On Tuesday, August 9th, we will have a great opportunity to spark some conversations with friends, family, and community members about food and our relationship to it in our modern culture.
The Oscar-nominated documentary Food, Inc. will be rebroadcast on PBS, and due to the pervasiveness of TV in our lives, the opportunity is as easy as asking some of your community members to watch it together and to then discuss the issues amongst themselves.
Here’s the trailer:
“In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our 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.”
If you’re interested, there will also be a live chat with the filmmaker, Robert Kenner, on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at 2 pm ET. Leave your questions on this page, and they may be answered during the chat: Food, Inc. Live Chat
And for even more food goodness, POV is giving away copies of Food Rules by Michael Pollan and Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Leave your comments here before August 15th to enter: Tell Us What You Think of ‘Food, Inc.’ for a Chance to Win Prizes