Review 334: Food, Inc (2008)
I’ve really learned to love documentaries this year, but there are some I avoid for comfort reasons. Food, Inc. destroyed any illusion of comfort food as well as made me hate meat. The films investigative style paired with some powerfully disturbing images definitely left a mark on me. This is available on Netflix and Food, Inc. is definitely a Must See movie.
Food, Inc. takes an in-depth look at the corporate controlled food industry in America. The film utilizes hidden cameras at times and some disgruntled farmers to see into the animal houses. The goal is to encourage consumers to buy organic meats and locally produced produce.
This film came out in 2008 and eight years later the effects seem to be apparent. There has been a big push for organic product at super markets. I’ve paid little to no attention to those trends as they’re a bit more expensive than other product. This movie has made me want to reconsider. I’d turned a deaf ear to people discussing the elements in the movie, but seeing is believing. I’m not sure if this documentary is the reason for this changes, but it stands to reason.
Director Robert Kenner manages to get some apparently hard to obtain footage. The idea of objectivity is created by several title cards saying the corporations that are under attack refused to be interviewed. Tyson wouldn’t allow grower, Vince Edwards, to let cameras into his chicken house. Carole Morison, a Perdue grower, risked her career stating she thought it was time people see how their chickens are treated. There is enough in the first section of the film to make you want to change your buying habits.
Food safety in manufacturing places is scary
Then there is the story of Barbara Kowalcyk and her son that died from E Coli. Her story is one that every parent and hamburger eater fears. She is a Food Safety Advocate lobbying for a change in the way food is treated. That led the film to show us a system where beef is sanitized with ammonia and then mixed into other meat so reduce the chances of foodborne illness. I’m sure there will be no side effects from that in the future. Does sarcasm transfer in the written word well?
This is a film that can definitely change a person’s outlook on organic food. I’m definitely not a pillar of health, but having watched Sugar Coated and now Food, Inc. this year I’m more paranoid. There is no doubt that I could exercise a lot more, but even when I buy and prepare food who knows what I’m getting. I’ve never considered being a vegan more than I have since the credits rolled.