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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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Robert Kenner
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eric Schlosser ... Himself - Author, 'Fast Food Nation'
Richard Lobb Richard Lobb ... Himself - National Chicken Council
Vince Edwards Vince Edwards ... Himself - Tyson Grower
Carole Morison Carole Morison ... Herself - Perdue Grower
Michael Pollan ... Himself - Author, 'The Omnivore's Dilemma'
Troy Roush Troy Roush ... Himself - Vice President, American Corn Growers Association
Larry Johnson Larry Johnson ... Himself - Center for Crops Utilization Research, Iowa State University
Allen Trenkle Allen Trenkle ... Himself - Ruminant Nutrition Expert, Iowa State University
Barbara Kowalcyk Barbara Kowalcyk ... Herself - Food Safety Advocate
Patricia Buck Patricia Buck ... Herself - Food Safety Advocate, Barbara's Mom
Diana DeGette Diana DeGette ... Herself - Representative, Colorado
Phil English Phil English ... Himself - Representative - Pennsylvania, Co-Sponsor of Kevin's Law
Eldon Roth Eldon Roth ... Himself - Founder of BPI
Maria Andrea Gonzalez Maria Andrea Gonzalez ... Herself - Mother
Rosa Soto Rosa Soto ... Herself - California Center for Public Health Advocacy
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Storyline

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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You'll never look at dinner the same way again See more »

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Rated PG for some thematic material and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

P.O.V. Food, Inc. episode #23.1 See more »

Filming Locations:

Kentucky, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$60,513, 14 June 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,417,124, 20 November 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

On the Region 1 DVD packaging, the UPC bar-code on the cow is different from the one shown on the theatrical poster. The poster bar-code is 4-73762-52481-6-(18). The bar-code on the Region 1 DVD packaging is the same as the DVD's actual product bar-code on the back cover: 8-76964-00216-5. As of 2017, he bar-code used on the poster is not an active code. See more »

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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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Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.159 (2012) 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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Careful With That Burger, Eugene
4 July 2009 | by druid333-2See all my reviews

With family run farms pretty much a thing of the past, institutional farming has pretty much taken over,and the dim,dark & dismal effects are omnipresent. There is an epidemic of food borne illness,due to cattle being exposed to over use of steroids to make them grow fatter, faster (and this also includes chickens,pigs,etc.),not to mention GMO corn,grains,etc. Robert Kenner's eye opening film, 'Food,Inc.' manages to shine at least some light on some pretty unethical practices that are being undertaken by corporate owned & managed farms. The likes of Eric Schlosser (author of 'Fast Food Nation',which was made into a semi fictional film a few years back)is featured in interviews,along with Michael Pollan. Many fingers are pointed at guilty parties doing the dirty deeds of the farming industry,along with some pretty unpleasant footage of unethical practices (i.e. abuse of farm animals, although this film doesn't take up any kind of vegetarian/vegan agenda of it's own---the viewer can make up their own mind just what they prefer to eat). Much to my surprise,there is little discussion of the mad cow disease epidemic (or,BSE)from a few years back (only a passing reference). Rated PG by the MPAA,this film contains some unpleasant footage of animal abuse,as well as a rude word,or two. Okay for older children who care about what's on their plate for breakfast,lunch or dinner.


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