Throughout the film, Food Inc., Robert Kenner explores first hand where our food comes from and the disturbing practices among the American Food Industry. To farms, and slaughterhouses with disturbing conditions, the truth is revealed. Amazingly, three or four companies alone control the meat industry, with the biggest buyer being McDonalds. I mean, who would think a simple hamburger was made from not one cow, but a thousand? As for those beloved chicken nuggets from Tyson? Be prepared for the harsh truth where the quantity of food is more important than the quality. From farm animals to fruits and vegetables, farmers to CEO’s and the consequences of the food industry producing over 200% of what we need; this films goes into depth on the effects of the demand for convenience and low cost food. Throughout you become aware corporations that put money and profit before consumer health and safety.
The argument of this film is that we are deliberately left unaware and the pace of industrial production is unsustainable, inhuman, unsafe environmentally and economically. However, if I could sum up Food Inc. In one word it would be horror. Why would I consider this film a horror? While a documentary’s purpose is to inform the audience and leave awareness, this film instead heavily relies on shocking and scaring the audience about their food to convey their information. In addition, while the movie is filmed poorly, the film has more graphic images of blood, and guts than a horror film. The serious context and graphic of the film is enough to make you feel sick at times.
Overall, this film does fulfill it’s purpose in spreading awareness and holds your unwavering attention till you cannot stand to watch no more as do most horrifying things tend. However, I have several serious issues with the film, while this film is effective very little changed within the food industry after the release of this film. In question, I wonder why this film was not enough to change the minds of consumers long term? The issues are emphasized, but I also feel there is not enough content on how to resolve this issue touched in the film. Furthermore, because it is heart wrenching to watch it makes it hard to watch let alone eat meat for a period of time.
If I could sum up Food Inc. In one word it would be horror. While Food Inc. Is a documentary of the shocking practices among the American Food industry, why would I consider this film a horror? While a documentary’s purpose is to inform the audience and leave awareness this film instead heavily relies on the shocking and scaring the audience about their food. In addition, while the movie is filmed poorly, the film has more blood, guts, and heavy tone than a horror film.
In answer to why I think this film has been ineffective, even if it does make a person rethink what they consume, I realized many prefer too be ignorant rather than worry about everything they eat. The film, in reality was way too shocking to be taken seriously. Very few people can last a week being scared of everything they eat. For children who watch this film in heath class, by the end they are likely more traumatized than actually aware and as a result they become vegetarians for a week.
In conclusion, Everyone who watches is in shock, but its not long before our minds kick in to shove the film out of your mind so you can eat that hamburger without feeling sick at the thought of one. While everyday I become more increasingly aware of the issues among our food industry, I found this film to be the least informative, but it was enough to motivate me to think about the food I consumed everyday by effecting how I feel- the feelings remain, but the details of ones memory fades. I will continue wish for a day where the life of a baby chick is not worth less than a penny, but as a life and a living being deserving of respect and a good life.