03 July 2009

Foodie Friday: Food Inc., the Movie

"If we squander the ecological capital of the soil, the capital on paper won't much matter." Wes Jackson, President of the Land Institute.

Food Inc., the Movie
By Janet Gilles / The Rag Blog / July 3, 2009

Don’t miss the latest incarnation of the company that brought us agent orange. They knew at the time that it was damaging the troops and the villagers in Viet Nam, we all knew. Now they have moved on to control of the food supply. Only a few corporations control almost all the food, where once we had tens of thousands. The few “farmers” left are in debt to the corporations and dare not speak up, and Monsanto leads the pack, taking ownership of the seeds themselves.

If we knew how the food was made, we wouldn’t eat it, and Monsanto goes to a lot of trouble to see that no cameras are allowed in the concentration camps where the animals and their illegal humans are kept, in striking contrast to the pictures of farmhouses and barns and meadows the industry wants us to believe still exist.

It started innocently enough, with government subsidy of corn, and now if you eat beef, chicken, pork, or fish, you are still just eating corn, the incredible cheap feed paid for by the taxpayer. The animals, not intended for corn, are sick, but antibiotics still work enough to keep it going.

We are however, on a precipice.

Twenty thousand years of agriculture transformed in fifty years.

You vote three times a day.

A surprisingly powerful film, with Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan both telling us how it is.

Here are the Austin show times:

Alamo Drafthouse at the Ritz 4:15, 6:45
Arbor Cinema @ Great Hills 1:00, 3:10, 5:30, 7:40, 9:55

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