an area where farming is still a way of life for some. As such, I have access to organically grown produce, grass fed beef, free range chickens and so much more. Most big grocers are now bringing quality food to their produce and meat sections. We should all be taking a stand against what we are being given for options at our grocery store.
I teach culinary art at a high school level and some of my comrades that teach science turned me on to this film. I am by no means a tree hugger or a veg head but after watching this movie I thought I should share it with my class. I grade them on the notes they take, as well as their participation in an open discussion on the film. As a chef I had been trying to use local farmers for organic or as close to organic produce for some time and continued to do so after leaving the industry. I had already been a big fan of wild game but more so now. I would also like to use organic proteins if possible and if they were more affordable. Watching this film has redirected my family toward a healthy path for our future.