Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Food Inc.

As you may have noticed, I'm just slightly obsessed with food. Good food. Pure food. Non-chemically-laden-government-sponsored-gonna-kill-you food.  I think we, as consumers, have been duped for way too long. It's time to get our food back!!

Have you heard about Food Inc.? Luckily it's not another Michael Moore film, but it is a documentary featuring some pretty smart people.  Here is a snippet from the website.  Be sure to check out the trailer below. 


In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-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 DilemmaIn 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.

Food Inc will be playing at the Alamo Drafthouse Downtown next Friday, June 26

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