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Food, Inc. (2008)

PG | | Documentary | 31 July 2009 (USA)
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Himself - Author, 'Fast Food Nation'
Richard Lobb ...
Himself - National Chicken Council
Vince Edwards ...
Himself - Tyson Grower
Carole Morison ...
Herself - Perdue Grower
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Himself - Author, 'The Omnivore's Dilemma'
Troy Roush ...
Himself - Vice President, American Corn Growers Association
Larry Johnson ...
Himself - Center for Crops Utilization Research, Iowa State University
Allen Trenkle ...
Himself - Ruminant Nutrition Expert, Iowa State University
Barbara Kowalcyk ...
Herself - Food Safety Advocate
Patricia Buck ...
Herself - Food Safety Advocate, Barbara's Mom
Diana DeGette ...
Herself - Representative, Colorado
Phil English ...
Himself - Representative - Pennsylvania, Co-Sponsor of Kevin's Law
Eldon Roth ...
Himself - Founder of BPI
Maria Andrea Gonzalez ...
Herself - Mother
Rosa Soto ...
Herself - California Center for Public Health Advocacy
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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 more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business - with an emphasis on the business - has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences. Many of the changes are based on advancements in science and ... Written by Huggo

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P.O.V. Food, Inc. episode #23.1  »

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$60,513 (USA) (12 June 2009)

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$4,417,124 (USA) (20 November 2009)
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[first lines]
Narrator: The way we eat has changed more in the last 50 years than in the previous 10,000.
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »

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This Land Is Your Land
Words & Music by Woody Guthrie
Published by TRO - Ludlow Music, Inc. (BMI)
Performed by Bruce Springsteen
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT
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a food monoculture
17 October 2009 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Robert Kenner's movie is a perfect illustration of F. William Engdahl's book 'Seeds of Destruction', which explains how international agribusinesses are trying to monopolize vertically and horizontally (and profit from) food production on a world scale.

The world's food chain is built mainly on heavily subsidized and, therefore, cheap corn. In fact, all humans chew corn the whole day long from bread over meat (all animals are fed with corn) to deserts and drinks. Transnational corporations are even trying to learn fish to eat corn. Corn becomes nearly a food monoculture. A particular transnational company even developed through genetic engineering highly efficient corn seed which it patented, thereby creating a nearly seed monopoly. Buyers cannot use the produce of the seeds as plant seed for future harvests. The company's own inspection force controls with hawk eyes that its clients buy new genetically modified seed every year. Some of the company's supporters and former directors occupy key positions in US governments and government administrations (FDA).

The movie shows the disastrous effects of intensive farming on animals, as well as the health and environmental risks of diminished standards at livestock farming and slaughtering houses. Fortunately, some biological farmers show more respect for their animals and for their clients.

At the end of the movie, the makers give a perfect list of recommendations for those wishing to eat 'healthy' food.

This movie is a must see for all those who want to understand the world we live in.


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