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Food, Inc. (2009/Magnolia DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B     Documentary: B



To the dismay of some oligopolic food companies, Robert Kenner’s Food, Inc. (2009) tells the continuing story of how our food system is not in the Grade-A shape it used to be and why.  Other releases (Fast Food Nation, parts of Wake Up Screaming, reviewed elsewhere on this site) have already begun to cover the issue, but this never-long-enough 91-minutes documentary has much to say in what is one of the most censored stories of our time.


After the industry was cleaned up in the early 20th Century, the 1980s brought on too many merges and acquisitions that allowed for four very powerful food companies in the processing and sales of meat alone.  They have been able to manipulate the authority of government they should abide by to intimidate anyone who criticizes their practices.  This includes selling genetically engineered foods without labeling them (the Europeans rejected the sale of such food 100% knowing their effect on people is unknown, meaning U.S. citizens are unknowingly guinea pigs in what seems like a sick experiment no one knows about), slaughter houses for meat are less clean that ever, one company is using ammonia to soak their meat before selling it to kill the deadly e coli virus instead of keeping their place clean to begin with, farmers are being squeezed and put into insane debit while the multi-nationals make most of the money and companies selling genetically engineered food are harassing farmers in the name of keeping their patents theirs.


For instance, Monsanto (the former toy plastic model kit maker dubbed “mon-Satan” by those who despise them most) have a genetically engineered soy bean they are thrilled to be making a mint off of.  Along with corn, it is the item being used most in our foods and passed off as if it were not always there to make food cheaper.  Their innovation affects beans not even touched by them because the change lands up being adapted by non-affected beans.  They have used it as an excuse to legally (and otherwise) go after organic farmers and push them into settlements for crimes they did not commit just so they can intimidate organic growers and any competitors while the federal government turns their back.  It is just one of many stories that should serve as a red alert about how our food safety is declining.


The up side is that organic foods are becoming more popular and more people know of these outrages, especially thanks to documentaries like this and this will likely not be the last of them by a longshot.  This is one of the must-see documentaries of the year and one you will not soon forget.


The 1.78 X 1 image is a little soft, but that is expected form a documentary with such investigative journalism, though I was surprised Dolby Digital 5.1 was included with the Dolby 2.0 Stereo as neither have any serious surrounds.  Still, it could not hurt ands the combination is about as good as we could ever expect.  Extras include Deleted Scenes, Resources list, Celebrity Public Service Announcements, ABC News Nightline on the subject and two featurettes: The Amazing Food Detective and Snackdown Smackdown.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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