Food Inc. Review

When you picture the cow that created your burger, do you imagine a beautiful farm with rolling green pastures? Cows relaxing in a giant field enjoying the lazy sun filled days? The reality of the life those cows live is a much more harsh and horrifying reality. Robert Kenner’s, the director of Food Inc., goal is to shine a light on the truths that the food industry tries so desperately to hide from the consumers. It is an academy award winning documentary that exposes the food industry on multiple levels and multiple ways without being bias.

It is a film that gets into your mind and stays with you for days and weeks after watching it. The violent and grotesque images of overgrown chickens and cows pumped with antibiotics will change the way you look at your steak. There are some very vivid images in the beginning of the film. The one that stuck with me the most was of a farmer walking through her poultry house, there are hundreds of chickens walking over one another. There are so many you can’t see the floor and it clearly isn’t the cleanest environment. The farmer walks through the house and just starts picking up dead chickens and eventually just tosses them into a pile of dirt. It’s disturbing and slightly sickening. Another part that stuck with me was a story about a woman who lost her son to a food borne illness. Her story was heart breaking and brought up a lot of questions about the process our food goes through. Not all parts of the film are so graphic. There are parts about farmers and their struggle with seed restrictions and company’s going with more organic products over the processed food that is so popular. They focus on specifically Walmart and how it has changed its food views due to consumer demands. I found this more interesting than some of the more grotesque parts of the film and would have liked to see more about other stores and companies, not just Walmart.

The computer-generated graphics are effective in their use to show facts and statics especially in the opening scenes of the film and some of the cinematography is truly beautiful and stunning which is a nice change from the other images that are not as pleasant. Although the film is difficult to watch I think it is important for people to see. The message and argument are a real crisis in our society and one that will not be going away within our lifetime. The film gets its message across in a fair and effective manner and the director makes his voice very clear. The main reason the message is so clear is because the film is broken into sections which helps the watcher focus on one part at a time and absorb what the message may be instead of trying to focus on multiple things at once.

While not everyone will enjoy watching this film I think everyone needs to watch it. Being ignorant has its benefits, sometimes, but not knowing where your food comes from or at what costs is not worth it. This film will open your eyes, it might not make you change your habits but it will at least make you think twice about where your food comes from.

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