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Food Inc / Les alimenteurs (Bilingual Edition)
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For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles, talking to authors, advocates, farmers, and CEOs, like co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma), Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms), and Barbara Kowalcyk, who's been lobbying for more rigorous standards since E. coli claimed the life of her two-year-old son. The filmmaker takes his camera into slaughterhouses and factory farms where chickens grow too fast to walk properly, cows eat feed pumped with toxic chemicals, and illegal immigrants risk life and limb to bring these products to market at an affordable cost. If eco-docs tends to preach to the converted, Kenner presents his findings in such an engaging fashion that Food, Inc. may well reach the very viewers who could benefit from it the most: harried workers who don't have the time or income to read every book and eat non-genetically modified produce every day. Though he covers some of the same ground as Super-Size Me and King Korn, Food Inc. presents a broader picture of the problem, and if Kenner takes an understandably tough stance on particular politicians and corporations, he's just as quick to praise those who are trying to be responsible--even Wal-Mart, which now carries organic products. That development may have more to do with economics than empathy, but the consumer still benefits, and every little bit counts. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
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If you've read "Fast Food Nation" and "Omnivore's Dilemma" and "The Way We Eat" (Peter Singer) and have been waiting for a film equivalent of these books, Food Inc is the one.
Food Inc is a very comprehensive overview of how control of the food industry has come under the control of a handful of supersized companies, and why these companies successfully change government legislation so that what gets protected is industry profit, NOT public health and food safety.
This film is good investigative journalism, and covers this ground thoughtfully and intellectually. There are some nasty looks at factory farming practices (which are sickening and which should make you go veggie), but it is very much NOT a PETA video (i.e. basically a one-sided rant).
When this movie finishes you will have no doubt that something is fundamentally wrong with the North American food industry, and you'll feel compelled to start making changes.
In particular, farmers legallly unable to use their own seeds..."they who own the seeds, own the food" - truth really is stranger than fiction...
Scary stuff - a must see.
Industrial farming, bullying of small farmers, Political palm greasing.......it's all here. This will open your eyes as to the dangers not only to you, the consumer, but also to our planet of eating what is now tainted meats, chicken and fish.
Make smart, informed choices as to what is on YOUR dinner table and in your children by being aware!
This is truly a MUST SEE!
If you want to make you a gift...make it this one!
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A good documentary, food processing corporations sure are sick and evilPublished 19 months ago by William A. Bolduc
My DVD order for Food.Inc arrived as promised but I was disappointed to find I was sent the Thai version! Read morePublished 19 months ago by Audrey
YOU WOULD THINK THAT THE FOOD INDUSTRY WOULD PUT PEOPLES HEALTH ABOVE PROFITS ITS ONE WAY WE COULD IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF OUR NATION IF WE COULD AFTER THE FOOD GIANTS TO USE THERE... Read morePublished 21 months ago by del currah