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Movie Review: Food, Inc.

Alternate Title: You Are What You Eat and It is Killing You

Story: Some films make me think. Some films make me angry. Some films make me barf. This first rate documentary managed to do all three. Directed and written by Robert Kenner along with writers Elise Pearlstein and Kim Roberts we get another solid indictment of the nation's out of control food industry.

Some of the issues have been touched upon in other work such as Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollen but this film goes deeper into the far reaching power of the multi-national conglomerates that have ever so menacingly taken over what we eat.

In a most engaging manner the film shows how outbreaks of E-coli occur and how the food we eat becomes contaminated. In the giant processing plants that are owned by a handful of companies these poor animals stand in their own excrement for their entire lives and are fed diets that nature did not intend for them to eat. The FDA and the USDA have been castrated and are run by the same people who used to work for or lobby for the giant conglomerates. The c0mpanies cited in the film refused to comment and include the big bad Tyson, Monsanto, Purdue and BPI. You can go to the film's website for an in depth look at the issues, things you can do and more. http://www.foodincmovie.com/about-the-film.php

While the film is enraging it is also optimistic about the ability of people to do something about the issue. We all have three big chances every day to fight back: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We finally overpowered the tobacco companies and we can do the same to these giant conglomerates who are killing us. Eat food grown locally, if at all possible. Eat food in season. Eat meat and poultry that is organic and demand that your local food distributor sell products you want to buy. Even big bad Walmart changed their ways and now sells organic items and milk that does not have chemicals. We can overpower these giant corporations . We have a fighting chance. Power to the people.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKYyD14d_0

Trivia: Did you know that - It is illegal to show photos of the tremendous animal feeding operations. It is illegal to question the safety of food from large companies. Enacted in 13 states, agricultural disparagement laws, often referred to as “veggie libel laws,” make it illegal to question the safety of a food product without sound science to back up any suspicion. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who once served as a lawyer for Monsanto, wrote the Supreme Court opinion making it legal for Monsanto to patent its genetically modified soybeans as “intellectual property.” This made it illegal for farmers to harvest seeds from one year’s crop to use for the next year’s, a practice that had been in place for centuries. Government subsidies may be making you fat. The subsidies that corn growers get from the Government make the unhealthy foods that we eat cheaper to buy than the healthy stuff. Companies spend billions to convince you their food is natural. Do not believe it. Read the labels.

Predilection: I like documentary films.

Critters: The only animals not destined to be food on your table are a dog and a cat.

Food: Duh.

Blatant Product Placement: Not applicable in a documentary but many labels are shown.

Opening Titles: A very clever use of packaging labels to introduce us to the people responsible in the making of this film.

Theater Audience: Crowded. The guy in my row had some food with him but shortly after the movie began - I heard a crumpling of a bag as he put his food away. This film is an appetite suppressant.

Squirm Scale: Some parts are very squirmy indeed.

Drift Factor: I paid attention throughout.

Tissue Usage: It is hard not to tear up when the mother of a two year old, who died of e-coli seven years ago appears on camera.

Oscar Worthy: Yes

Big Screen or Rental: Either - but do see it.

Length: 100 minutes