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USA 2009
Directed by
Robert Kenner
90 minutes
Rated PG

Reviewed by
Bernard Hemingway
3.5 stars

Food, Inc.

Although about the food industry in America, a country with a long history of oligopoly, Food, Inc.has plenty of relevance for Australian audiences as we are no doubt following in its profits-driven shadow as increasingly our primary industries dwindle and we become dependent on agricultural imports as a nation and processed food as consumers (as in America the incidence of Diabetes 2 is rapidly increasing here).

Co-produced by Eric Schlosser, author of the originary text of Richard Linklater's Fast Food Nation, Food, Inc. is ultimately the story of big business’s mad pursuit of money. Anyone who has seen Victor Schonfeld’s excellent 1981 documentary The Animals Film, of which Kenner's film is an updating of sorts, knows that this is hardly something that has happened overnight but the common message is that it is a disastrous state of affairs with huge implications for public and personal health. .

Director Robert Kenner marshals a sobering body of evidence and presents it skilfully as he portrays the dubious effect that industrial techniques have wrought on methods of food production. Anyone who sees Food, Inc. and doesn’t start taking control over their diet has their head in the sand.

DVD Extras: Descriptive sub-titles for the hearing impaired; Audio description for the vision impaired

Available from: Village Roadshow




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