Movie Monograms (Food, Inc. A Robert Kenner Film)
Food, Inc. (2008) is a documentary that discusses where our food comes from, and takes a short look at the companies that have taken over the markets providing the foods we eat. The film features Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation (2012), and Michael Pollan author of The Omnivore’s Dilemna (2006) who help guide the viewer through the current state of food production. The documentary makes it clear that the companies that operate and produce our food care more for profit and less for health and safety, and that FDA and USDA regulations are subject to the capital biases of corporate demands. It provides an overview of the dangerous conditions farmers and meat packers work under, as well as the crammed conditions of chickens in dark barns and the hazards of corn-feeding cattle. It advocates organic foods, and says that buying organic tells the corporation that that is what the consumer wants, and doing that is one way to lead towards safer foods. The film also covers the lack of response from the government concerning Kevin’s Law, a law named in memory Kevin Kowalcyk a 2 1/2 year old who died of e. Coli O157:H7 after eating a contaminated hamburger. The law is designed to better establish safe food, but is currently under maintained and is being petitioned to be revived.