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Food, Inc.

A 2009 American documentary film directed by Robert Kenner

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Food Inc.

  • Feb 25, 2010
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Food Inc. is one of the most eye-opening films I've ever seen in my life. It really makes you think about where our food actually comes from and at what cost. It's disturbing to hear these facts at times, but every consumer needs to know about what is going on in the food industry before they make another purchase. It's mind-boggling.

The film starts with a man who wants to know the answer to a simple question. Where does our food come from? How does our food get to those grocery store aisles? Well, in answering this question, he soon realizes that the grocery store is not what it seems. The stores give you the illusion of choice, but in reality, most of the products are clever rearrangements of corn. What's even worse is that this corn is fed to cows because it makes them fatter and meatier. The problem with this is that this corn that the cows are consuming plays a vital role in the creation of deadly e-coli bacteria strains, which has killed many people. One mother in the film loses her son to the bacteria and tries to fight the food industry. She wants to make sure that these company heads take measures to prevent this from happening again. However, no one wants to do a major overhaul of the system. They try and take technical short cuts to keep the system in place, but no one stands back and asks themselves if the system itself is the problem. The film goes on to explore how animals are being treated poorly by being in confined and crowded spaces before they are slaughtered. The film also tells the story of a company that has a patent on soybeans and won't let any customer keep their own soybeans for the next year. They must buy new ones from the company every year. Different customers and farmers in the film were shown being sued and investigated by these companies for doing nothing more than trying to make a living. It's corporate greed at its finest.

I walked away from this film feeling disgusted at what the food industries have done to us and why we as a people haven't spoken out about it. I think people assume that they can't change the way these companies run because of how powerful they are. But what most people don't realize (and what the film readily points out) is that WE have the power. If people don't buy their products, then there won't be a market for it. But if more people purchase alternative healthier foods, then the market can go in that direction instead. Sure, it might sound like too easy of a fix and it won't happen overnight, but that's what'll have to occur at some point. This review really can't do the film complete justice. Watching it brings home the point a lot more. I didn't think I'd like this film when I first started to watch it, but after seeing what it unveiled behind the curtains of the food industry, I'd have to recommend this film to everyone. This is one documentary you won't soon forget.
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February 25, 2010
This explains why you are so skinny! LOL! J/K Probably not my type of film, but if I ever run across it, I might watch it.
 
February 25, 2010
Terrific review. I have heard about this film but have not summoned up the courage to see it yet. No wonder so many people in America are obese! I probably won't go out of my way to find Food, Inc. but if I do come across it by chance maybe now I'll watch it. Thanks!
 
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review by . November 15, 2009
posted in Green Living
You'll never look at food the same way.
 In the past six months I have drastically changed my diet from processed, fatty, sugary foods to one that includes lots of raw vegetables, no wheat, no sugar, and very little processed foods. To say the least I have lost 25 lbs. and feel the best I ever have in my entire life. I began eating this way mostly due to digestive problems which actually still plague me but on a much, much more infrequent basis--it's still a work in progress. Since my "diet metamorphosis" as I like to refer …
review by . February 04, 2011
posted in Healthy Lifestyle
   I tend to avoid constant streams of news because the flow of bad and dark overwhelms me and makes me feel hopeless. I can't watch the endless commentary on why people do some of the hideous things that they do, or how our world is becoming more and more hostile. So the fact that I generally love documentaries surprises e.      Food Inc was one I put off for a very long time. I'm not naive - and maybe that's why I did put it off - because I know just enough. …
Quick Tip by . March 06, 2011
read china study as well; both books are very informative as to why we need to radically change our diet for our own heatlh and health of the planet, as well as defang industrial animal abuse system
review by . March 09, 2010
posted in Green Living
This movie has really changed the way I think about food. I've been a vegetarian for a while, but I never really thought about where my food comes from, and more importantly, what's in my food.      This documentary really stresses the importance of eating local and organic food whenever possible. It has also changed the way I look at the supermarket. Really opening my eyes about how much junk we put in our bodies as Americans all for the sake of "convenience".    …
review by . October 03, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Among the maxims carved on the entrances to the Greek temple of Apollo at Delphi, perhaps the most familiar and important were "know thyself" and "nothing in excess." We have reached a point, two and a half millenia later, where we could really use both pieces of advice. This film offers valuable wisdom to a culture in which the self is defined by the products we buy in far too much excess.     If we are what we eat, then most of us (this author included) have hardly any idea …
Quick Tip by . November 08, 2009
posted in Green Living
If you haven't seen Food, Inc. ... RENT IT NOW!!! I'm reinvigorated to buy local, sustainable, and help support GMO labeling, etc.
Quick Tip by . October 29, 2009
A documentary film as imporant as it is entertaing.
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Food, Inc.
is a 2009 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that the meat and vegetables produced by agribusiness have many hidden costs and are unhealthy and environmentally-harmful. The film is narrated by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser. The documentary generated extensive controversy in that it was heavily criticized by large American corporations engaged in industrial food production.

 

The film's first segment examines the industrial production of meat (chicken, beef, and pork), calling it inhumane and economically and environmentally unsustainable. The second segment looks at the industrial production of grains and vegetables (primarily corn and soy beans), again labeling this economically and environmentally unsustainable. The film's third and final segment is about the economic and legal power of the major food companies, such as food libel laws, whose livelihoods are based on supplying cheap but contaminated food, the heavy use of petroleum-based chemicals (largely pesticides and fertilizers), and the promotion of unhealthy food consumption habits by the American public.

 

The film has generated controversy for its views. The producers invited on-screen rebuttals from Monsanto Company, Tyson Foods, Smithfield Foods, Perdue Farms, and other companies, but all declined the invitation. Monsanto says it invited the filmmakers to a ...

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Director: Robert Kenner
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: June 12, 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
Runtime: 94 minutes
Studio: Magnolia
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