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Food, Inc. -- An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.
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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31 July 2009 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 18 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) &
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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Trivia:
Eric Schlosser and 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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107 out of 113 people found the following review useful.
Big guys and little guys and what we have to eat, 20 June 2009
Author: Chris Knipp from Berkeley, California

The message of 'Food, Inc.' is that most of what Americans now eat is produced by a handful of highly centralized mega-businesses,and that this situation is detrimental to health, environment, even our very humanity. The ugly facts of animal mistreatment, food contamination, and government collusion are covered up by a secretive industry that wouldn't talk to the filmmakers or let the interiors of their chicken farms, cattle ranches, slaughterhouses, and meatpacking plants be filmed.

Informed by the voices and outlook of bestseller authors Eric Schlosser ('Fast Food Nation') and Michael Pollen ('The Omnivore's Dilemma'), this new film is an exposé that offers some hope that things can be made better through grassroots efforts. True, Kenner points out, Monsanto, Smithfield, Perdue, et al. are rich and powerful. But so were the tobacco companies, and if Philip Morris and Reynolds could be fought successfully, so can the food industry. The fact that the vast Walmart is switching to organic foods because customers want them shows people vote effectively with their pocketbooks every time they buy a meal.

Other documentaries have covered this ground before. The 2008 French documentary 'The World According to Monsanto' (2008) focused on how that company, with government support, monopolizes seed planting, and Deborah Koons' 2004 'The Future of Food' went over similar ground. Jennifer Abbott and Mark Achbar's sweeping 2003 film 'The Corporation' (2003) touched on Monsanto's monopoly too. In more general terms, the ominous, narration-free German documentary 'Our Daily Bread' (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2003) delivered 'Food, Inc.'s' message about dehumanized factory-style food production with a European focus. Richard Linklater's 2006 'Fast Food Nation' grew out of Schlosser's book about how bad and disgusting American fast food is and how it undermines the health. These are all good films, and there are and will be lots more. As this new film mentions, exploitation and malpractice in the meat industry were exposed as far back as Upton Sinclair's 1906 muckraking book, 'The Jungle.'

'Food, Inc.' is a populist and practical film that speaks with the voices of farmers, advocates, and journalists, and focuses on food, what's wrong with it, and what we can do about it. Kenner offers lots of practical information and appeals to everyday people. The film goes back to the Fifties to show how the rise of fast food contributed to centralized, less diverse American food production. MacDonald's now much of the chicken, beef, potatoes, and many other foods produced in the country. The film explains that only a handful of companies control not only most of the beef, pork, chicken, and corn produced in the US but most other food products as well. Moreover not only is corn the major feed given to food animals, but a surprising amount of the tens of thousands of products sold at today's supermarket -- that packaged junk racked in the center of the store that Atkins and now Pollen have told us to avoid, are also derived from corn. Because of the way certain food products have government support, hamburgers are cheaper than fresh vegetables. Kenner focuses on a low-income Orozcos who both work and feel forced to rely on fast food meals because they fill them and their kids more economically than fresh produce bought at the market.

The new industry has developed chickens that grow bigger faster with more breast meat. They're kept in closed dark pens. The story is the same for all these poor mass produced critters, crammed together in great numbers, filled with antibiotics, deformed, suffering, ankle deep in their own excrement, brutally killed. The film has good footage of the big southern meat producer, Smithfield, showing how the new mega-food industry feeds off of exploited low-wage illegal immigrants who it treats as expendable, just like the animals.

An important spokesman in 'Food, Inc.' is an organic farmer (you could just say a stubbornly old-fashioned one) called Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, who's also an author, though the movie doesn't mention his books. His cattle are grass-fed and watching them, we realize that's the way nature meant them to be. They roams free, living a healthy life, trimming back the grass while fertilizing it so it will grow back. Cattle weren't meant to live on corn, and doing so has led to infection. The industry solution to such problems is not to change back to earlier methods, but to add more chemicals. They're doing crazy things like adding bleach to hamburger filler to keep the burgers from being poison.

It's hard to keep a balance in such a documentary but Kenner tries. That Hispanic family is important. Slow food and organics have been a thing of the rich, as their dilemma illustrates. There could be more focus on everyday people and their difficult daily choices. The Walmart story is important too: Walmart customers are everyday people. It's easy enough for well heeled families to buy boutique produce at farmer's markets. Average Joes don't always have the time or the money for that. Also important is Barbara Kowalcyk, who works in Washington with her mother as an advocate for stricter laws. Her 2 1/2-year-old son Kevin died in 12 days from a virulent form of E. coli after eating a hamburger on vacation. She wants not sympathy but control of an indifferent industry. Carole Morison is another vivid voice: she is a southern chicken farmer who lost her contract with Perdue for refusing to switch to dark enclosed tunnel chicken coops, the latest in a series of enforced "improvements" that lead to more production at the cost of more cruelty. She also explains how the farmers in thrall to these big companies are kept in debt like indentured servants.

Armed with witty, clear graphics and ironically bright color, 'Food, Inc.' has a chance of gaining more converts to "slow," organic, local food and opponents to crooked food regulation and monopolistic industry. This seems one of the most balanced and humane treatments of the subject yet.

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