>> Monday, July 27, 2009
directed by Robert Kenner
I hesitated to write a review of Food Inc. simply because there are already so many reviews out there by journalists who are far better at writing reviews than I am. But then I thought of the family and friends who read my blog and no other green blogs and who aren't likely to be found doing Google searches for "Food Inc. reviews." What if they hadn't heard what a fantastic documentary this is? And what if no one has already told them they have to go see this film?
So I sat down to write a review and found myself faced with a problem. Is there a word that means the opposite of writer's block? In trying to write this review, I found myself so full of things to say that I couldn't organize anything into a coherent thought. All of the ideas and images from the film wanted to spill out of my brain more quickly than my typing fingers could handle, but the thoughts were disjointed and unconnected, and I quickly realized that I was giving the entire film away without doing it justice.
While writing this blog for the past year, I have read and researched and learned all about our broken food system, and I would have described myself as pretty informed. Even so, I walked away from this film knowing more than I had before. Food Inc. sums up the entire argument beautifully in 94 minutes - touching on everything from fast food to CAFOs to corn to obesity to GMOs to diabetes to abused farm workers to e-coli to so much more.
Food Inc. is everything a documentary should be. I teared up within the first fifteen minutes, felt like throwing up later in the film, and left the theatre deeply moved and inspired to continue fighting for changes in our food system.
So in the end, I've decided that the best thing I can say: Go see Food Inc.
Find the nearest theatre and go see it as soon as you possibly can. And then come back here, and let's talk about it. I know you will have plenty to say.
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