Animal agriculture is fraught with horrible outcomes, consequentialist problems, and other downsides, yet some folks just want to clean it up (or make it less onerous), but it can't be done (yet efforts continue).
For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact.
The film tied for fourth place as best documentary at the 35th Seattle International Film Festival.
The film was nominated for best documentary in the 82nd Academy Awards but lost to The Cove.
Don't like people or going out? Then watch "Food, Inc." here:
Director Robert Kenner explores the subject from all angles, talking to authors, advocates, farmers, and CEOs, like co-producer Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), Gary Hirschberg (Stonyfield Farms), and Barbara Kowalcyk, who’s been lobbying for more rigorous standards since E. coli claimed the life of her two-year-old son.
The filmmaker takes his camera into slaughterhouses and factory farms where chickens grow too fast to walk properly, cows eat feed pumped with toxic chemicals, and illegal immigrants risk life and limb to bring these products to market at an affordable cost. If eco-docs tends to preach to the converted, Kenner presents his findings in such an engaging fashion that Food, Inc. may well reach the very viewers who could benefit from it the most: harried workers who don’t have the time or income to read every book and eat non-genetically modified produce every day.
Though he covers some of the same ground as Super Size Me andKing Korn, Food Inc. presents a broader picture of the problem, and if Kenner takes an understandably tough stance on particular politicians and corporations, he’s just as quick to praise those who are trying to be responsible – even Wal-Mart, which now carries organic products. That development may have more to do with economics than empathy, but the consumer still benefits, and every little bit counts.
On the first Wednesday at 5:00 pm, the Mission Hill Health Movement is showing 90-minute color health-related movies.
Free "healthy snacks" include:
blueberry juice, apples and tangerines, popcorn, etc.).
The location for the first Wednesday event is:
Wednesday, May 1, at 5:00 pm in
the Flynn Kitchen (Flynn Building)
at Roxbury Tenants at Harvard (RTH)
805 Huntington Avenue, Mission Hill
(across from the MEEI tall Red Brick building),
Boston, MA 02115. (on the Huntington Avenue E-Line - Green)
Shown on a large screen television.
Starting time is 5:00 pm (for food, networking, fund, socializing)
(please do NOT show up AFTER the film starts!).
Please join us once or twice (for both showings;
let us know if you'd like to arrange an additional showing)
Film Name: Food, Inc.
Film Date: 2008
Running Time: 93 minutes
IF you cannot attend the event for free food, socializing while feeding our faces, and conversation, you CAN watch the 93-minute video online for free at: