Food, Inc., the movie that shows how the food industry really works starts at Kahala Mall this Friday, July 31, 2009. The debate about the health care crisis, should really be a debate about the control over the food industry by a few giant agribusiness companies that are feeding us junk food thus destroying people's health and directly causing the health care crisis, not to mention how brutally they treat the animals on their factory farms and in the slaughterhouses; the bad treatment isn't just limited to the animals, their workers don't get treated too well either (but at least they don't keep them in cages, kill them, chop them up, and eat them the way they do the animals).
As I mentioned in a previous blog the movie is not a vegetarian movie (i.e. the movie maker thinks it is fine to kill and eat animals so long as you treat them better), but nonetheless it raises serious issues that are worthy of very serious consideration, and not just consideration, there has to be change.
To watch a trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Oq24hITFTY
A synopsis of the movie follows:
In "Food, Inc.," filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli--the harmful bacteria that cause illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms' Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms' Joe Salatin, "Food, Inc." reveals surprising--and often shocking truths--about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.