How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on the nation's food industry, exposing what they call the “highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.”
The UC Department of Environmental Health's Center for Environmental Genetics will host a one-time screening of the new documentary Food, Inc. on Thursday, May 21, 2009. Admission is free and given on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are invited to participate in a panel discussion afterward about issues raised in the movie.
Filmmakers say the 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 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' Joel 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.
The UC environmental health department’s Center for Environmental Genetics will host a free screening of the documentary – which features doctoral student and environmental advocate Barb Kowalcyk, who lost her son to an e.coli infection. The movie debuts is select locations nationwide this summer.