Nominated for the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary, Food, Inc., (www.foodincmovie.com) by filmmaker Robert Kenner examines our nation’s highly mechanized food industry and the roles played by our government’s regulatory agencies, the USDA and FDA. The film details the influence of a small number of corporations that wield a great deal of influence over food choices and the impact these corporations have on consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the environment. Kenner points out that we have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking truths—about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here