Friday, July 24, 2009

Movies: Food Inc.

Click here to watch the Official Trailer

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, herbicide-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, In 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.

We're lucky enough to have Food, Inc. play at the Tampa Theatre downtown. Most cities won't even see this movie in a theater. I'm a fan of documentaries like this one. They seem to open a lot of eyes and minds. We're going to check it out tonight or tomorrow. I love Tampa Theatre too! It's this huge old-style theater in downtown Tampa (near the Hub and a really great Asian place), plus they serve wine and beer. Tampa Theatre opened in 1926! Talk about historic.

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