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New movie Food, Inc. will eat your lunch

By Heidi Knapp Rinella

Article from Las Vegas Review-Journal

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Food, Inc., the movie, released on June 12, 2008. (Source)
I ran into the movie trailer for Food, Inc. on accident February of this year. The trailer alone almost jolted my life to a total halt. Let's just put it this way, I haven't eaten McDonald's since. But that's not even the worst.

It's not about being vegetarian or pescatarian or eating at all - It's about what you eat, no matter your category, and where it comes from. It's not just fast food this time. It's about food that's everywhere.

"The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000," says Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation.

Food, Inc. the movie, sets out to dispell the myth that much of anytihng comes from a farm anymore. Is Blue Bell really not homemade? Is peanut butter really not made from peanuts? Again, that's not all.

In a review from Entertainment Weekly, writer  Owen Gleiberman says, "Days after you've seen it, you will find yourself eating something - a hamburger, cereal out of the box, a perfectly round, waxen hothouse tomato - and realize that you have virtually no idea what it really is."

No such thing as farms anymore, says Food, Inc. movie makers,

No such thing as farms anymore, says Food, Inc. movie makers,
more like factories. (Source)
Flimmaker Robert Kenner exposes the "highly mechanized underbelly" of the nation's food supply, protected by government agencies, USDA and FDA. To put food on the table, argues Robert Kenner and his film team, government agencies and food corporations have gone to all means to bring out the best - or is it the worst? - in food.

The movie's official website expands, "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 cause illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually." But, alas, there's more.

The movie makers question obesity, especially in children, and the strong country numbers of diabetes cases among adults. The movie features interviews with said experts Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and innovative entrepreneurs, Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms) and Joe Salatin (Polyface Farms). 


 The movie's opening scenes remind us of the marketing labels put on the foods we eat - The farmer, the cow, the white-feathered chicken, the lush orange tree. 

Voices the trailer, "It's the spinning of this past world fantasy. The food industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you are eating. Because if you knew. You might not want to eat it."

Check out the movie trailer in HD here or log on to the movie webpage here.



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