Movie Review: Food Inc.

Food, Inc.

Food, Inc.

Saw Food, Inc. last night at the local independent theatre (though I hope it goes mainstream!)

If you’ve read Omnivore’s Dilemma, then this movie will be like preaching to the choir.  However, if you haven’t read Omnivore’s Dilemma, then this is a MUST SEE film.  It distills all the information found in the book, but adds in  so much more.

What struck me were the blatant abuses of the workers and farmers.  The intimidation, fear-mongering and work conditions were appalling.

Most of the film works to shine a light on these dark corners of the food industry: dark corners that make up most of the food we consume on a daily basis, that hide the abuses and injustices of the workers and animals, and the government complicity and willful ignorance that allows these crimes to be perpetuated.

However, the film is not a graphic as some reviews (and the website) have made it out to be.  The news clips shown are the same once we’ve seen on the Nightly News or 60 Minutes.  So don’t let that deter you from seeing this film.

What I liked most about this film is that it gave concrete ways to fix these issues.  Unlike many investigative documentaries that just stir up a whole lot of muck and offer no solutions, Food, Inc. has many solutions and offers viewers many ways to effect small changes that can have big impact.

To paraphrase one of the farmers from the end of the film, “If the consumers demand it, we’ll produce it.”

So consumers, let’s start making some demands for a healthy, sustainable and safe way of getting and eating our foods.

The Food, Inc. website has a lot of great information the Child Nutrition Act and all the issues presented in the film.

On a personal level, I encourage you to visit the Center for Foodborn Illness Research and Prevention, who’s founder is also the sponsor behind Kevin’s Law and the mother of a child who died from e coli poisoning.

There are also so many great resources on how to make sure you are getting safe, healthy and local foods.

Check out eatwild.com to find a farm near you for grass-fed meats and dairy products. (H/T to Carine for the link!)

Also consider participating in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program.  It’s great to split the food (and costs) with a friend or another family!  (There are even CSFs — community supported fisheries — now, too!)

Lastly, support your local farmers markets!  One of the best suggestions I heard was to work with your local farmers markets to get them to accept food stamps.  (Some already do!)  This opens up a whole new avenue of healthy, local and safe food for those on restricted incomes.

There’s a lot you can do to help out and each little change we make is one step towards sustainable, safe, healthy food that is good for the animals, the enviroment, the workers and farmers, and us.

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9 responses to “Movie Review: Food Inc.

  1. I can’t wait to see it. I read the book and Pollan was on NPR news this morning at 4am. Such a great writer. If you don’t about it, there is this not for profit organization http://www.ConsumerFreedom.com/ that they do consumer research to provide helpful information about what’s in our food. Thanx for the post.

    • Thank you for the heads up about Consumer Freedom. I’m a reader of the consumerist.com, but haven’t heard of CF. Will definitely check them out!

  2. Hi Abby,

    I noticed that you discussed the film Food Inc. on your blog and I wanted to let you know about a film called Our Daily Bread which I think you would find fascinating. It’s similar to Food Inc. in how it illuminates the horrific reality of industrial agriculture, however; Our Daily Bread is not an advocacy film in the traditional sense. The film communicates its messages using provocative images of places where food is produced by going deep inside the world of high-tech agriculture. Our Daily Bread touches on animal husbandry, labor issues, and the shocking reality of food production with a very distinctive style.

    I appreciate you taking the time to read this. We are an independent company with limited resources, so if our film interests you, I would appreciate it if you could mention it in an upcoming post. If you have any questions about Our Daily Bread or Icarus Films, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    • Hi Meredith! Wow, Our Daily Bread sound really interesting. I’ll be looking in to it for sure. Best of luck with the distribution — sounds like the audience is out there and primed and ready to start making changes in the food industry.

  3. Last fall & winter some of my friends participated in a buyer’s co-op run by a local organization. They got all kinds of good stuff like meats & cider, in addition to veggies and fruit. It wasn’t all local (citrus, for example) but from what I understand it was all organic/sustainable (with the exception of shipping the fruit, but really who wants to get scurvy?)

    • HA, yeah that’s my only gripe about buying local … sometimes I just really really want an avocado or a grapefruit. But I live in New England!! I evny those who live in warmer climates (cough California cough) and have great fresh produce all year long.

  4. It’s even coming to Mobile. I’m excited but I’ll probably have to drag my friend Andrew kicking and screaming because he says he doesn’t want to know!

  5. Pingback: Meatless Monday Brouhaha « Perusals & Peregrinations

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