Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I went to a screening of Food Inc tonight with my wife and a couple of my cooks from the restuarant. We were fortunate to get to watch this movie alongside the director of the film, award winning Robert Kenner, and get to ask questions and hear from him what the movie means and why he made it.
In Food Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Watch the trailer here