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Food Inc. is Hungry For Change

Food Inc. is the just-released movie, by director Robert Kenner, unveiling the dark and dirty underbelly of our food industry. As the movie’s byline suggests, “you’ll never look at dinner the same way.”

Photo courtesy of Food Inc

The documentary-style feature shows how the majority of the food we consume is controlled in the hands of just a few giant food manufacturers whose sometimes deplorable and shocking processing practices have not only been hidden from the American consumer but have had the consent of the government’s two food regulatory bodies, the FDA and USDA.

The movie, which features interviews with In Defense of Food author Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser of Fast Food Nation, is more than just a jaw-dropping expose that graphically shows our food travels from farm (or machine) to fork, but it also motivates all of us to think twice before we order a hot dog at the baseball stadium, grab a box of sugar corn popped cereal or select a few tomatoes from our mass grocer for a summer salad.

As a Variety magazine movie critic commented, “Food Inc. does for the grocery store what Jaws did for the beach.”

What is equally compelling about the movie is that Food Inc. is part of a larger and growing movement to ensure more honesty in how our food is being grown, processed and manufactured. In addition, Food Inc. doesn’t just leave you feeling like the only way to safeguard your health is to grow your own garden, raise your own livestock and hull your own wheat. Accompanying the movie is a comprehensive take-action website that helps you become involved in the Hungry For Change movement. From no longer drinking sodas and other sweetened beverages to reading food labels, eating at home more and urging Congress to pass more food safety laws, Food Inc. empowers us with tools for change that you can start employing today.

Yes, it’s a terrying look into our nation’s food industry but Food Inc. is also an incredibly important movie that is worth every dollar of your $10 movie ticket. But you will probably want to forego the popcorn and post-movie burger and fries.

June 30th, 2009

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Phoenix R Cavalier

I think the fact that this movie was made is a triumph of the 1st Amendment. I also believe it should be shown to as many people as possible. While I knew much of the information before - this film provided a level assessment of the action, inaction, and policies of our government, without being a rant or tirade against all things corporate. This film, while chilling in many ways, never seeks to shock with gore, or frighten with visuals that are unnecessary to make a point. The core message I recived from this movie is this: Do more than read labels, research at least once per month where you are getting your food. Find out who produces the food you feed yourself and the ones you love. Lastly, tell everyone you know about this movie and films like it to keep the conversation not just going, but growing. The truth is the only way to create a lasting society, otherwise we will soon wake up to the same serious failure the buried Rome.


posted Aug 3rd, 2009 2:43 pm


I really wish Food Inc. would play in Wichita. Guess I'll have to anxiously wait for the DVD!

posted Aug 3rd, 2009 1:32 pm

Brooke Randolph

Members of a discussion group of which I am a part went to the opening night in Indianapolis, and it impacted us quite a bit. I've been encouraging several people to see it. For me it was the final push to really put my knowledge into action; stop just saying I'm going to look for locally grown food and actually do it. Because I have had family members in farming, it wasn't all new information for me, but it still made quite an impact. See it. Educate yourself. I hope we have more well-made films that can help us all understand our food supply in a new way.

posted Aug 3rd, 2009 1:20 pm


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