Join the Boston Sunday Night Film Club this Sunday, Apr 26th at 5pm for Food, Inc. at the Brattle Theatre . Look for Sean wearing a nametag in the theatre lobby about 15 minutes before the film. As always, after the film we will descend on a local establishment for dinner/drinks/discussion.
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The unspoken mantra of consumer culture may as well be Â“Bigger, better, faster, more!Â” The American business sector never stops innovating when it comes to meeting customer demandÂ–Â–but just how many Â“innovatorsÂ” have gotten to our food before we do?
Fruits, vegetables, and livestock still carry connotations of a farmer waking up with the roosterÂ’s crow to raise fresh, organic life in the fresh, organic air. The pastoral image masks an intensely mechanized, capitalistic system that is as hell-bent on efficiency, revenue, and competitive advantage as any other industry. The nationÂ’s largest food production and distribution companies have amassed enough influence over the years to control every single stage in the lifespan of our purportedly wholesome ingredientsÂ–Â–and their wallets may be too big for our stomachs.
Director Robert Kenner connects with Fast Food Nation author Eric Schlosser and a host of expertsÂ–Â–farmers, professors, corporate leaders, politicians, and advocatesÂ–Â–to trace just some of the innumerable effects of commercial food production. He casts a wide net, examining everything from chemical applications to the treatment of animals; from sanitation practices to workersÂ’ rights; from disease epidemics to legal battles. At the core of the study is a call to viewers to demand the details of what they put in their mouths. Needless to say, FOOD, INC. will give you plenty of food for thought.
– Sandra L. Frey