One of my “favorite” (I use quotes because while it is great, it’s disturbing) documentaries of late is Food Inc., and if you haven’t seen it yet your chance is coming up on April 21. PBS’s Point of View is going to air the documentary, and they want you to host a potluck dinner with your friends while you watch! “Invite your family and friends over for a healthy, delicious, affordable and sustainable meal. Then watch the Oscar-nominated Food, Inc. and discuss what we eat, how it’s produced and where we should go from here. POV has free gifts to give away , books, gift cards, sustainable food items and more , and we’ll be selecting some lucky potluck hosts and participants to receive them! Click here for more info.” This movie has changed the way I look at food production and consumption in America, and I highly recommend you check it out on April 21.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won’t go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli, the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually. We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Trust me – you DON’T want to miss this. April 21, PBS.