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Sharla Paino | Interrobang | Lifestyles | October 26th, 2009

Food, Inc. (2008)

Food, Inc. is a shocking documentary about where our food comes from. It reveals the truth about American food producers, farms and factories. In the film, the stories of different farmers in the U.S. shed light on horrible truths that we are not made aware of when we buy our food at the grocery store. The conditions in which livestock is raised, the motivation behind the way farmers are told to run their farms, and the complete detachment of our society to the origin of our meals is completely appalling to watch.

Other issues discussed in the film include: Organics, diabetes and obesity, genetic engineering, pesticides, cloning, environmental effects, foodbourne illness protection (Kevin's Law) and the world food crisis. The movie really drives home the need to buy local and support our smaller regional farmers.

I really enjoyed this film. It was extremely thought-provoking, and encourages me to be far more responsible with my food choices than I already am. It's important to be informed about the food we eat. It's also important to know the consequences of our ignorance to the food industry practices.

The information in Food, Inc. was relayed in a attention-catching way. The facts were engaging and the issues were told from a few different perspectives, which I felt was quite educational. Some scenes inspired a very emotional response from the audience with their graphic nature to get the point across, but didn't go too far as to offend.

Although the setting was in the U.S., I still believe the information learned from this movie applies to us in Canada, seeing as our nation is growing to mimic the U.S. a little more each day. Our food service industry standards are a bit stricter than that of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but we still have imported foods coming into our country that involve the issues investigated in Food, Inc. It also encourages the question “What is going on in Canadian farms/food markets?”

Food, Inc. also provides it's viewers with helpful suggestions on how to promote the solution to these problems and avoid buying products tainted by scandals and factory farming by buying local and reading food labels.

I would recommend this movie to anyone who eats food. Food, Inc. will be coming back to the Hyland Cinema on November 13th.

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