Health — March 31, 2010
Food, Inc. – the corporate take over of American agriculture
The title of this comprehensive and extremely well made documentary summarizes its message—food is no longer, and has not been for the last eighty years, grown by small farmers passionately committed to providing fresh quality food. Most farmers today are at the mercy of corporations driven by greed, who will stop at seemingly nothing to gain control over every dollar that is made from the sale of food. The great percentage of that food, both plant and animal, is mass produced by food monopolies and factory farms, each one of whom refused to be interviewed for this documentary nor did they allow filming inside their facilities.
This thoughtfully-made film firmly and humorously exposes the rapacious industrial monolithic complexes who demonstrate shockingly inhumane relationships with those who grow our food, with the non-humans who are grown for food, the health of the human beings who eat the food, and the health of the land on which the food is grown. It is an exactingly well-documented look at the bulk of mainstream food practices that have turned America into the most overweight and one of the most unhealthy industrial nations in the world. It is a uniquely intelligent and heartbreaking wake-up call and plea to everyone to bring about changes through wise food buying and to put our dollars into organic foods that are grown with care for the land and for those who consume it. One of the farmers interviewed in this powerful documentary speaks of how he realized many years ago that to bring about the radical changes that are necessary to save our health and the Earth would require the action of a Goliath, not a David.
The scope and impact of this eye-opening film certainly strikes at the heart of the corporations that seek only for profit and show utter disregard for the sanctity of human beings, non-human beings, and the earth itself. Everyone should see this film. You’ll never look at food the same again. -The Blue Ok
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