Published Sep 23, 2008Food, Inc. is one of those documentaries that tells you something you already know (or should, in this day and age) but does it so eloquently that it seems worth hearing again. Food-activism stars such as authors Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivores Dilemma) share the podium with farmers of all kinds and a woman whose son died after eating E-Coli tainted meat.
The documentary takes a journalistic approach to investigating why food safety legislation in the United States is so abysmal, and to shed some light on the increasingly mechanized oligarchy of meat (and other food) producers. The usual food conglomerate suspects (such as Monsanto, who over the past dozen years has increased its control over soybeans from two-percent of the market to 90) are up for criticism but the truly scary thing is the stories from the farmers who use their seeds. The scare tactics, visits from shady muscle men intended to intimidate and the endless lawsuits brought against farmers who dont toe the line are so frequent youd swear these were stories coming out of Stalinist Russia not present day U.S.
Food, Inc. carefully examines the disturbingly chummy relations between big business and government (across both major parties). In opposition to these seemingly unstoppable and absurdly malevolent forces are a few rays of sunshine: organic farmers, concerned citizens and a hilarious yogurt mogul poised to conquer Wal Marts shelves with his organic products.
Watch this if youve been thinking of going on a diet because you wont want to eat anything processed, or anything found on supermarket shelves, ever again. (Riverboat)