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Actor: Eric Schlosser
Director: Robert Kenner
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how 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 ... more »
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Alicia S. (Al) from CHANDLER, AZ
Reviewed on 4/17/2013...
Outstanding film to help explain the sources of food in America. You cannot watch this film and remain ignorant of the food you consume. Although a few parts of the film are difficult to stomach (pardon the pun), it is a must-see documentary! Perhaps the saddest thing from the film is the abuse that small, local farmers have endured from corporate farming.
Charles D. from MELVILLE, NY
Reviewed on 12/7/2011...
good movie. makes you think about all food we eat
Andrea C. from PONTE VEDRA, FL
Reviewed on 8/15/2010...
this movie is horrifying and disgusting to watch but the information is so important I'm insisting my friends and family watch it. I'm not trying to convert them to be vegetarians like I am, I'm just trying to make them educated consumers of meat. The film contains interesting interviews with farmers and food industry advocates. Don't watch it right before a meal! Sorry, I will never re-post this DVD since I will be passing it around my community.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Heather F. (8izenuff) from PHOENIX, AZ
Reviewed on 7/1/2010...
If you expecting a horrific, movie showing how we poorly we grow and slaughter animals, you will not find that here. It is not all about the terrible ingredients in food. This is a movie about BIG government, industrial food processing in the USA, and how we are lied to about the monopoly in the USA that controls the food production.
You will find topics, of meat processing conglomerates, chicken farmers, Monsanto patented soybean monopolies, and corn being the basis of our food system and food safety.
You wont go away wanting to be a vegetarian. You really wont be able to do much of anything with the info they gave you. You cant really lobby government or big industries. But it sends a message that you can orchestrate change with your pocketbook by buying at farmers markets and purchasing organic, and local food sources.
Although it presented new info about food, It dragged and I was checking the clock to see how much longer this movie was going to last. The only really positive story line was about Organic Stonyfieds company. You will find from that those small organic companies have been bought out by Kraft and Pepsi.
It is not a keeper. But you should find time to watch it.
3 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.
Essential viewing---you need to look under the veil
loce_the_wizard | Lilburn, GA USA | 05/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Food, Inc." does more than serve as an exposé on the United States food industry--it connects the dots between the nefarious, contemptuous business practices of multinational corporations and their best friends, the compromised government regulatory agencies such as the USDA, FDA, and EPA, who have in the past been led by folks well connected within the very industries they are supposed to regulate.
But let's hold on a minute. Filmmaker Robert Kenner's documentary could have been just a dour, paranoid investigative piece and still told the truth. Instead, Mr. Kenner has made a color, fast-paced, and well-documented account of the state of the food supply in our country; the unintended consequences of the efficiencies, short-cuts, and technological methods inherent in factory farming; the insidious insider relationship between the meat industry and the agencies that should be regulating it; and the health effects, including diabetes, of consuming processed foods and fast foods.
Naturally, the culprits behind the curtain (e.g., Smithfield, Monsanto, Perdue) would not appear on camera, not because they are cowards but precisely because they are so powerfully connected, and have legions of lawyers and enforcers (yes, like any bully, these outfits do use intimidation), and are moving to control free speech and criticism of their practices.
The counterbalance to the doom and gloom comes from interview with small farmers; with entrepreneurs in the organic food business; and with brave folks who have tried to make a stand against the food industry; and with those experts who are striving to be modern day Paul Reveres in the face of mass indifference.
Kenner uses photography and imagery to make his points, and he interlaces this film with scenes of amazing beauty and graphic cruelty. "Food, Inc." is not an easy film to watch, and it should not be. Kenner uses the final frames to deliver some to-do's for those who want to respond to the film not just in conversation but through action. As trite as it sounds, if you can only see one movie this year, go to this one. (When the negative review start cropping up for this movie, it would be interesting to see how many of those are from food industry insiders and their minions.)
A food monoculture
Luc REYNAERT | Beernem, Belgium | 05/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robert Kenner's movie is a perfect illustration of F. William Engdahl's book `Seeds of Destruction', which explains how international agribusinesses are trying to monopolize vertically and horizontally (and profit from) food production on a world scale.
The world's food chain is built mainly on heavily subsidized and, therefore, cheap corn. In fact, all humans chew corn the whole day long from bread over meat (all animals are fed with corn) to deserts and drinks. Transnational corporations are even trying to learn fish to eat corn. Corn becomes nearly a food monoculture.
A particular transnational company even developed through genetic engineering highly efficient corn seed which it patented, thereby creating a nearly seed monopoly. Buyers cannot use the produce of the seeds as plant seed for future harvests. The company's own inspection force controls with hawk eyes that its clients buy new genetically modified seed every year. Some of the company's supporters and former directors occupy key positions in US governments and government administrations (FDA).
The movie shows the disastrous effects of intensive farming on animals, as well as the health and environmental risks of diminished standards at livestock farming and slaughtering houses.
Fortunately, some biological farmers show more respect for their animals and for their clients.
At the end of the movie, the makers give a perfect list of recommendations for those wishing to eat `healthy' food.
This movie is a must see for all those who want to understand the world we live in.
This is the movie that the American public needs to see.
Brandon E. Baker | 04/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What can be more important than the food you eat? This is the movie that the American public needs to see. This movie deals with issues that each and every one of us faces every day--without even knowing it. Covering all sorts of food-related issues, from animal cruelty to the agricultural triumph of corn, this movie will leave you more informed than you were before, and will empower you to make a difference, at least in your own buying habits.
Take the time to watch. We're all slaves to the food system--at least educate yourself to how it works."