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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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21 April 2010 (USA) See more »
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You'll never look at dinner the same way again See more »
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An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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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) and
Elise Pearlstein (writer) and
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 sequence
Anna Branson .... art department: supermarket sequence
William Branson .... art department: supermarket sequence
David Courtemarche .... production designer: supermarket sequence
Jory Felice .... art department: supermarket sequence
Marguerite Kenner .... art department: supermarket sequence
Kamil Korus .... art department: supermarket sequence
James Priest .... art department: supermarket sequence
 
Sound Department
Vince Balunas .... sound editor
Sara Bencivenga .... assistant sound editor
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound mixer (as Gary Bourgeois)
Gary C. Bourgeois .... sound re-recording mixer
Mario Cardenas .... sound recordist
Jim Choi .... sound recordist
Benjamin Clore .... sound recordist (as Ben Clore)
Daniel Colman .... sound editor
Daniel Colman .... sound effects editor
Doug Dunderdale .... sound recordist (as Douglas Dunderdale)
Ernesto Estrada .... sound recordist (as Ernesto 'Cato' Estrada)
William Freesh .... sound mixer (as Bill Freesh)
Claudia Katayanagi .... sound recordist
Jack Levy .... supervising sound editor
Sam C. Lewis .... foley mixer (as Sam Lewis)
Doug Madick .... foley artist
Eddie O'Connor .... sound recordist
Glenn Oyabe .... sound editor (as Glen Oyabe)
Richard Partlow .... foley artist (as Rick Partlow)
Steuart Pearce .... sound recordist
Steuart Pearce .... sound
Fred Peck III .... sound mix technician (as Fred W. Peck III)
Bruce Perlman .... sound recordist
Mark Peterson .... sound editor
Paul Rusnak .... sound recordist
George Shafnaker .... sound recordist
John Slocum .... sound recordist (as John Slochum)
Susumu Tokunow .... sound recordist
Susumu Tokunow .... sound
Bruce Perlman .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Ryan Young .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Nadia Husain .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gonzalo Amat .... director of photography: supermarket sequence (as Gonzolo Amat)
Chris Baron .... additional photography
Matthew Devitt .... best boy: supermarket sequence (as Matt Devitt)
Jon Else .... additional photography
Shana Hagan .... additional photography
Don Lenzer .... additional photography
Terry McArdle .... additional photography
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 sequence
Jon R. Tower .... lighting designer (as Jon Tower)
Brett Wiley .... additional photography
Gonzalo Amat .... additional photography (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Ryan Dalley .... additional on-line editor
Vanessa Galvez .... project manager: EFILM
Brian George .... colorist: DaVinci
Chris A. Peterson .... on-line finishing editor
Jay Redmond .... assistant editor
Dan Wilken .... on-line editor
 
Music Department
Nico Abondolo .... musician: bass
Mark Adler .... conductor
Mark Adler .... musician: keyboards
Mark Adler .... orchestrator
Mark Adler .... scoring mixer
Jack Baran .... music supervisor
Robert Becker .... musician: viola (as Bob Becker)
Robert Berg .... musician: viola
Charlie Bishart .... musician: violin (as Charlie Bisharat)
Gary Bovyer .... musician: clarinet
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe
Heather Clark .... musician: flute
John Eidsvoog .... music preparation
Julie Eidsvoog .... music preparation
Vanessa Freebairn-Smith .... musician: cello (as Vanessa Freebarin-Smith)
Bob Glaub .... musician: bass
Kristine Hedewall .... musician: violin
Janet Lakatos .... musician: viola
Matt Laug .... musician: drums
Sungil Lee .... musician: violin
Jennie Leem .... musician: violin
Lora'nd Lokustza .... musician: violin (as Lorand Lokuszta)
Tim Loo .... musician: cello
David Low .... musician: cello
David Low .... orchestra contractor
Rene Mandel .... concertmaster
Peter Maunu .... musician: guitar
Luke Maurer .... musician: viola
Damian Montano .... musician: bassoon (as Damion Montano)
Grace Oh .... musician: violin
Joel M. Pargman .... musician: violin (as Joel Pargman)
Nico Philippon .... musician: bass
Radu Pieptea .... musician: violin
Amine Ramer .... music supervisor
Susan Rishik .... musician: violin
Mark Robertson .... musician: violin
Daryn Roven .... scoring mixer
Marc Sazar .... musician: violin
Haim Shtrum .... musician: violin (as Hiam Strum)
David Speltz .... musician: cello (as Dave Speltz)
Ashoka Thiagarajan .... musician: violin (as Ahoko Thiagarajian)
Paul Viapiano .... musician: guitar
Aaron Walk .... assistant engineer
Yelena Yegoryan .... musician: 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 LLC
Larry Burke .... stock footage & photographs provider: Flying Cloud Moving Pictures
Chloe Bystrom .... transcriber
Karen Childs .... transcriber: BAM Transcription
April Ciaccio .... production assistant
Jon Else .... stock footage & photographs provider
Lincoln Else .... production assistant
Sascha Goldhor .... archival researcher
Frank Hildebrand .... other crew: for River Road Entertainment
Mitch Horwits .... other crew: for River Road Entertainment
Jeffrey D. Ivers .... other crew: for Participant Media
Ana Sofia Joanes .... stock footage & photographs provider (as Ana Joanes)
Kathy Jones .... other crew: for Participant Media
Tess Kenner .... production assistant
Victor Kovner .... legal services
Stephen La Rocque .... information technology support
Bill Mitchell .... stock footage & photographs provider: Blue Sky Stock Footage
Chris Murdock .... production assistant
Michael Pollan .... special consultant
Ryan Pratt .... production assistant
Michael Reinarts .... other crew: for River Road Entertainment
Melissa Robledo .... archival researcher
Courtney Sexton .... other crew: for Participant Media
Jay Shepley .... production assistant
Buffy Shutt .... other crew: for Participant Media
Ricky Strauss .... other crew: for Participant Media
Cody Terrell .... production assistant
Robert Wise .... legal services
Deborah Zipser .... other crew: 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
 

