Film Review: Food, Inc.

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I’m a foodie. That’s why I eat local. Sure, I care about the animals and the planet, but my main concern is to eat well.

Eddy and I go to the stores once a month to buy staples such as pasta, sugar, and salt. We buy most of our food at farmers’ markets. We rarely buy food with labels because we think food without labels taste so much better. Sure, we worry about the corporate takeover of our food. Ultimately, though, it’s the taste that gets us out of bed to go to the farmers’ markets.

Do you want to eat well? Do you care about the animals, the planet, and the corporate takeover of your food? Then, eat local!

That appears to be the message of Food, Inc. The film, directed by Robert Kenner, examines the American food system and how consumers have lost touch with food they eat everyday. The American food system is run by a handful of corporations, and they have no care for consumers, animals, or the planet. The film follows Barbara Kowalcyk who lost her 2 year-old son to a hamburger meat contaminated with E.coli bacteria. Her crusade to empower the Food and Drug Administration to enforce food safety regulations is met by fierce resistance from food manufacturers.

The film also shows footages of animals and food industry workers being mistreated. The meat packing industry recruits workers in poor countries, imports them illegally, and pays them low wages to perform very dangerous tasks. These workers, in turn, hit cows with a stick and kick chickens as if they are soccer balls.

Would you eat the food if you know that it comes from corporations that abuse both animals and workers and care nada about your safety? Would you eat the food if you know that it has been treated with ammonia and chlorine? I wouldn’t.

The problem is Americans don’t know where their food comes from. The film urges consumers to know where their food comes from and send a message with each bite, three times a day. You can get away from corporate food. Eddy and I did, and after watching Food, Inc., we were very glad that we did.

If you haven’t freed yourself from ammonia and chlorine-treated corporate food, I urge you to watch Food, Inc. It might just change your life and the lives of so many others.

Food, Inc. is playing at the Market Street Cinema in Little Rock. For information about the showtimes, visit www.marketstreetcinema.net.

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