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At a Theater Near You: Food, Inc.

Food Inc. Movie PosterMore and more people are questioning where their food comes from all the time, especially in light of the recent increase of recent food-borne illnesses from E. Coli and other bacteria.  In addition, obesity and secondary health problems are on the rise.  Given all of the media attention on food, the release of a new documentary called Food, Inc. seems incredibly timely.  The movie, produced by Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser (of Fast Food Nation), has been in the works for about six years and includes interviews and information on food regulations.

The movie posits that profit is the highest priority of the food industry – above and beyond consumers’ health or farmers’ needs.  The movie features experts such as food author Michael Pollan and Gary Hirshbirg, founder of Stonyfield Farm, producer of organic yogurts and other foods.  After discussing the problems today, the movie is to discuss the future of food.  The movie opens in limited release on June 12 and has further showings around the country starting on June 19 – show times are available on the Food, Inc. website

I’m eager to see the film to learn more about the food industry and to hear the possible solutions.  Supposedly, the movie also delves into the horrors of processed foods – I agree that whole foods are better, but feel most things are fine in moderation – I’m curious to see if the film changes my mind.