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Movie review: 'Food, Inc.' ***


By Carissa Eclarin


There are many things we need to be aware of in our world: conserving energy and preserving water, for instance. But, while we are being educated about these issues, we’ve never really given much thought to the issue of the quality of our food, until “Food, Inc.”


Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on the American food industry in the documentary, which examines the industrialized food supply chain, the commercial production and sale of goods and how it affects the American people. Going beyond our supermarkets, “Food, Inc.” takes viewers on a fantastic voyage, showing them what’s really behind how our food is produced and and where it comes from.


“Food, Inc.” examines the manufacturing process and the big, billion-dollar companies that control our food industry. The movie takes its investigation around the country, interviewing farmers and citizens whose lives have been affected by the industry.


First, Kenner looks at the supermarket. When we make our weekly visit, we see an array of foods to choose from. According to the film, our supermarket products actually have only one or two main ingredients. One is corn. It’s in our soda, our toothpaste… The list goes on.


Not only are most of our foods derived from corn, but corn is now used to feed cows instead of what they naturally eat—grass. Our chickens, too, are fed corn, to make them grow unnaturally large. In some cases, chickens could no longer stand on their own because their upper body was too heavy to carry.


All this just so we can have meatier fried chicken and steak.


The film is also critical of an industry where everything is made faster, cheaper, bigger—a practice that extends to “factory farms,” where houses or barns hold thousands of cows or chickens. “Food, Inc.” goes behind the scenes of factory farms and gives its viewers a chance to see the extensive animal cruelty that occurs inside.


“Food, Inc.” is an earnest, interesting and informative movie. It spoke to all generations because it’s discussing an issue that currently affects us all. The movie made me think about the things I consume every day. It made me ask myself: Is this food safe to eat? How was it made? And, was it made honestly?


Not only did it raise questions, the movie also suggests steps people can take to change the food industry. One is to buy locally, and eat organic. Steering away from buying processed, industrial food is a step toward not only a better food industry, but a much better life.


The movie ends with: “Hungry for change, start with a bite.” We are the consumers and if we change our food habits we can change the whole industry. I recommend starting that change by watching “Food, Inc.”



Food, Inc.

Produced and directed by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser as co-producer.

Distributed by: Participant Media & River Road Entertainment

Runtime: 1:33

MPAA Rating: (PG), for some thematic material and disturbing images



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Food, Inc. – Movie

http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-film.php

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