1 hour, 34 minutes
PG Parental Guidance Suggested.
for some thematic material and disturbing images.
|This powerful, disturbing, and important new documentary considers
the state of industrial agriculture, observes some of the processes
that have become standard practices in the creation of food in America, raising
the question: what do you actually know about the food that you are eating.
This is an often strident, angry, finger-pointing film about the lack of transparency and accountability in the large
companies that are responsible for nearly all of the food products sold in
American supermarkets. Like the books by Michael Pollan ("The Omnivore's Dilemma") and Eric Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation"), this
new documentary replicates most of the observations made in those recent best sellers,
largely because Pollan and Schlosser appear in this film at great
length. Nevertheless, the mere fact that for some of the people who see Food, Inc.
there is still much more that they ought to know.
Documentary filmmaker Robert Kenner denies that he's just trying to stir up trouble with Monsanto, Tyson and Smithfield, the companies mentioned in his film, but he is simply detailing how they are able to operate without effective oversight by either the
government or the people. The
list of offences is long and varied, from health
issues to economic issues to political issues.
For the most part, Kenner focuses on the most horrifying elements of
the food production process, assuming that the best
way to make people angry enough to demand change is to
tell them the awful things that go on every single day;. Here's one - their ground
beef is cleansed of bacteria by using ammonia.
isn't a political film or one that questions our lawmakers; it's just about what we are eating and what that does to
our bodies. It is as important a film as has come along in the last few years, and
essential viewing for anyone with even a slight interest in the quality
and substance of their health and food they eat, which ought to
include every one of us.