On Monday, I wrote about a documentary that will air on HBO on March 16 called,
"Death on a Factory Farm." While I'm deeply concerned about this documentary, there is a high-budget documentary that will be in theaters this June that I'm a little more wary of. It's called Food, Inc., and it will be released on June 12, 2009. Directed by Robert Kenner, this documentary shows the "evils" of food production. Guest appearances that you might recognize are controversial "food gurus" Eric Schlosser, author of
Fast Food Nation and
Chew on This, and Michael Pollan, author of
Omnivore's Dilemma and
In Defense of Food. Although other movies like this have been a flop, this film will certainly make waves in a time where consumers have heightened concerns about the foods they eat. What will they think about beef production after this film? More importantly, what are we going to do about it? Here is what supporter
Serious Eats has to say about this documentary...
The buzz at the Toronto Film Festival was all about food. The new documentary, "Food Inc.," premiered at the festival to rave reviews. Entertainment Weekly called it "an important movie, one that nourishes your knowledge of how the world works," the Los Angeles Times labeled it "a riveting cautionary tale," and Variety says it's "a civilized horror movie for the socially conscious, the nutritionally curious and the hungry."
The documentary from the producers of an "Inconvenient Truth," is all about the "highly mechanized underbelly" of the nation’s food industry. It includes graphic footage of poultry sheds and meat packing plants (some of it shot in secret) and appearances by familiar foodie faces Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan.
I have included the trailer for you to view. Take a few minutes to watch it. If it doesn't scare you, I don't know what will. Leave your comments; I'm ready for a heated discussion on this one!