Have y’all watched this movie? Food, Inc. is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film examines corporate farming in the United States, concluding that agri-business produces food that is unhealthy, in a way that is environmentally harmful and abusive of both animals and employees.
I watched it last week and found it very disturbing.
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. [via]
You probably don’t want to be watching this movie while eating dinner at the same time (like I did; that was a mistake!). It is horrifying and I’d say this is a scary movie with gory slasher scenes – how apt considering it was Halloween weekend, haha. I’d also say watching this movie will be an effective weight-loss visual aid. :p Just kidding. Seriously though, this movie made me look at and think of food differently.