Do you eat food? If so, then the new documentary, Food, Inc. is for you. This film is for anyone who eats food, cares about our food system, our health and the environment. Whether you're a vegan, carnivore, locavore, vegetarian or omnivore, you have a stake in our industrial food system and its environmental, social, economic and health consequences. Food, Inc. exposes the vast and complex network of companies and political backers that support the US and global food systems.
Through the lens of the meat industry, viewers are offered an intimate portrayal of the health, labor and environmental consequences of our insatiable demand for low-cost meat. While food experts and activists Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser offer a narrative throughout the film, the detailed stories that unfold before us connect us to the startling facts and stories they share with viewers. We are introduced to farmers whose livelihoods have been destroyed by corporate entities, like Tyson and Monsanto. While Monsanto argues that it is helping farmers squeeze more food from a raindrop, it's really just squeezing the livelihood of American farmers. We meet the Orozco family of Baldwin Park, CA, who is faced with the dire choice of purchasing healthy foods or diabetes medicine for an ailing parent with their limited budget. Barb Kowalcyk shares the harrowing story of her two-year old son, Kevin, who fell ill from eating tainted meat. Gary Hirshberg, the CE-Yo of Stonyfield Yogurt, explains how his hugely profitable business that offers organic yogurts to millions of Americans nationwide is able to simultaneously protect the environment and support small farmers. These are just some of the voices and portraits from Food, Inc.
Anyone of us could be in this film because this is our food system, not just theirs. You can be a part of the conversation about Food, Inc. and how to change our food system.
On Friday, the film's director, Robert Kenner, will be having a discussion on Twitter this Friday, June 19th from 10-11 AM PST. It's simple to be part of the conversation:
1. Put #foodinc in the search bar and hit enter. You will be following the conversation.
2. To submit a question, be sure to put the #foodinc tag in it. This way the question will stay on this thread.
3. There should be a large turnout so your patience is greatly appreciated while Robert Kenner answers questions.
While Food, Inc. exposes the dangers of our of industrial food system, we all have the opportunity to be part of the solution to build a sustainable system that protects our health, the environment and the workers who bring plant, harvest and prepare our foods. Three times a day we have an opportunity to make a statement about what we eat; be part of the conversation this Friday to help build this movement. If you can't join, then visit the official film site for details about how to get involved today.