Food Inc. Movie: Dishing Dirt on the Food Industry
In his documentary Food Inc., award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes the seedy underbelly of the nation's food supply chain and the conglomerates that put profit ahead of health and environmental safety.
The sometimes revolting and often mind-bending movie takes a close look at factory farming, CAFOS, the prevalence of genetically modified foods and the impact that mass-produced consumables have on small farming operations, the environment, and us, the unwitting but all too willing consumers.
Like any good documentary, Food Inc. has stirred up its fair share of controversty. The film examines the industrial production of meat, calling it inhumane, and looks at the industrial production of grains and vegetables - labeling these common mass production practices as economically and environmentally unsustainable.
Food Inc. also addresses the economic and legal power of the major food companies that supply Americans with cheap but contaminated food while using petroleum-based chemicals and promoting unhealthy food consumption habits.
While the fimlmakers invited the companies they exposed to defend themselves, Monsanto,
Tyson, Smithfields and Purdue all declined. Director Robert Kenner claims that he "spent large amounts of his budget on legal fees defending himself against lawsuits from industrial food producers, pesticide and fertilizer manufacturers, and other companies criticized in the film."
Made by Participant Media
, the same company that produced Al Gore's pivotal An Inconvenient Truth,
Food Inc. is produced by world-renowned food experts and author Michael Pollan (In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals)
and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation.
The movie's companion book, Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food Is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer—And What You Can Do About It
sums up the film's premise entirely, and is definitely worth the read.
Food Inc. is, at times, hard to swallow - and will make even the most jaded viewers wonder about the food they're putting on their forks. It's a worthwhile movie to watch; especially if you're curious about where your food really comes from and who benefits from your food dollars.