Directed by Robert Kenner.
Do you know what is in the processed food you buy at the supermarket? Do you know where the majority of your food comes from? Do you have any idea as to the conditions by which the cattle that wind up on your dinner plate as a steak are subjected to? The answers to these questions, if you do not know, will shock you – which makes Food Inc. one of the most deeply-affecting films I have seen in a long while. I should warn all that may be upset by images of distressed livestock and poultry to enter the viewing of this film with trepidation. But, having said that, Food Inc. is a film that everyone should see, because the food industry is by far the greatest in need of revolution (or devolution, as one may see it). Having known about the state of affairs within the industry for some time, much of the information in this film was not new to me – yet the succinct style and presentation of information in this outstanding documentary cannot be ignored, and simply reinforced a personal belief in a need for change. Food Inc. challenges the blatantly unethical practices of such US food industry giants as Tyson, as well as pointing damaging fingers at the oppressive corporation Monsanto. The film takes us into the appalling cattle yards where cows, fed an unnatural and damaging diet of corn, are forced to stand in their own excrement a foot deep. Chickens, pumped full of growth hormones to enhance their size and halve their growth rate, are barely able to walk due to their bodily deficiencies. As is plainly stated in the film, the food industry is no longer growing or producing food, it is creating it – whether it be through hormones in living creatures or through genetically modified seeds. But, of course, this is merely the tip of the iceberg in this valuable and ultimately heartbreaking piece of work – one that could be the single most important documentary of recent years.
by Wadrick Jones