Food, INC came to my city and we were able to go and watch it. Wow! What a great reminder. This is definitely one of the best films I have watched on the topic of how food is grown in America and the problems with it.
This is a must see film!
Here is a great description of the film from the film’s official site.
“In Food, Inc., 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. 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) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, 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.”
I think the most important thought to take home from the film was the idea of “what are we voting for with our grocery money?”. Are we supporting an industry that ill treats it’s workers, contains contaminated food, that ill treats animals (which in turn affects us as well, by the way), and has so many…..well….un-nourishing practices?
Or, are we supporting local farms who do it right and raise animals on food they were meant to eat and grow plants the right way and don’t take advantage of other human beings? We are “voting” with our money.
I love how the movie challenges us to realize that the consumer is not dependent on the manufacturer, because if the consumer doesn’t consume, the manufacturer is forced to change. Change can and does happen through our choices.
Other Thought Provoking Ideas:
- When you buy hamburger from a regular grocery store, you are buying the same meat that you will find at McDonalds.
- Cloned meat anyone? As if eating meat from ill animals stuffed full of not only grain (which is not a natural food for them) was not enough, and as if stuffing animals full of genetically modified grain was not enough, surely, eating meat from cloned animals stuffed full of genetically modified food is enough for most of us to realize we have problems!
- Cheap food comes at a cost.
All to say, see this film if it comes to your town, or buy it when it’s available. It’s definitely worth it. Watch the trailer here.