Director: Robert Kenner
Hey, where did that pretty American Farm go to?
In this case, the bitter pill has to do with the food we eat. Every day, we eat chicken, pork, soy beans, vegetables, corn, yet we don’t really know where they come from. We see a neat little package in the supermarket, we buy it, but do we ever stop and think what the food in the supermarket has gone through to get there? Food Inc. shows you exactly what it went through, and it isn’t pretty. The documentary focuses on three areas, the production of meat, the production of grains and vegetables like soy and corn, and finally, the documentary focuses on the power these gigantic companies have, crushing smaller farmers and using legal tactics to shut them down, just so they can have a complete monopoly over food production. Like I said, it’s sad the way the world really is. It’s a dog eat dog world in the food industry, and its sad to see the smaller farmers putting up the good fight against these giant multinationals. How weird is it that one of these giant companies can actually genetically alter a grain, and then own it? As in no one else can grow that grain of soy, but them? I mean, arent grains part of nature? How can a company own a freaking grain? Ask the giants, they've deviced a tricky way of doing it. It’s strange to see farmers acting all scared in front of the cameras, like they are showing some dirty secret that they are going to get punished for talking about. And sad part is, they probably are going to “get it” for talking about how the food we eat is handled. The bravery shown by some of these farmers who were willing to open up the doors of their farms to show us how our food is handled is commendable.
You’ll see how chickens are grown in complete darkness, and grown so fat that they can’t even take three steps without falling down! The chickens can’t even hold their own weight! Really, it’s the mass production of it all that sickens me. These companies need to produce so much food, so fast and on a day to day basis, that the quality of the food goes down because they take short cuts to produce more, bigger and faster. I enjoyed how the documentary also focuses on smaller farms, the organic kind. These farmers produce less food and don’t want to ever get huge or multinational. They want to remain small, and produce quality food for their neighbors. Id love to support farmers like these, unfortunately, where I live, people live off of the supermarket and the supermarket alone. I think it’s sad when you think that not many people grow their own food anymore. The idea is so remote from their minds! The way things are set up in the world, we only have time to go to work, come back, and eat something we bought at the supermarket. We don’t know what its like to grow our own food, because we don’t have the time to do it.
"Hey, they left out that extra order of saturated fat that I ordered!"
A quick drive to McDonalds or Burger King can solve your hunger problem in a jiffy, its cheap, but its crap. Unfortunately, when you make little money (as many families do in our current economical reality) going to a fast food joint is sometimes the ONLY option to get the whole family to eat. I mean, how unfair and messed up are things in the world when buying vegetables in the supermarket is way more expensive then getting a happy meal at McDonalds? How wrong is that? Shouldn’t the good food be cheaper? It should. It would be the right thing, but we live in a world where what is done is the wrong thing. Just take a look at all those documentaries I mentioned earlier. But its not all gloom and doom, thankfully, the documentary does offer up good points on how we can improve our eating habits, how we can kill the giants, by not buying the crap with pretty packages that is sold to us at the supermarket, but by consuming organic products sold on Farmers Markets, amongst other things. In other words, know what you eat! Watching this documentary will help you do that. I support this kind of documentary because it lets us see things the way they really are, not a false exterior, but the real truth of it all which we seldom get in this world. Highly recommended viewing.
Rating: 5 out of 5