RESISTANCE CINEMA Presents FOOD INC. Magnolia Pictures Participant Media and River Road Entertainment, a film by Robert Kenner, Co-Producers Eric Schlosser, Richard Pearce, Melissa Robledo, Executive Producer William Pohlad, 2009, 91 minutes
WHEN: Sunday November 15, 2009, 1:15pm
WHERE: Community Church of NY, Gallery Room, 28 East 35th st. @ Park ave.
ADMISSION: Free, donations appreciated
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has 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, herbicide-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.
The film holds back few punches in graphically detailing the abysmal treatment of the livestock that eventually reaches our dinner tables every day. These animals are not raised on friendly farms in bucolic settings, but suffer the inexorable logic of an industry which employs the cruelest methods of mechanized factory mass production.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield's Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel 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.