I'm getting very excited to see the movie, Food, Inc. and I am not usually a movie go-er. This is a documentary film about how food is really produced. I’ve been hearing fascinating excerpts and interviews as the camera zooms in on corporate practices and interviews outspoken critics like Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser.
There’s just one problem. Food, Inc. is showing in cities in the Lower 48 states, but where can we see it in Alaska?
Dear Readers, can you help? Can you call a few theatres and urge them to schedule this? Can you get a copy yourself and show it to groups? Food, Inc. sounds worthy of much discussion. Perhaps it can hasten a food revolution.
Here’s the review:
How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?
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, 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, 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.
Okay, Dear Detectives, please put all your cyber and sleuthing skills to work. Figure out how to bring us Food, Inc. Let us know what you find!
Meanwhile, what new discoveries are you finding at the banquet of food raised with love at the farmers markets? I hope you are slurping, crunching, and indulging as I am!