Over the past 50 years, there has been a major change in the food production industry. Unlike many years ago when people used to get their food right from the farm; fresh and purely organic, nowadays most people in America rely on processed industrial food, but do these consumers know the truth behind the processed food? In the movie documentary titled Food, Inc., which was directed by renowned director Robert Kenner, author Eric Schlosser explores the facts and secrets behind the food industry. This paper will review the video documentary by giving a brief summary of the movie; a five point discussion on the important issues it raises; a personal evaluation of the movie and lastly examples on how I can apply its ideas in my lifestyle. Like no other ordinary documentary, Food, Inc.
explores the reality behind one of the most controversial part of the human lifestyle; food. The movie starts with the author, Eric Schlosser showing some of the more than 47,000 food brands in a regular supermarket. It’s here that it is revealed that food production has changed from years ago when food was acquired from privately owned farms growing fresh produce, whereas in the current market, food is processed in industries (Food, Inc., 2008). In fact, it is revealed in the film that the American food industry is dominated by five giant corporations, who control about eighty percent of the whole industry. Among other issues, the movie talks on how fruits and vegetables are now laced with chemicals, the resulting economic impact, the health impact on consumers, and the role of the government in supervising the food industry.
In order to illustrate the facts in an exceptional way, the author discusses a number of key issues. For one, the movie expos. .th from the general public. Moreover, the movie uses clear examples to illustrate and convey its message on various key issues despite the presence of some disgusting scenes such as the clip of a messy slaughterhouse (Food, Inc., 2008).
Overall, the documentary explores a sensitive part of many people’s lifestyles. It gives people an exceptional form of insight on the health risks associated with the much hyped industrial food products. Like many other people, the information from the movie will facilitate a change in my eating habits; further causing me to buy and consume organic foods. By choosing products with less synthetic ingredients, there’s less mystery in what gets ingested. This is because whereas industrial foods are less expensive and readily available with many quantities, the health risks associated with them in the long-term are permanent and harmful.