The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has changed more so in the past decades than in any time in human history. The industry is controlled by a handful of multinational corporations, and health and safety are often overlooked by the companies focused on the bottom line and they themselves are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide inexpensive, unhealthy food regardless of the negative consequences.
9 out of 10
I should say two things: 1. I’m a vegetarian, so there may be a bias in my opinion of this movie. 2. I’m also a journalist (though not in the field anymore). But I still can recognize quality reporting and investigation. This film has both in spades.
There was nothing in this film I wasn’t aware of, but I think it’s message needs to be heard by the masses. Corporate bottom lines have changed the quantity, quality and type of foods we eat. There’s no debate about that. This isn’t a film that preaches for all to become vegans. It’s about the search for the origins of where our food comes — whether it’s the corporate ag controlled crops or the massive slaughter houses where animals live in the worst conditions, are injected with hormones, and how those affect our health. You should know what you’re putting inside your body.
I know the truth is always somewhere in the middle. I find Michael Moore films (Fahrenheit 911, Sicko) frustrating because he goes for shock and drama, and often skips or misrepresents information. But Moore’s films could be stronger if he just showed his hand rather than pulling stunts. Food, Inc.’s director Robert Kenner pulls no punches, doesn’t go over the top with drama or spectacle. He simply lets the lens tell the story, and it’s one everyone needs to hear.