Saturday, February 19, 2011

30 Days of Oscar Day 23: Food, Inc.

Movie: Food, Inc.
Year: 2010
Nominations: Well, not too many documentaries get nominated for anything but Best Documentary Feature
Wins: The Cove took the award last year, and sadly this is the only one of last year's nominees I've seen so I can't compare the, but I know Tom over at Movie Review by Tom Clift loves The Cove so it probably deserved the win.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, watch Food, Inc. then you won't have to read "The Omnivore's Dilemma" or "In Defense of Food" or "Fast Food Nation" because they'll show it to you all right here.  However, if you've already read those books, there's not a lot in the movie that you don't already know.  Though, if you're interested in a really fantastic view of where your food might come from and what our government and industry is not doing to protect us, but rather themselves, check it out. 

Written and directed by Robert Kenner and based on interviews and with Michael Pollan (author of the first two books above) and Eric Schlosser ("Fast Food Nation"), and full of documentary footage on farms, with farmers, and cool graphics illustrating their point.  It's a very clever movie that does a terrific job of showing all the problems with how Americans in particular relate to food, and some of the consequences of those choices.  Basically, they're saying that as a country we've done a great job at creating incredible disincentives to get good, cheap, healthy food, and rather you can get 2 "hamburgers" for a buck, but not a head of broccoli.  They're also really careful about all the things they say and show you because they know that the powers that be can sue over what seems most like free speech.

Wonderfully made movie that should be shown in all classrooms, parenting classes, health class, and hell, even make it required viewing to renew your driver's license.  Is it biased, hell yeah, but that doesn't necessarily mean the points they make are wrong, just that there's probably much more to the story than they present. 

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