1. If you do know a farmer, and you grew up in a town where feed lots and Tyson plants are normal, there is nothing particularly interesting in ‘Food Inc‘. I had to fight off falling asleep.
2. If you dont know a farmer, but you are not an idiot, you probably will learn a couple of things. Like, we need to treat farmers and people who work in meat processing plants better, and need to do better regarding the treatment of livestock. Like the financial industry, the food industry needs more oversight via FDA/USDA.
3. If you are a complete moron who thinks chickens magically appear on grocery store shelves overnight, and Cheerios are made by a little ol grandma in her farmhouse, you will learn SO MUCH from ‘Food Inc.’ It will BLOW YOUR MIND, MAN! People in groups 1 and 2 will become acutely aware of your stupidity and inch away slowly. Group 4 will happily take you in under their wing, though.
4. If you are a pretentious, upper-class, fart-sniffer from The Coasts, you will walk out of ‘Food Inc’ knowing how progressive and amazing you are for eating all organic. But you knew you were better than everyone else before you went to see the movie anyway.
If you gave a Foodie with ADHD a LOT of cocaine, and said, ‘Make a movie about food’, they would make ‘Food Inc’. Any topic youve heard a Foodie ranting about is in this movie. But its only 94 minutes, so they give about 5 minutes to each rant, and sometimes that 5 minutes is split up into 5, 1 minutes, scattered at random through the overall movie.
Non exhaustive list– Starts out like ‘EXPELLED’. This movie is gonna tell you all the secrets The Industry doesnt want you to know (I didnt learn anything)! Insiders arent allowed to say anything! Industry doesnt want farmers talking! Ooooh! Multinational corporations! Assembly lines! Oh the horrors!
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP IS IN BATTERIES AND CHARCOAL!
Back to chicken.
This womans child died from E. coli.
Heres an old school farmer– grass-fed cows, cage-free chickens, seems like a nice guy. Id buy his food. But he doesnt want to expand.
Stonyfield Farms is in Walmart. But they dont shop at Walmart. HAHAHA. *blink*
Chorus of ‘This land is your land’. The audience I was sitting in with sang along. **GAG**
94 minutes of bitching. No solutions. No evidence given for why anyone should buy organic or avoid GMOs, but, BUY ORGANIC AND AVOID GMOS OMFG!! Dont even attempt to explain what GMOs are, why companies patent them, just bitching. No explanation as to how the suggested food supply changes would work in the real world– Like ‘organic’ products cant turn into the same industrial machine (*GASP!*) this film is bitching about. I accidentally bought ‘organic’ fish from China once. I dont let Arnie eat food from China. Oh, but its ‘organic’, right? lol. And like ‘organic’ spinach cant be contaminated with E. coli? Stupid.
Stonyfield Farms acts ‘amazed’ Walmart wants them in their stores. Gee, why would Walmart want a product in their store that is identical to another product, but they can charge twice as much for because its got an ‘organic’ sticker on it? HMMM. (I buy Stonyfield Farms ‘organic’ greek yogurt, but thats because its the only brand at Walmart).
Just bitching about shit anyone who grew up in the Midwest already knows about. No divine revelations.
The few good points (how we treat immigrant meat packers, need more power in FDA/USDA for inspections and regulations) is absolutely drowned out by the sheer volume of foodie stupidity– Inspections are mixed in with ‘WE NEED LABELS ON GMO FUD!!’ ‘Food Inc’s scatter-shot approach to this topic makes me think any ‘good’ thing in this movie is an accident of numbers, and not due to any deliberate intelligence on the film makers part.
I had to watch it to review it here, but I dont recommend it to anyone whos not in Group 4. But theyve probably all already seen it anyway. Theyre so smart.