Food Inc.:

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Director Robert Kenner


Summary:

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Food Inc. a documentary that was directed and produced by Robert Kenner discusses the state of the food industry within the United States. Robert Kenner uses reports by Fast Food Nation and The Omnivore’s Dilemma as facilitators in exploring where the food we deal with comes from, and what it means for the future. In addition, Kenner seeks answers to some important questions, for example, like why government regulatory agencies are allowing corporations to put profit ahead of the well being of consumers, workers, and the environment.

Schossler investigates an industry that has created bigger-breasted chicken; cattle are given feed that their bodies are not biologically designed to digest; pesticide covered soybean seeds; and tomatoes that won’t go bad. All these adaptations to our food system have caused new strains of e-coli, obesity that are at all time levels, and increased rates of diabetes among adults.

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3 Parts:

The first segment examines the industrial production of meat, mainly chicken, beef, and pork. In this segment Kenner and others call the industrial production inhumane and unsustainable for the environment and the economy.

The second segment looks at the industrial production of grains and vegetables, mainly corn and soy beans which we have learned are used in many of our fast food products.

The third segment is about the power that these industrial companies have in manipulating the rules and laws. Kenner examines these industrial companies profits and how the fact that using poor quality products they are able to make more money.

Interesting Quote:

“The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000, but the image that’s used to sell the food … you go into the supermarket and you see pictures of farmers. The picket fence and the silo and the 1930s farmhouse and the green grass. The reality is … it’s not a farm, it’s a factory. That meat is being processed by huge multi-national corporations that have very little to do with ranches and farmers.” -Michael Pollen

Overview:

It is so shocking that the way we eat has changed so drastically in 20, 30, even 50 years. The fact the most of the food in supermarkets now is unhealthy provides great evidence that things need to be changed especially because the United States is becoming more and more unhealthy and sick. Food Inc. is a great documentary with vivid detail. It will definitely change the way you look at food, even the food that you are eating. I recommend watching this documentary to anyone who wants to know the truth about the Food Industry in America.