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Documentary on Industrial Agriculture Is “Must-see Viewing for Everyone Who Eats”
June 11, 2009, 11:06 pm
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On Friday, June 12, “Food, Inc.” the new documentary exposé of the safety hazards and corporate control of our current food system will open in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco, followed by the nationwide release on June 19th. The Center for Food Safety (CFS) provided the filmmakers with both expertise and critical information, and CFS founder and Executive Director Andrew Kimbrell urged all concerned with the food they eat to see the film.

“Food, Inc.” is must-see viewing for everyone who eats,” said the Center’s Kimbrell.  “I urge American consumers to make it a point to see this important and revealing film, which will, I hope, help to permanently change the way we all eat.”

In “Food, Inc.”, filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing unsafe and inhumane corporate practices that have been hidden from the American consumer.  The film further shows how the government’s regulatory agencies tasked with protecting our food and farmers – USDA and FDA – have instead acted complicitly with the corporations, causing the current food safety crisis.

Kimbrell and CFS have published groundbreaking books on our current unsustainable food production system, including Fatal Harvest; the Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture. “The message should be clear,” Kimbrell said, “There is not one American consumer who wants food made using industrial agricultural methods.  These practices benefit a handful of companies who profit greatly at the expense of our farmers’ way of life and the public’s health.”

As “Food, Inc.” demonstrates the corporate control of our food has given us new strain of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that cause illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually; widespread obesity, particularly among children; and an epidemic level of diabetes and heart disease among adults.  The film also describes the abusive persecutions and prosecution of farmers around the country by Monsanto as it attempts to push its genetically engineered crops.

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 FarmsJoel Salatin, “Food, Inc.” reveals surprising, and often shocking, truths about the safety of what we eat, the often horrifying way it is produced, and the corporate powers that actually control our food supply.

After the film’s June 12 premiere, the documentary will open nationwide starting June 19.

See the trailer here

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