Food Inc.

Filmmaker Robert Kenner

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.

Find additional resources below, including links to find your local farmer's market and community supported agriculture programs.

Books

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, with Steven L. Hopp and Camille Kingsolver

When Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. "Our highest shopping goal was to get our food from so close to home, we'd know the person who grew it."

Chew On This: Everything You Don't Want to Know About Fast Food by Eric Schlosser

In the New York Times bestseller Chew on This, Eric Schlosser and Charles Wilson un-wrap the fast-food industry to bring you a behind-the-scenes look at a business that both feeds and feeds off the young. Find out what really goes on at your favorite restaurants-and what lurks between those sesame seed buns.

Closing the Food Gap: Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty by Mark Winne

From the War on Poverty to new farmers' markets, a food expert tackles America's dangerous dietary split with a new Foreword Closing the Food Gap exposes America's dangerous dietary split: from patrons of food pantries, bodegas, and convenience stores to the more comfortable classes who increasingly seek out organic and local products.

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal by Eric Schlosser

Fast food has hastened the mauling of our landscape, widened the chasm between rich and poor, fueled an epidemic of obesity, and propelled American cultural imperialism abroad. That's a lengthy list of charges, but Eric Schlosser makes them stick with an artful mix of first-rate reportage, wry wit, and careful reasoning.

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle

An accessible and balanced account, Food Politics laid the groundwork for today's food revolution and changed the way we respond to food industry marketing practices. Now, a new introduction and concluding chapter bring us up to date on the key events in that movement.

Food, Inc.: How Industrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer - And What You Can Do About It: A Participant Guide edited by Karl Weber

The 2009 companion book to the documentary film Food Inc. The book focuses on the industrialization of food production and the negative effects on human health and the environment.

Harvest For Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall

The renowned scientist turns her attention to an incredibly important and deeply personal issue-taking a stand for a more sustainable world. In this provocative and encouraging book, Jane Goodall sounds a clarion call to Western society, urging us to take a hard look at the food we produce and consume-and showing us how easy it is to create positive change.

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food is a 2008 book that started as an essay published in the New York Times Magazine. The book also serves as a response to all the people who asked Pollan what they should eat after reading his first book, The Omnivore's Dilemma.

Slow Food Nation's Come to the Table: The Slow Food Way of Living by Alice L. Waters and edited by Katrina Heron

Where do great meals begin? Come to the Table brings you straight to the source of wonderful flavors, beauty, abundance, and pride of place the small farms of California and the people who tend them season after season.

Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System by Raj Patel

It's a perverse fact of modern life: There are more starving people in the world than ever before while there are also more people overweight. To find out how we got to this point and what we can do about it, Raj Patel launched a comprehensive investigation into the global food network.

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire.

Movies

Fast Food Nation (2006)

Inspired by author Eric Schlosser's New York Times best-seller of the same name, director Richard Linklater's ensemble drama examines the health issues and social consequences of America's love affair with fast food and features an all-star cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Ethan Hawke, Kris Kristofferson, Patricia Arquette, and Luis Guzman.

Food Matters (2008)

Foot Matters examines the current state of America's food supply, and suggests that the over-industrialization of food production is making us sicker by the moment. The film analyzes the proliferation of chemical additives in "natural" foods, looks at the relationship between the lack of nutrients in the American diet and the nation's rising health care costs, and offers tips for system detoxification. - Carly Wray, Rovi

Fresh: The Movie (2009)

FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. - www.freshthemovie.com

King Corn (2007)

Two friends with one year to spare and a deep curiosity about the American food distribution system set out to grow an acre of corn and see what becomes of their crop in director Aaron Woolf's agriculturally themed documentary.

Super Size Me (2004)

Morgan Spurlock, the director of Super Size Me, came up with a great hook for his debut as a documentary filmmaker. His experiment, to eat nothing but three McDonalds meals a day every day for 30 consecutive days, provides an entertaining and occasionally disturbing narrative thread that allows for informative and engaging tangents about American culture's disturbing trend toward obesity.

Sustainable Table: What's on Your Plate (2006)

Over nine months, Mischa Hedges and Digital Sense Productions traveled the west coast to learn more about our food system. During production, he found that the standard methods of producing food do not take environmental or human health costs into consideration. He also explored the many alternatives to the current agricultural system.

The Greenhorns (2010)

The Greenhorns' is an ode to young farmers' grit and entrepreneurial spirit, an exploration of sustainable agriculture, and an enticement to reclaim our national soil.

NPR Radio Segments

Websites

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

Learn more about Community Supported Agriculture from The United States Department of Agriculture.

Group Take Part

TakePart's coverage and information about the Food Inc. documentary.

Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

The official website dedicated to Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution.

Official Website for Food, Inc.

The official website for the Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary Feature.