Scary ‘Food’ for thought
Documentary looks at industry practices. What goes on in corporate operations may outrage viewers.
By Meridith Ford Goldman
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Did you go to the supermarket Wednesday or today? Did you buy carrots? Corn? What about strawberries? Or meat?
Did you know that the bite of grilled steak you’ll enjoy tonight has the power to change a corn farmer’s life in Iowa? A pork industry employee’s work conditions in North Carolina?
Did you know that it has the power to change everyone’s life?
After seeing “Food, Inc.,” a compelling new documentary scheduled to open Friday at Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema, you’ll know. The film, from director Robert Kenner, takes a hard and alarming look at what’s for dinner, and serves a plate of reality some Americans will find hard to stomach.
The 90-minute film’s tagline is “You’ll never look at dinner the same way again,” and you won’t.
I’ve been writing about food for close to 15 years and this film scared the heck out of me. It angered me. It made me sad. And it inspired me.
The PG-rated film offers provocative interviews from foodie phenoms, including Michael Pollan (who wrote the new foodie bible, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”) and Eric Schlosser (who wrote “Fast Food Nation”). There are also moving retellings from food advocate and mom Barbara Kowalcyk, whose son Kevin died 12 days after eating a hamburger contaminated with E. coli 0157:H7 in 2001. (A strain of the deadly bacteria that, according to Pollan in the film, was accidentally engineered by our industrialized food system and Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations and the tainted conditions these huge operations employ.) Read More
The title of this article is very appropriate. The makes of this film are out to scare the public about our food supply. This is proven by the fact that Michael Pollan claims e. coli was created as a result of production methods. If that was true, how does he explain the fact that wildlife also carry this bug in their digestive tracts? The fact of the matter is that if you properly handle and cook your meat, you will not have to worry about food poisoning. But I guess that story doesn’t make for an exciting movie does it?