Saturday, February 20, 2010
Food, Inc: A Review
A culture that just uses a pig as a pile of protoplasmic inanimate structure, to be manipulated by whatever creative design the human can foist on that critter, will probably view individuals within its community, and other cultures in the community of nations, with the same type of disdain and disrespect and controlling type mentalities.
Joel Salatin, farmer
An apocalyptic event is literally an "unveiling," one in which the participant sees reality for what it is. Food, Inc is an American apocalyse. The interconnecting web of nutrition, animal treatment, working conditions, international trade, creation care and the lack of government regulation that allows the entire food industry to be grossly perverted is creatively and clearly exposed for the viewing audience. It is a 91 minute training table for inspirational activism. Not only do we have the personal responsibility to vote for socially conscious companies with our money, but we have the power to push and prod our political leaders to change the entire system of how we produce and consume food in the United States.
Those of us blessed to live in the suburbs and have jobs in this horrendous economy must take the responsibility to do something. Those on the underbelly of our society have no choice but to buy what they can afford. And what they can afford is cheap fast food made mostly of subsidized corn product. Caught in the web are cattle and chickens who live short, painful lives getting fat off, you got it, corn, while standing knee-deep in their own shit. These same corporations recruit illegal immigrants to come work late hours in unsanitary conditions for very little pay until the same companies throw them under the bus to the INS.
Michael Pollan (Food Rules) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) contribute greatly to the horrificly typical American farm scenes, but farmer Joel Salatin steals the show as a sort of nostalgic model for what we all should strive to get back to. Salatin's animals feed on grass and roam freely as he philosophizes about the state of food and humanity in our country today. You'll be entertained...and transformed by this film.