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Food, Inc. -- An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry and its trickle-down effects on the country's farmers and the health of its citizens.

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Release Date:
21 April 2010 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
You'll never look at dinner the same way again See more »
Plot:
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 13 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(6 articles)
'Hangover,' 'Up,' 'Locker' top Ace honors
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 14 February 2010, 10:00 AM, PST)

Oscar Gives Michael Moore's Love Story the Shaft
 (From E! Online. 18 November 2009, 6:15 PM, PST)

Academy Announces 2010 Oscar Feature Documentary Short List
 (From Rope Of Silicon. 18 November 2009, 4:54 PM, PST)

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Cast

  (in credits order)

Eric Schlosser ... Himself - Author, 'Fast Food Nation'
Richard Lobb ... Himself - National Chicken Council
Vince Edwards ... Himself - Tyson Grower
Carole Morison ... Herself - Perdue Grower

Michael Pollan ... 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
Joel Salatin ... Himself - Polyface Farms Owner
Eduardo Peña ... Himself - Union Organizer
Gary Hirshberg ... Himself - CEO, Stonyfield Farm (also archive footage)
Amanda Ellis-Thurber ... Herself - Organic Farmer
Tony Airoso ... Himself - Wal-Mart's Chief Dairy Purchaser
Moe Parr ... Himself - Seed Cleaner
David Runyon ... Himself - Farmer
Stephen R. Pennell ... Himself - Moe's Lawyer
William P. Kealey ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage)
Maurice McDonald ... Himself (archive footage)
Richard McDonald ... Himself (archive footage)

Dan Rather ... Himself (archive footage)

Theodore Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage)

Oprah Winfrey ... Herself (archive footage)

Directed by
Robert Kenner 
 
Writing credits
Robert Kenner (writer) &
Elise Pearlstein (writer) &
Kim Roberts (writer)

Produced by
Sascha Goldhor .... associate producer
Robert Kenner .... producer
Richard Pearce .... co-producer
Elise Pearlstein .... producer
Bill Pohlad .... executive producer (as William Pohlad)
Jay Redmond .... associate producer
Melissa Robledo .... co-producer
Eric Schlosser .... co-producer
Robin Schorr .... executive producer
Jeff Skoll .... executive producer
Diane Weyermann .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Mark Adler 
 
Cinematography by
Richard Pearce (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Kim Roberts 
 
Production Management
Bill Newcomb .... post production supervisor
Melissa Robledo .... post production supervisor
 
Art Department
Wolf Amer .... art department: supermarket shoot
Anna Branson .... art department: supermarket shoot
William Branson .... art department: supermarket shoot
David Courtemarche .... production designer: supermarket shoot
Jory Felice .... art department: supermarket shoot
Marguerite Kenner .... art department: supermarket shoot
Kamil Korus .... art department: supermarket shoot
James Priest .... art department: supermarket shoot
 
Sound Department
Vince Balunas .... sound editor
Sara Bencivenga .... assistant sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound mixed by (as Gary Bourgeois)
Mario Cardenas .... sound recording
Jim Choi .... sound recording
Benjamin Clore .... sound recording (as Ben Clore)
Daniel Colman .... sound editor
Doug Dunderdale .... sound recording (as Douglas Dunderdale)
Ernesto Estrada .... sound recording (as Ernesto 'Cato' Estrada)
William Freesh .... sound mixed by (as Bill Freesh)
Claudia Katayanagi .... sound recording
Jack Levy .... supervising sound editor
Sam C. Lewis .... foley mixer (as Sam Lewis)
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Eddie O'Connor .... sound recording (as Eddie O'Conner)
Glenn Oyabe .... sound editor (as Glen Oyabe)
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Steuart Pearce .... sound recording
Fred Peck III .... mix technician (as Fred W. Peck III)
Bruce Perlman .... sound recording
Mark Petersen .... sound editor
Paul Rusnak .... sound recording
George Shafnaker .... sound recording
John Slocum .... sound recording (as John Slochum)
Susumu Tokunow .... sound recording
Bruce Perlman .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Ryan Young .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Eric Epstein .... motion graphics artist: Bigstar (uncredited)
Nadia Husain .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gonzalo Amat .... director of photography: supermarket shoot (as Gonzolo Amat)
Chris Baron .... additional photography
Matthew Devitt .... best boy: supermarket shoot (as Matt Devitt)
Jon Else .... additional photography
Shana Hagan .... additional photography
Don Lenzer .... additional photography
Terry McArdle .... additional photography (as Terry McAdle)
Stephen McCarthy .... additional photography
Jon Peter .... assistant camera: supermarket sequence (as Jonathan Peter)
Jay Redmond .... additional photography
Justin Sprecher .... additional photography
Rick Stribling .... key grip: supermarket shoot
Jon R. Tower .... lighting design (as Jon Tower)
Brett Wiley .... additional photography
 