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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:
Neither Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan nor director Robert Kenner are 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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
This Land Is Your LandSee more »

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74 out of 84 people found the following review useful.
After the first death, there is no other, 12 July 2009
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that foodborne diseases cause approximately 76 million illnesses, 325,000 hospitalizations, and 5,000 deaths in the United States each year. If you are the mother of two-year-old Kevin Kowalcyk who died in 2001 after eating a hamburger contaminated with E. Coli, however, statistics do not tell the story of crushing personal loss. The tragedy of Kevin's premature death spurred legislation (known as Kevin's Law) introduced by Rep. Anna G. Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, that would give the U.S. Department of Agriculture the power to close down plants that produce contaminated meat but it has failed repeatedly to pass the U.S. Congress because of opposition from the meat industry.

E-Coli outbreaks and other food-safety related issues are discussed in the outstanding documentary Food, Inc., directed by Robert Kenner, a film, graphic in part, that may leave you with a severe case of indigestion. Kenner is an unabashed advocate for greater food safety and the film with commentary by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma).attempts to convince the public of the shortsightedness of the mega-corporations that dominate the food industry and their "faster, fatter, bigger, cheaper," method of increasing profits often at the expense of public safety. Representatives from food-producing giants such as Monsanto, Smithfield, Tyson and Perdue that control our food supply were invited to be interviewed for the film but declined or did not respond to Kenner's request. According to Schlosser, "The industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you're eating - because if you knew, you might not want to eat it."

Interviewing farmers and ranchers, Kenner learned that they are mostly at the mercy of mega-corporations like Monsanto which have increased their share of the soybean market from 2% to 90% in the last decade. Monsanto developed their own custom gene for soybeans and now threaten their customers with lawsuits for patent infringement if they save their own seeds to use the next year. The film observes that part of the reason why the food industry is so hard to regulate is that many of the government officials currently assigned to watchdog roles were once employed by the companies they now monitor and notes that FDA food inspections have plummeted from 50,000 in 1972 to 9,200 in 2006.

Other subjects covered are the treatment of cows that are forced to eat corn instead of grass (which then goes into Coke, high fructose corn syrup, diapers, decongestants, and batteries) and the dreadful conditions of chickens that are herded into darkened cages before they are slaughtered. On that subject, Kenner interviews Carole Morrison who was unwilling to jam her chickens into cages without sunlight and, as a result, had her contract canceled by a giant chicken conglomerate who refused to have any further business dealings with her. Also discussed are the growing rates of diabetes in young people, the soaring incidence of obesity, and the use of low paying illegal immigrants to work in the food processing industry.

In spite of the horror stories, however, Food, Inc. is not depressing and Kenner seems more interested in educating the public than frightening them. He shows that people can make a difference by citing the tobacco industry as well as the efforts of an entrepreneur from Stonyfield Farms who sold his line of organic products to Wal-Mart and a Virginia farmer who insists on raising animals with dignity and respect. To the strain of Bruce Springsteen singing Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land", advice on how individuals can make a difference include – buy locally, shop in farmer's markets where possible, seek out quality and organic products even if they cost a bit more, and be sure to read the labeling to learn where a product comes from and the ingredients it contains.

Food, Inc. by itself may not be the catalyst that will preserve our health and well being and make food taste the way it did fifty years ago, but it is an important start and should be seen by anyone who eats, that means all of us. As the director puts it, "I think we're beginning to see the dangers of this inexpensive food that these big agribusinesses are producing. And the more we can see the cracks in this system, the faster it's going to fall apart. I'm hoping that this film can help people to start to think about it…People are becoming much more conscious of their food, and the more we think about it, the more good food we're going to get." I'll vote for that.

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