FOOD INC. – Movie Review
cumentary filmmaker Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan as a springboard to exploring where the food we purchase at the grocery store really comes from, and what it means for the health of future generations. By exposing the comfortable relationships between business and government, Kenner gradually shines light on the dark underbelly of the American food industry. The USDA and FDA are supposed to protect the public, so why is it that both government regulatory agencies have been complicit in allowing corporations to put profit ahead of consumer health, the American farmer, worker safety, and even the environment? As chicken breasts get bigger and tomatoes are genetically engineered not to go bad, 73,000 Americans fall ill from powerful new strains of e coli every year, obesity levels are skyrocketing, and adult diabetes has reached epidemic proportions. Perhaps if the general public knew how corporations use exploited laws and subsidies to create powerful monopolies, the outrage would be enough to make us think more carefully about the food we put into our bodies.
“Food, Inc.” is a documentary that will make want to drink only water for the rest of your life, assuming you could find good water. It’s another one of those documentaries that tells you things that you sort of know on some level, but it’s a really in-your-face look at the food industry, which will not make you happy about giant corporations. Believe it or not, the only giant corporation that comes off even looking even half-way moral is, are you ready for this? Wal-Mart. I’m not going to tell you why or where, but make sure you’ve either eaten several hours before this or don’t plan to eat for several hours after this. And you’ll never look at a McDonald’s hamburger exactly the same way again. Four stars.