Tagline: You'll never look at dinner the same way again.
Synopsis: The current method of raw food production is largely a response to the growth of the fast food industry since the 1950s. The production of food overall has more drastically changed since that time than the several thousand years prior. Controlled primarily by a handful of multinational corporations, the global food production business – with an emphasis on the business – has as its unwritten goals production of large quantities of food at low direct inputs (most often subsidized) resulting in enormous profits, which in turn results in greater control of the global supply of food sources within these few companies. Health and safety (of the food itself, of the animals produced themselves, of the workers on the assembly lines, and of the consumers actually eating the food) are often overlooked by the companies, and are often overlooked by government in an effort to provide cheap food regardless of these negative consequences.
Round-up: Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly praises "Food, Inc.," saying director Robert Kenner "features and builds on the muckraking testimony of Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma... ) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) to create an essential, disturbing portrait of how the food we eat in America has become a deceptively prefab, even hazardous industrial product." Many reviewers noted but did not fault the extent to which Kenner used Pollan's and Schlosser's book for most of his anecdotes. To indieWIRE's Michael Rowin, "Food, Inc." "is important in scope if not discovery." Variety's John Anderson joins the chorus of critics who insist that the film is required for everyone who eats: ""Food, Inc." is a civilized horror movie for the socially conscious, the nutritionally curious and the hungry." Robert Sietsema of the Village Voice finds the film more pessimistic than it purports to be, saying "Despite occasional episodes of spiritual uplift, the film cultivates a feeling of paranoia as it progresses, so that none of the printed nostrums flashed over the final credits ("You can change the world with every bite") can dispel the notion that we and the earth are permanently and irretrievably fucked." David Edelstein's New York Magazine review begs, "See it. Bring your kids if you have them. Bring someone else’s kids if you don’t."