Michael Pollan e-mailed a message out about the opening of the documentary Food, Inc. Pollan wrote:
On Friday, Food Inc., a documentary I helped make, opens in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. The following week it opens more widely. I’m very proud of it and hope you get a chance to see it.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s
food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s 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, insecticide-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) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms’ Joe 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.
You can hear a National Public Radio Morning Edition interview with Pollan and Robert Kenner about the movie here.
And, on a slightly different note, a rave review of Novella Carpenter’s new book, “Farm City.” Novella is an urban farmer in Oakland (and a former student of mine) whose written a wonderful book about her experiences growing crops and animals on a vacant lot West Oakland. Be sure to check it out here.
When Regis Philbin is raving about Food Inc. on his TV show, as he did the other morning, it’s a sure sign that the conversation about the future of food and farming in America is reaching a much wider public.
These are exciting times!