Editorial Department
Ryan Dalley .... additional on-line editor
Vanessa Galvez .... project manager: EFILM
Brian George .... DaVinci colorist
Chris A. Peterson .... additional on-line editor
Jay Redmond .... assistant editor
Dan Wilken .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Nico Abondolo .... bass
Mark Adler .... keyboards
Mark Adler .... music orchestrated and conducted by
Mark Adler .... recorded and mixed by
Jack Baran .... music supervisor
Robert Becker .... viola (as Bob Becker)
Robert Berg .... viola
Charlie Bisharat .... violin
Gary Bovyer .... clarinet
Tom Boyd .... oboe
Heather Clark .... flute
John Eidsvoog .... music preparation
Julie Eidsvoog .... music preparation
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith .... cello (as Vanessa Freebarin-Smith)
Bob Glaub .... bass
Kristine Hedewall .... violin
Janet Lakatos .... viola
Matt Laug .... drums
Sungil Lee .... violin
Jennie Leem .... violin
Lora'nd Lokustza .... violin (as Lorand Lokuszta)
Tim Loo .... cello
David Low .... cello
David Low .... contractor
Rene Mandel .... concertmaster
Peter Maunu .... guitar
Luke Maurer .... viola
Damian Montano .... bassoon (as Damion Montano)
Grace Oh .... violin
Joel M. Pargman .... violin (as Joel Pargman)
Nico Philippon .... bass
Radu Pieptea .... violin
Aminé Ramer .... music supervisor (as Amine Ramer)
Susan Rishik .... violin
Mark Robertson .... violin
Daryn Roven .... recorded and mixed by
Marc Sazar .... violin
Haim Shtrum .... violin (as Hiam Strum)
David Speltz .... cello (as Dave Speltz)
Ashoka Thiagarajan .... violin (as Ahoko Thiagarajian)
Paul Viapiano .... guitar
Aaron Walk .... assistant engineer
Yelena Yegoryan .... violin (as Yelena Yegoryian)
Michael Picton .... composer: title theme (uncredited)
Michael Ashley West .... composer assistant (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Singeli Agnew .... production assistant (as Singli Agnew)
Jill Armstrong .... production assistant
Derek Boonstra .... intern
Josh Braun .... distribution advisor: Submarine Entertainment
Larry Burke .... stock footage & photographs provided by: Flying Cloud Moving Pictures
Chloe Bystrom .... transcription
Karen Childs .... transcription: BAM Transcription
April Ciaccio .... production assistant
Jon Else .... stock footage & photographs provided by
Lincoln Else .... production assistant
Sascha Goldhor .... archival research
Demille Halliburton .... production insurance: DeWitt Stern Group (as DeMille Halliburton)
Frank Hildebrand .... for: River Road Entertainment
Mitch Horwits .... for: River Road Entertainment
Jeff Ivers .... other crew: for Participant Media (as Jeffrey D. Ivers)
Ana Sofia Joanes .... stock footage & photographs provided by (as Ana Joanes)
Kathy Jones .... for: Participant Media
Tess Kenner .... production assistant
Victor Kovner .... legal services provided by
Stephen La Rocque .... information technology support
Bill Mitchell .... stock footage & photographs provided by: Blue Sky Stock Footage
Chris Murdock .... production assistant
Michael Pollan .... special consultant
Ryan Pratt .... production assistant
Michael Reinarts .... for: River Road Entertainment
Melissa Robledo .... archival research
Courtney Sexton .... for: Participant Media
Jay Shepley .... production assistant
Buffy Shutt .... for: Participant Media
Ricky Strauss .... for: Participant Media
Cody Terrell .... production assistant
Michael Weinreich .... intern
Robert Wise .... legal services provided by
Deborah Zipser .... for: River Road Entertainment
 
