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UC to Hold Free Screening of Food Documentary

By Amanda Harper
Published May 2009

How much do we really know about the food we buy at our local supermarkets and serve to our families?

 

In the documentary film, “Food, Inc.,” filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on the nation’s food industry, exposing what producers 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 environmental health department’s Center for Environ-mental Genetics will host a screening of the documentary—which featured UC doctoral student Barb Kowalcyk, who lost her son to an e.coli infection—at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in the Medical Sciences Building Kresge Audito-rium. UC faculty, staff, students and affiliates are invited to attend.

 

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 the environment.

The film reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced and where we are going from here.

 

Admission is free and on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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