About the Film
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.
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.
Meet the Filmmakers
Featured in the Film
Author, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
Food Safety Advocate
Owner/Farmer of Polyface Farms
Founder of Stonyfield Farm
Buy the Book
Food, Inc.: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It
This unique companion book explores the challenges raised by the movie in fascinating depth through 13 essays, most of them written especially for this book, and many by experts featured in the film.
- Eric Schlosser on the industrialization of our food supply
- Michael Pollan on the benefits of locally – sourced, organic eating
- Robert Kenner on the making of Food, Inc.
- Anna Lappé on how the U.S. food system promotes global warming
- Muhammad Yunus on the global impact of food industrialization
- Joel Salatin on how to declare your independence from industrial food
- Gary Hirshberg on how industrial food is going mainstream
If daily headlines about food poisoning, pollution, labor abuse, and rampant hunger have left you worried or confused about the foods you eat, Food, Inc. provides the facts behind the problems—and shows what you can do to make a difference.
Karl Weber is a writer and editor based in New York. He collaborated with Muhammad Yunus on his bestsellerCreating a World Without Poverty, edited The Best of I. F. Stone, and, with Andrew W. Savitz, co-authored The Triple Bottom Line: How Today’s Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social, and Environmental Success—And How You Can Too.
A Place At The Table
Fifty million people in the U.S.—one in four children—don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine the issue of hunger in America through the lens of three people struggling with food insecurity.
Fast Food Nation
Don Henderson (Greg Kinnear)-a marketing executive at Mickey’s Fast Food Restaurant chain, home of “The Big One”-has a problem. Contaminated meat is getting into the frozen patties of the company’s best-selling burger. To find out why, he’ll have to take a journey to the dark side of the All-American meal.
Learn more about Fast Food Nation
Career and technical education encourages kids to graduate from high school and offers an alternative path to traditional post-secondary education. The Social Action Campaign for Pressure Cooker is designed to raise awareness and support for career and technical education programs, through initiatives with The Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE); and the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), whose work served as inspiration for the film.