I was prepared, going into this 2009 documentary, to be lectured on about the evils of ‘frankenfood’
a term the organic foods industry likes to toss around in such a general sense, that it actually causes harm. Take for instance, the wide-spread famine in Zambia when their leaders were erroneously convinced to refuse the genetically modified corn offered by the UN World Food Programme
. That being said, “Food, Inc”
tries its best to be more than just propaganda for one point of view, an effort hampered by the refusal to be involved by ANY of the major food corporations the film looks at.
This rather disturbing and enlightening doc is divided into three sections. The first is the familiar look at industrial meat production, not really going anywhere new but reminding us all how horrid the conditions are for these animals. The second part is about corn and soy bean over-production and how this is causing health problems in ways you wouldn’t suspect and will likely scare you into shopping with considerably more care. The real kicker though is part three which deals with the way the large food companies wield their power, in a downright evil fashion, intentionally stomping on the small farmers through means that plain do not allow for the healthy competition that is supposed to be why Capitalism works. Much like Michael Moore
’s recent film, “Food, Inc”
presents a view of this corporate structure as unsustainable to any one with even an iota of a moral compass.
took me by surprise, making its points convincingly which are also backed up by the extras on the disc, most notably an NBC “Dateline”
story focusing on organic farmers. I’m not ready to give up my way of shopping entirely yet, and I feel that even with the lack of involvement of the major companies, the film could have tried a bit harder to present alternate viewpoints, but theirs is one that definitely needs to be heard. This is a BUY
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