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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.
Food, Inc. -- Food Inc. reveals surprising - and often shocking - truths about what we eat, how it's produced, and who we have become as a nation.

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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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Must-see documentary for anyone who eats See more (112 total) »

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 Peterson .... 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
Amine Ramer .... music supervisor
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:
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:
Referenced in God Bless America (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sunny L.A.See more »

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160 out of 179 people found the following review useful.
Must-see documentary for anyone who eats, 8 June 2009
Author: rasecz from United States

It is said that if you like eating sausage, you better not see how it is made. If you like eating meat, don't watch an animal being killed. If you have your fill of fruits and vegetables daily, don't think about the pesticides that coat them.

Our modern society has sanitized the presentation of food so that we can blissfully ignore what we should be concerned with: where food comes from, how it is raised, picked, handled, altered, transported and sold. Instead our attention is focused only on the awesome number of beautiful packages on market shelves, the unblemished fruits and vegetables available year round. In our increasingly artificial world appearance trumps taste, price trumps provenance, and industrialization gives us a false sense of safety.

It is therefore opportune to have the release of "Food, Inc". After you see it, you'll probably not shop for food in the same way. You may even change the kinds of food you eat. Not enough to convince me to become a vegetarian, but the ubiquitousness of corn and its derivatives, stated multiple times in the film, has made scouring of package labels a routine. The easy rule of not buying anything that contains more than five ingredients more frequently obeyed.

The film contains material that has already been brought out by others, for examples, (1) the problem of genetically modified seeds crossing into properties that do not want them and (2) the appalling conditions in which farm animals are kept. Some material is stressed too much, for example, the whole issue surrounding the tragic death of a kid from a very virulent form of E.coli and the attempts to establish regulations that might prevent such deaths. Individual cases are worth mentioning, but systemic and widespread issues are more compelling. The death of one is no doubt a tragedy but the impairment of thousands is of greater social consequence.

The issue of food regulation in general is a subject that I would have liked to see more of. The adverse effect of more regulation (as per the example above) can be too much regulation. The subject is briefly broached by the "good farmer" (Joel Salatin) who kills his chickens in the open. Ironically those chickens are likely to be more healthy and tasty. Regulation may eliminate this practice. Regulation can therefore have a negative impact on food culture. One of the best example of this is preventing the importation into the US of many delicious young unpasteurized cheese from Europe or even the marketing of such cheese by US producers. How many get sick from those cheese compared to the number of sick from peanut butter or spinach?

The film unwittingly projects a bit of naiveté in a couple of places. The segment about an individual being sued by a food conglomerate and essentially losing for lack of money is not news. This is a capitalist system: more money, better lawyers, almost certain victory. Yet the point is well taken that the food conglomerates are behaving in thuggish ways and acting with the protection of a complicit government (the best money can buy). But again, uncontrolled capitalism generates monopolies and they will fight tooth and nail to retain control and squash any semblance of competition. It's the logic of the beast. This not limited to food. Since voting habits have brought the US to this state of affairs, our only recourse as consumers is to eat bananas, and only bananas, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's called the Chiquita Diet.

In any case, this is a must-see documentary. The director is to be commended for having the courage of tackling this very important topic.

Don't forget to buy a five gallon basket of popcorn dripping with oleo and a big soda with plenty of high fructose corn syrup before going into the screening room. It may be the last time you do.

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