Food Essay

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Food Inc. Film Critique October 4, 2012 Food Inc. Film Critique Food Inc. is an important documentary that aims to change the way America eats, the way the food is produced, and to nourish our understanding on how the American food industry functions. Why choose an organic salad instead of a ninety-nine cents burger? Filmmaker Robert Kenner features and builds on the writings, Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and The Omnivore's Dilemma author Michael Pollan, to create an essential picture of the food we eat in America and what it means for the health of future generations. The film maker believes his vision is best and the goal to produce and eat more organic foods is realistic. However, eating healthier is more expensive than eating less healthier. For example, food prices for meat and poultry will rise, more land will be needed to raise livestock, and environment will suffer from open systems due to lack of environmental control. Perhaps if the general public knew how corporations use exploited laws and subsidies to create powerful monopolies, the outrage would be enough to make us think more carefully about the food we put into our bodies. Kenner is an unabashed advocate for greater food safety and the film with commentary by Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma).attempts to convince the public of the shortsightedness of the mega-corporations that dominate the food industry and their "faster, fatter, bigger, cheaper," method of increasing profits often at the expense of public safety. Representatives from food-producing giants such as Monsanto, Smithfield, Tyson and Perdue that control our food supply were invited to be interviewed for the film but declined or did not respond to Kenner's request. According to Schlosser, "The industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you're eating - because if you

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