Saw an illuminating film recently called Food Inc about the way our food is handled and processed.  

This is a difficult movie to watch as it paints such an unflattering portrait of basically everything we eat, whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or a meat eater.  I believe this is an important movie for everyone to see, as it really does make you question so many things.  For me, I especially came away with questions about the first amendment as it applies to something called Veggie Libel Laws. 

While the movie does a great job of stating the horrors of modern day food production, I would have liked to have seen more on what positive proactive measures we can take as individuals, as communities and as society in general.

The summary of the movie from


In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s 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 Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joe Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising — and often shocking truths — about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here. (Magnolia Pictures)

There are also some great reviews on:

Be sure to check this movie out.