I don’t rent or go out to movies much anymore — but If you decide to see any movie this year, make it Food, Inc, which opens in theaters June 12th in NYC, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Filmmaker Robert Kenner exposes all the well-guarded secrets of our nation’s food supply, secrets the main stream media, and the food regulating agencies we pay to protect us, somehow always neglect to tell us about.
You’ll see for yourself the kind of horror you thought only possible in The Dark Ages. The topics discussed in this chilling film are topics we here at FriendsEat report on almost daily. Kenner’s film expands on the death grip a handful of powerful corporations have on our food supply, our health, our environment, and our farms. Kenner provides us with a damning indictment of Monsanto and its on-going attempts to bully and silence activist farmers imprisoned by a rigged court and political system whose big players Monsanto has firmly in their back pocket.
“Kenner,” writes Film Journal’s Maria Garcia, “names Monsanto in particular: The inventor of Agent Orange is now an agribusiness company that employs a shadowy group of ‘investigators‘ that threaten farmers who violate their patents. In 2001, the Supreme Court heard the case of J.E.M. Ag Supply v. Pioneer Hi Bred International, which was decided in favor of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont company. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, formerly a lawyer for Monsanto, wrote the majority opinion in a 6-2 vote which granted DuPont and other biotechnology companies such as Monsanto unprecedented protection of their seed patents.”
And speaking of seeds — “One unforgettable interview will haunt everyone who sees Food, Inc.,” writes Garcia. “It’s with Moe Parr, who has one of the last remaining seed cleaners in the United States. Seed cleaners garner seed from whatever has been grown so that farmers can use it for their next planting. Parr was forced out of business by Monsanto who brought suit against him, charging that he helped a farmer harvest their Round-Up Ready soybean seed, a product that dominates its market, and which requires farmers to sign a contract with Monsanto that prevents them from seed harvesting. Apart from the David-and-Goliath dimensions of Moe Parr’s story, there is the nightmare scenario of a chemical company altering the way people have been farming for millennia.”
Food, Inc. features hard-hitting, explosive interviews with experts Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), Stonyfield Farms’ Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms’ Joe Salatin.
About The Issues – from Food, Inc.’s Website:
Some of our most important staple foods have been fundamentally altered, and genetically engineered meat and produce have already invaded our grocery stores and our kitchen pantries.
Did you know that the average food product travels about 1,500 miles to get to your grocery store? And that transporting food accounts for 30,800 tons of greenhouse gas emissions every year?
In Food, Inc. we meet Barbara Kowalcyk, whose 4 year old son died from E.coli poisoning after eating a hamburger. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 76 million Americans are sickened, 325,000 are hospitalized and 5,000 die each year from foodborne illnesses.
30 million Americans are obese. High calorie, sugar laden processed foods coupled with our sedentary lifestyles is growing our wastelines and contributing to serious health issues like diabetes, heart ailments and cancers.
Cancers, autism and neurological disorders are associated with the use of pesticides especially amongst farm workers and their communities. Learn about the effects of using pesticides to grow our food.
In January 2008, the FDA approved the sale of meat and milk from cloned livestock, despite the fact that Congress voted twice in 2007 to delay FDA’s decision on cloned animals until additional safety and economic studies could be completed.
Farm Worker Protection
Workers are fighting for social justice in labor laws, access to drinking water, health care, housing and economic development.
Approximately 10 billion animals (chickens, cattle, hogs, ducks, turkeys, lambs and sheep) are raised and killed in the US annually. Nearly all of them are raised on factory farms under inhumane conditions. These industrial farms are also dangerous for their workers, pollute surrounding communities, are unsafe to our food system and contribute significantly to global warming.
Put Nutritional Labels on Restaurant Food
Ever wondered how many calories are in your restaurant food? Most restaurants don’t list the actual nutritional value of their food. Listing calories on menus in chain restaurants is an easy way to educate consumers about calorie content to help them make the healthiest choice.
Food, Inc. – The Book
A book by the same title, “Food Inc. – A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It”, expands on the film’s themes. “This unique companion book explores the challenges raised by the movie in fascinating depth through 13 essays, most of them written especially for this book, and many by experts featured in the film. Highlights include”:
on the industrialization of our food supply
on the benefits of locally – sourced, organic eating
on the making of Food, Inc.
on sorting out food facts from fictions
on how the U.S. food system promotes global warming
on the global impact of food industrialization
on how to declare your independence from industrial food
on how industrial food is going mainstream