Friday, June 12, 2009

The Film, "Food, Inc." Opens Today



I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this film. It opened today in select cities. Unfortunately, I will have to wait until next week to see it, because, apparently, Washington, D.C. is not considered a "select" city.

This documentary film is loosely based on Michael Pollan's book,
The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Ed Schlosser's book Fast Food Nation.

According to Wikipedia:
The film's first segment examines the industrial production of meat, calling it inhumane and economically and environmentally unsustainable. The second segment looks at the industrial production of grains and vegetables, labeling this economically and environmentally unsustainable. The film's third and final segment is about the economic and legal power of the major food companies, whose livelihoods (the filmmakers say) are based on supplying cheap but contaminated food, the heavy use of petroleum-based chemicals (largely pesticides and fertilizers), and the promotion of unhealthy food consumption habits by the American public.
The Metacritic (my go-source for aggregate film reviews) score is 81 (out of 100). You can read reviews of the movie, posted on Metacritic, here.

And speaking of the book, Fast Food Nation, I highly recommend the movie of the same name.

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