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Running Time:
1 hour, 34 minutes

Rating: PG Parental Guidance Suggested.

Rating Explanation:
for some thematic material and disturbing images.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A powerful, disturbing, important new documentary.

Food Inc.
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.
Cover Image 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.

This 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.


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