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

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

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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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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 Vild med dans: Vals og cha-cha-cha, del 2 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Pass (on) the Corn
28 June 2009 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Was reticent to see this one thinking I might never want to eat again. Much of what is in the film is not really new, but the entire segment on corn was really an eye opener.

No real surprise that a few giant companies, with governmental subsidies, control our entire food market ... and that it run like a giant factory and not Grandpa's farm. Still it is painful to watch what the workers and animals and farmers are subjected to.

The two messages we are left with - push the government for better controls and power by the FDA and USDA, and eat more organic food ... even if it is more expensive.


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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

Gross USA:

$4,417,674

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,606,199
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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