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  • Summary: In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's 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 Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joe 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. (Magnolia Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. It's not a pretty picture. But Food, Inc. is an essential one.
  2. Food, Inc. is hard to shake, because days after you've seen it, you may find yourself eating something -- a cookie, a piece of poultry, cereal out of the box, a perfectly round waxen tomato -- and you'll realize that you have virtually no idea what it actually is.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Sietsema
    Expertly crafted documentary.
  4. 80
    For many of this movie's likely viewers, the sting built into Food, Inc. is the realization that, without unending effort, they are not all that much freer in their choices than that hard-pressed family.
  5. 75
    Food, Inc. argues that part of the reason why the food industry is so difficult to regulate is that many of the government officials currently assigned to watchdog roles were once employed by the companies they now keep tabs on.
  6. As a result, the slickly produced Food, Inc. is more deeply unsettling than it is out-and-out stomach-turning.
  7. 38
    The movie offers very little that food radicals don't already know.

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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
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  1. TomG.
    Aug 12, 2009
    Fantastic movie, a must see!
  2. MMMM
    Dec 23, 2009
    Excellent yet disturbing look at the food industry - makes you question more how your food got to your plate, and makes you want to do something to improve it. I lost five pounds after watching it and eating more natural foods - I called it the "Food Inc" diet. Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2012
    Food, Inc. provides an atmosphere of horror because of simply a no-holds-barred reporting style that refuses to give out to corporate demands or audience fright, but it does manage to provide a happy ending. Expand
  4. jaimel.
    Jul 17, 2009
    I thought this was a beautiful, digestible (ahem) companion piece to The Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation. My one criticism would be the presentation of all arguments as indisputable, untouchable fact. Even so, if you don't have the slightest inkling that your food isn't completely clean (even the organic stuff) you are in denial. This should be required watching for all Americans. Too bad its audience consists mostly of the already-convinced. Expand
  5. Feb 3, 2011
    Kenner's depiction of the dark, corrupted food industry emanates long before Spurlock's "Mc-bulge," detailing our food's source before it ever reaches our cabinets. What viewers discover, transcends the urge to eat, to such a degree that veganism doesn't seem half bad. The film speaks to the various emotive cognitions the American feels towards their diet, and the visceral tendencies they have when feeling hungry. The result makes for a ponderous dose of speculation, and immanently-driven, self-willed investigations on unveiling the curtain that continues to obstruct and skew the origin of our food. A slice of steak never sounded so bad! Expand
  6. Sep 19, 2010
    This should be required viewing for every American. Not only does it show the horrible way food is mass produced but also another example of just how broken our governmental system is. Expand
  7. MCJ.
    Jul 20, 2009
    I was disappointed by this film. While it served as good viewing for people already familiar with Pollan and Schlosserhberg's writing on the subject, it was too disjointed for people new to the concepts to follow. I had hoped that this might have the same impact as Michael Moore's "Sicko" or Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth." Oh well. Expand

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