Thanks
Judith Belzer .... special thanks
Steve Bjerklie .... special thanks
Richard Branca .... special thanks: Sony Post Production Facilities
Scott Z. Burns .... special thanks
Mike Callicrate .... special thanks
Al Christian .... special thanks
Troy Cowen .... special thanks
Rosa DeLauro .... special thanks (as Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro)
Aloma Dew .... special thanks
Joanie Diener .... special thanks
Rick Dove .... special thanks
Margaret Drain .... special thanks
Ted Driscoll .... special thanks
Bernadine Edwards .... special thanks
Julie Eisenberg .... special thanks
Lenny Feinstein .... special thanks
Bill Freese .... special thanks: The Center for Food Safety
Kage Glanz .... special thanks
Harold Goldstein .... special thanks
Michael Hanson .... special thanks: Consumer's Union
Nathanial Johnson .... special thanks
Richard Kassabaum .... special thanks
Marguerite Kenner .... special thanks
Martin Kenner .... special thanks
Andrew Kimbrell .... special thanks: The Center for Food Safety
Fred Kirschenmann .... special thanks
Diana LaPointe .... special thanks: SonyBMG
Dale Lasater .... special thanks
Don Lenzer .... special thanks
Michael Levy .... special thanks
Richard Linklater .... special thanks
Ralph Loglisci .... special thanks: Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production
Alice Markowitz .... special thanks
Bill Marler .... special thanks: Marler Clark
Cara Mertes .... very special thanks
Kathy Murphy .... special thanks
Marion Nestle .... special thanks
Nicolas Noxon .... special thanks (as Nick Noxon)
Chris Petersen .... special thanks: Iowa Farmer's Union
Emily Rice .... special thanks
Bobby Roth .... special thanks
Mike Semple .... special thanks
Whitley Stephensen .... special thanks
Jeremy Thomas .... special thanks
Alice Waters .... special thanks
Alison Wiediger .... special thanks: Au Naturel Farm
Paul Wiediger .... special thanks: Au Naturel Farm
Charles Wilson .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"P.O.V. Food, Inc. episode #23.1" - USA (anthology series)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some thematic material and disturbing images
Runtime:
USA:94 min | Argentina:94 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan and director Robert Kenner vegetarians, despite the film's spotlight on meat cultivation and processing in the United States.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Soundtrack:
Sunny L.A.See more »

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42 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Food, Inc., 1 August 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

I recall a story where a teacher had tasked her students to draw a picture of a chicken for art class, and to her surprise, one of them drew a chicken fillet. I suppose the point here is that we've become so detached from the origins of our food sources, save for the form they take when already in the supermarkets, cured and prepared with ready to cook/eat processes becoming the norm of our daily lives. And with periodic cases of food scares and poisoning, this film takes a look throughout the food chain of today, and although it's rather US-centric, it still has plenty of relevance here since after all, we import almost everything.

With technological research applied to our food sources, be it the humble grain or to the meat to satisfy all us omnivores out there, the drive of course is to produce enough to feed all the mouths, although sometimes things get done out necessity, and spiral out of control when the pressure's there to produce food that can grow faster, fatter, and to shorten the time it takes to get to the dining table.

Directed by Robert Kenner, this is a documentary that followed some of the points that you would have become familiar with in films like Fast Food Nation, whose writer also provided an interview and laid the foundations of our predicament quite squarely on the MacDonald brothers, who had revolutionized the way food gets prepared, presented, and sourced. Kenner cleverly sections the film into digestible chunks, each focused on aspects of the food chain and the products themselves. The stark images and footage on how animals are treated as products in an assembly line subjected to the mass production (killing) process, will definitely shock you into thinking – that cannot be right, nor humane. Will it make you swear off meat? Probably.

In fact, the picture got painted in very bleak terms, where food conglomerates continue to grow in size and profits, resulting in the power they have over consumers, politicians and the likes, where choice and options are but a facade on shelves because the brands and products all belong to common parents. Corporations exists for profits, and are not responsible for consequences arising from their drive to make money. Everything else that resulted from that drive, whether or not a negative impact on society and human lives, can be considered collateral in their goal to feed the earth, and profit from it. Naturally, none of the conglomerate representatives wanted to be interviewed for the film, and that comes with no surprise, especially when their underhanded tactics in dealing with opposition, and corrupt practices get exposed through hidden cameras.

And in some ways, the film too makes you feel a little guilty for being part of the fuel on the demand side of things. With demand comes the opportunity to supply, and make money, and corporate social responsibility is still something relatively new as a buzzword that has plenty of room to be translated into action.

But the film is not all noise in complaining and presenting a doomsday scenario, and that's where the film earned merits in providing workable alternative solutions rather than just barking up a tree. It balanced the issues on what we could do, and engages the audience to be catalyst for change, making one realize that one has the power to skew demand to more acceptable methods of production, rather than one bred on convenience. It's not all serious nature here, as Kenner does inject enough well-placed humour into the documentary so that it doesn't come off as too heavy-handed in treatment, in pointing the loaded guns of blame onto others.

Food, Inc. is an incredible documentary about where our food comes from, and for those without an inkling of knowledge, it would be worthwhile to sit through this film and get some enlightenment. More importantly of course, is to take action to prevent our stomachs from becoming just repositories for Salt, Fat and Sugar. Highly Recommended.

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