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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; First Edition, Media tie-in edition (May 5 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586486942
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586486945
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Denby, New Yorker
“Those of us who avoid junk food, with many sighs of relief and self-approval, may still be eating junk a good deal of the time. This enraging fact, which will not surprise anyone who has read such muckraking books as Eric Schlosser’s “Fast Food Nation” (2001) and Michael Pollan’s “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” (2006), is one of the discomforting meanings of the powerful new documentary “Food, Inc.,” an angry blast of disgust aimed at the American food industry.”

The American Conservative
“If you care about what you’re eating, you should see the new documentary Food Inc.”

Takepart.com
“Most of you have probably heard about Food, Inc., the movie, but did you also know there’s a companion book to the film? The book explores the challenges raised by the movie in fascinating depth through 13 essays, most of them written especially for this book, and many by experts featured in the film. Highlights include chapters by Michael Pollan (Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food), Anna Lappe (Hope’s Edge and Grub), Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation and film co-producer), Robert Kenner (film director), and a chapter on asking the right questions from Sustainable Table! The book is so popular it’s already in its fourth printing.”

About the Author

Karl Weber is a writer and editor based in New York. He collaborated with Muhammad Yunus on his bestseller Creating a World Without Poverty, edited The Best of I. F. Stone, and, with Andrew W. Savitz, co-authored The Triple Bottom Line: How Today’s Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Success—And How You Can Too.


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Berkeley on Sept. 24 2009
Format: Paperback
As a serious student of our food supply, animal welfare and the impact big business (read agribusiness here) has on the world, I rushed to the screening of Food, Inc.

This book is introduced as an aspiring companion to the acclaimed film. I couldn't agree more.

I enjoy reading Eric Schlosser, (Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side Of The All-american Meal) and in Food Inc., I came to realize how information is being withheld from us and how much was at stake.

Robert Kenner's outline of the making of the movie is interesting. Originally wanting to do a view of the various people who deliver our food to our table, finds he gets denied access to the companies he was seeking to film. So the film changed from a film about food to one about unchecked corporate power.

Robert Bryce, (Gusher of Lies: The Dangerous Delusions of "Energy Independence") talks of how fuel from ethanol is a scam and makes some disturbing points, one of which is the United States providing huge subsidies to a program that feeds cars, not people.

We learn of the stark and brutal reality that the conditions of farm laborers have not dramatically improved since the days of Grapes of Wrath. In fact, it has gotten worse in recent years. Conventional farming uses high levels of pesticides to which these people and their families are exposed. Often its long hours in triple digit heat without access to water or shade.

Michael Pollan's (In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) writing style is engaging and gets his point across to the reader when we ask the question, why bother?

A must-read book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Grad on Aug. 11 2009
Format: Paperback
If you liked the film this will give you further incentive and useful information... worth the investment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Bergmann on March 26 2010
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If you've watched "Food Inc", the DVD, and you want to go deeper into the subject of food and the food industry, this is the book to read. It's got a lot of information and is not a quick and easy read. But it will open your eyes and give you cause to think about what's going on with our food.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. J. Thompson TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because the advertising 'blurb' read 'How Industrial Food is making us sicker, fatter and poorer...' This appealed to me as the sort of book I might like, but what I failed to notice at the time is that the book describes itself as a 'companion' to a documentary film by the same name. Had I known that I probably would not have bought it, particularly not having seen the film to begin with.

Admittedly, the fact that book did not meet my expectations is partly my fault but the format of the book left quite a bit to be desired as far as I am concerned. Rather than being a full length thesis covering related topics in a unified way, the book consists of a number of articles all (somewhat loosely) connected to the topic of 'Industrial food'... The book is more of a magazine-type anthology rather than a well-developed, stand-alone study.

Contributors to the book include Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, both of whom have written books mentioned in this work and which I have read with enjoyment. I have to say that I did not find much more in this particular collection than I could get from the publications by these two excellent writers. Many of the articles were too short to contain much actual 'meat' and, ultimately they were just not that interesting.

I would like to see the film but I am not sure that doing so is likely to change my mind about the book.
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