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Food, Inc.

FOOD, INC. lifts the veil on America’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from consumers with the consent of the U.S. government’s regulatory agencies.

Director: Robert Kenner
Year: 2008
Time: 94min
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(2008) on IMDb

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Learn about the common pesticides sprayed on fruits and vegetables and what health concerns they raise. Also learn what hormones and other unnatural chemicals are given to industrially raised animals. What’s On My Food is a good place to start. 

Pledge to start eating more REAL food, sustainable and ethically raised by people who are paid fairly. You can also participate in Real Food Fridays: a global network of people who cook and share real food.

Plant a garden. As Wendell Berry said, “I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.”

Exercise your power as a consumer: purchase more local, organic foods and less processed industrial foods.

Related Articles and Resources

Michael Pollan: Bad Food is Costing America Its Economic Health

Author, journalist, and professor Michael Pollan talks to Salon about everything from the ancient techniques of fermenting foods to a series of practical solutions for un-doing the industrialization of agriculture.

The family meal is the nursery of democracy,” said Pollan. “I really do think we literally civilize our children at the table.… And to give that up is to coarsen our politics.

ROGER EBERT:

“This review doesn’t read one thing like a movie review.… I figured it wasn’t important for me to go into detail about the photography and the editing. I just wanted to scare the bejesus out of you, which is what FOOD, INC. did to me.”

Read the rest of Ebert’s review.

“I realized it was not a film about food: it was a film about rights.”

Director Robert Kenner talks about his inspiration for the film, his challenges, and in the end, his hopes. Kenner believes we must “return the balance of power towards individuals and away from the corporations.”

Read the full interview here.

9 Ways to Fix Our Food System

Here are 9 simple steps you can take to fix our our food system right now.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

The debate continues whether genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are out to save the world or destroy it. The arguments are not black and white.

This infographic helps reveal both the pros and cons.

Sustainable Table

Sustainable Table offers everything you need to know about sustainable food and agriculture, how to shop for and prepare food, and what the many health benefits are.

Oprah Talks FOOD, INC. with Michael Pollan

“For me, it boils down to making more conscious food decisions,” Oprah said on the show. “I saw the movie. That’s how I felt. But you need to see it for yourself and make your own decisions because I believe you have a right to know where your food is coming from.” Watch now.

Robert Kenner On NPR

How much do we really know about the food we buy at the supermarket? Filmmaker Robert Kenner speaks to NPR about his documentary, FOOD, INC, which was nominated for an Oscar.

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