Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Food, Inc.

Has anyone seen this movie?

33 comments:

Niecey said...

I haven't yet, but I am looking forward to seeing it.

Laura said...

yes, i've seen it...and it is awesome. i think it will appeal to an even wider audience than movies like "supersize me." it will make anyone want to eat more consciously!

kelli said...

i saw a pre-screening a few months ago. have you seen it?

Stacy said...

I saw it! I loved it and I posted a review on my blog.

Don Dom Ants and Mars said...

Yes, and it's amazing. Responsibly and well done; packed with great information. I saw this at the MPLS Film Fest and loved it. A lot of information I already knew and a lot of new info; it's a MUST SEE for anyone interested in where their food really comes from and how it gets there.

Tracie said...

It opens on June 26th by me, so I'll be going to see it then. From people who have seen it though, I heard it was really interesting.

nora said...

my uncle who works at a theater sent me an advance copy! i'm watching it tonight! will report back :)

in2insight said...

Awesome. Now, if only middle America would go see this film...

Ian said...

I did see the movie. It's a good reminder about how crazy the food industry is, and not just for meat eaters. Much of the information is rehashed from Omnivore's Dilemma and probably Fast Food Nation.

katharine said...

Yes. I saw a pre-premier screening here in Toronto on Monday. It is really very good. There are some places I thought it could have been a little more comprehensive but there are always minor things that could be changed.

Our screening was followed by a panel discussion with members of the food security community in Ontario and the CEO of Stoneyfield (known for their yogurt). He is of the mind, we learn from the movie, that idealism will get us nowhere and because of this he proudly markets his products through Wal-Mart and the likes. He talks about the market sway of Wal-Mart and bringing organics to the masses and the destruction of the environment brought on by factory farming and the institutionalization of food but as I listened to him, both in the movie and in the flesh, all I could think is 'this is a guy who's built his empire on single serve plastic cups of yogurt'.

In the movie you do however get the chance to meet some real loudmouths who are getting out and getting loud about animal rights and the horrors that are the result of the industrialization of our food supply.

All said, great movie, too bad most people won't see it.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I saw it at the Seattle International Film Fest. a few weeks ago. It makes you never want to support any of those companies mentioned in the film. It was pretty insightful.

operaticomnivore said...

Join the live Twitter chat with Food Inc. director Robert Kenner on Friday (6/19) at 10am PST http://bit.ly/ktgch

And find a screening near you: http://bit.ly/aVqLR

kelli said...

hope everyone has a chance to see it.

love how the film exposes the chemical giant monsanto (that likes to pose as an agricultural company) and its government ties.

i haven't eaten soy products since i've seen the film unless it is labeled organic or "made from non-gmo seeds". i try to avoid companies affiliated with monsanto. (just google monsanto - the truth is there for anyone to see) i also try to support local farms as much as possible and have even started growing my own food.

just say no to monsanto and genetically-modified food! power to the conscious consumers! =)

TJ said...

It's not showing anywhere close to me :(

kelli said...

don't be sad, TJ. i'm sure you'll be able to watch it online soon. =)

operaticomnivore said...

If you don't see a screening near you on the list, here are some things we can do to help get the film to your area:

If you have a local theater, please tell the theater manager about the movie and that you and your community are interested in seeing it. Then email feedback@takepart.com and we will pass on your request to the film’s distributor.

Food, Inc will be available on DVD in September and at that time, we can help organize a screening in your area.

Éphémère said...

"Fast-food nation" is very very very interesting too.

Quiltbug said...

I haven't seen it yet but would love to. I heard it will be out on video in the fall so may wait for that and then I can invite friends over to see it.

Anonymous said...

Yes, well worth the time to watch it, though it's probably preaching to the choir a bit. The only problem with it is that it doesn't provide enough for the audience to DO about the food systems in the US.

Romina (La Cucina Vegan) said...

It is a very informative film. I agree with Kelli regarding avoiding genetically modified soybeans-I have been trying to avoid buying them since I saw the movie. Monsanto is quite a disturbing company. I thought I was a fairly well informed vegan that shopped responsibly but after seeing this, there is so much more I can be doing!

Carolyn said...

From the mouths of parents...

It is time to ask, why has it taken us so long to be able to show this kind of documentary? Be prepared for some serious backlash. Be prepared for an all out dismissal from the entrenched commercial interests and the regulatory bodies that enable them. Be prepared for warfare.

But also be prepared for the small openings into people's mindsets that will occur- little by little, conversation by conversation, we will start to talk about this. And we will start to question. And if we really want it badly enough, we will start to be the change we indignantly demand (oh please God let it be so...)

Johanna said...

National Public Radio is even all over this one. I haven't seen it yet. I still have the King Corn sitting on my recorded cue. I mean how much more bad news do we need? I'm sure that it will be great nonetheless.

rekeyed said...

another interesting movie free and streaming...

http://www.hulu.com/watch/67878/the-future-of-food

dreaminitvegan said...

I've never seen or heard about it. I will have to look out for it.

Rob said...

Nope..never even heard of it...doesn't suprise me though, I live in Texas, it probably got burried somewhere. :(

trktos said...

i've seen a trailer or two online and i was all psyched to see it ... then i read that they don't even mention 'vegetarianism'. not once. so, i don't think i'll be supporting them with my ticket dollars. i mean, i don't expect the entire movie to be about veg*n diets, but, certainly it deserved a mention? otherwise it seems like it's more of the same - talk about change while ignoring the elephant in the room.

related, though, you can watch the movie Home, online ... www.youtube.com/homeproject - beautiful and thorough.

Scott, The Active Daddy said...

I haven't seen it yet, but really want to. I'll probably catch it on YouTube.

operaticomnivore said...

Please put your money where your mouth is (so to speak), and go see it in the theater! If you don't see it listed near you, tell the theater's manager: http://bit.ly/aVqLR

Veg-in-Training said...

I read the book a couple of years ago. I'd love to see the movie. Monsanto is an evil giant, but they are not the only one in the game...DOW is also one of the ones pedaling GMO's but they don't get as much press as Monsanto.

SallyT said...

I saw it with my kids this weekend. It just started playing at the "art" theater in Houston, TX. There reallly wasn't a lot of new information in there but I find it's a good thing to remind ourselves about the dangers of modern agriculture. It's sort of like "The Jungle" in documenting the lives ruined by modern agricultural processes but not as overwhelming.

grace for all creatures said...

So this isn't a veg friendly movie? I wasn't sure if it was at all encouraged straying from consuming animal products or if it was just about straying from big companies.

kelli said...

the movie doesn't mention switching to an organic, plant-based diet, but it sure does make you want to!

the film does a nice job exposing the inhumane conditions and the terrifying slaughter of the innocent animals. there is a part that shows chickens being killed and it sounds like the poor things are yelping "OW!" (i can still hear it - so heartbreaking!)

so while the movie doesn't say "go veg", it does lead you on the path to make that decision for yourself.

i highly recommend it!

Jodi said...

Just found you and your blog today, so I'm a little late to the game on this post. But I will say that my last roommate planted the seed (she is vegan), but that movie is the reason I'm on your site right now. I eat vegan once a week currently and I'm considering going vegetarian during the week. I still haven't eaten at McDonald's since we saw the film(wow, was that since June?). The restaurant habit is hard to kick though, so that's once a week. That movie along with What Would Jesus Buy are the 2 that really caused a shift in my thinking as far as questioning where our "stuff" (products and food) comes from.