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The new documentary, Food, Inc. is a searing expose of food conglomerates that control our food supply, from farm to table. Narrated by Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and Michael Pollan, author of several food books, the most recent one entitled In Defense of Food (Click on my Book Reviews), the movie is upsetting and enlightening.
While I have been a vegetarian for decades and therefore have been aware of much of what the movie portrays, I was still moved to tears and also to nausea at some of the graphically illustrated displays of slaughterhouses and chicken farms. Not surprisingly, the food companies that own these farms, or essentially own the farmers, refused to be interviewed. Monsanto and Purdue are big players in this movie as only two examples of how their desire for profit outweighs every other consideration of the farmersÃ¢â¬
This is not an easy movie to watch. I cried when the mother of a 2 ÃÂ½ year old talks about the death of her son Kevin. She has been working for six years to get KevinÃ¢â¬
I also became upset when I saw the animals and the workers who Ã¢â¬ÅprocessÃ¢â¬Â the animals. Many are Mexicans who are being arrested as part of the scheme to stay within the law surrounding food safety. Unfortunately, they are replaced by more Mexicans, and the processing plant continues to belch out its products untouched by the law, because the manufactured food lobby is strong and government administrators are often former CEOs of the food conglomerates.
Not all the news is bad. There are many scenes that are hopeful, especially those focusing on a farmer who farms the Ã¢â¬Åold-fashionedÃ¢â¬Â way and the owner of Stonyfield Yogurt, who has Wal-Mart buying his organic products. While we may dislike many of Wal-MartÃ¢â¬
The movie is an eye opener for those of us who have been living with the myth/hope that our food is still produced as it was in our grandparentsÃ¢â¬