Today is the official release date for Food, Inc., the latest film about our food production system and its discontents. This one has generated tons of interest, and for good reason (I’ve seen it twice). For one thing, it is star-studded: Eric Schlosser! Michael Pollan! For another, it takes a hard look at the less savory aspects of industrial food production for a purpose: to make you think before you eat.
To that end, the film comes with:
- A participant’s guidebook to which I, among others, contributed articles.
- A discussion guide for grades 9-12 produced by the Center for Ecoliteracy.
- The DVD, which you can order now but will not be available until September.
And, not least,
- Its very own anti-Food Inc. website, a contribution from meat and poultry trade associations eager to provide a point-by-point rebuttal of every scene in the movie.
Here’s my favorite quote from the review in the New York Times:
one of the scariest movies of the year, “Food, Inc.,” [is]an informative, often infuriating activist documentary about the big business of feeding or, more to the political point, force-feeding, Americans all the junk that multinational corporate money can buy. You’ll shudder, shake and just possibly lose your genetically modified lunch.
Go see it and decide for yourself!