Saturday, July 25, 2009

Food Inc.: Hungry Memphis Review

Posted By on Sat, Jul 25, 2009 at 9:59 AM

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As I was watching Food Inc., I found myself thinking of the “Wonder Twins” from the Super Friends show from the late-’70s.

Here’s my Food Inc. version: journalists/twins Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan bump fists. Wonder Twins power activate! Form of, declares Schlosser, an appetite killer! Pollan takes his turn: Form of, a dose of lecturing!

That’s not a slight against this documentary, which covers how big agricultural companies are making the U.S. population poor, fat, and sick, while they get richer. I think everybody should be forced to watch it. If it makes one person re-think a visit to one of the fast-food joints or propel someone to finally make to one of the area’s farmers markets, then all the better.

But … but, I suspect that the mostly likely audience for this film is already well aware of its alarming details and have read the works of its main voices: Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation and Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

The most entertaining parts of Food Inc. follow those who are fighting the system: the mother whose 2-year-old son died of e coli after eating a hamburger and is now trying to get a law passed for tighter USDA reporting, and those farmers who refuse to follow Big Ag rules.

Read the Flyer's review here.

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