Review: Food, Inc.

This is a completely unsolicited review.

Last night, my siblings and I were able to attend the free screening of the new documentary Food, Inc., sponsored by Chipotle.


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I was interested in watching this movie after reading Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, a book I highly recommend.  I will try to post a review at some point.

This film documents the rise of the commercial food industry over the past 50 or so years, fueled by the new-found popularity of fast food.  It also attempts to shed some light on the lack of transparency in our food system.  Investigative journalists like Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan set out to discover one thing – where does our food come from anyway?  The answers may suprise you.  For example, did you know that the majority of the products in your grocery store are in reality owned by just a small handful of companies?

Not only is this film highly informative, but it is also engaging.  I especially liked Joel Salatin, the enthusiastic organic farmer who waxes poetic about the benefits of his methodology.  Growing up in rural Georgia myself, it was endearing to hear such a mix of real education and country wisdom wrapped up in a man who clearly cares about what he does.

The film also chronicles the policies of several of the major food manufacturers, almost all of which, in some way or another, declined to participate in the film (gee, I wonder why?).  The film definitely left me hungry for more information on these topics, but how much can you put in an hour and a half?  My hope is that those who see the film will be driven to do their own research.  No one should never get their information from just one source.

In conclusion, I believe that this is a film everyone would benefit from seeing.  America should be more informed about where their food comes from – after all, since when did we stop caring what we put into our bodies and the bodies of our children?  As united consumers, we can influence the system.

Note for Parents: Food, Inc. contains several fairly graphic scenes of animals being butchered (humanely and inhumanely), as well as several scenes of animals being abused or clearly in distress.  This film may not be appropriate for small children.  Please use your discretion and take the maturity of your children into consideration.

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