Food, Inc.

Director: Robert Kenner
Total Running Time: 94 minutes
Release Date: 2008
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In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has 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, herbicide-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 interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield’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. Kenner is currently launching FixFood, a social media platform using dynamic creativity and the power of partnerships to raise awareness and empower individuals to take meaningful action toward a more sustainable and democratic food system.

The Academy Awards – Best Documentary, Nominated
American Cinema Editors – Best Edited Documentary, Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards – Critics Choice Award, Best Doc, Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association – Best Documentary, Nominated
Directors Guild of America – Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Doc, Nominated
Gotham Awards – Best Documentary
Independent Spirit Awards – Best Documentary, Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Awards – Best Documentary, Nominated
Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards – Best Documentary
Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards – Best Documentary
Emmy Award – Best Documentary
Emmy Award – Outstanding Informational Programming – Long Form
Mountainfilm in Telluride Fetival – Food for Thought Award
RiverRun International Film Festival – Audience Award Best Documentary Feature

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