“Food, Inc.” filmmaker Robert Kenner’s critique of the nation’s highly mechanized food system will be screened this Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Smith Opera House.
The film is part of the theatre’s “Hot Docs” series, which has proven to be a success in recent years. On Saturday, the film will be followed by a discussion session led by Professor of History Susanne McNally, who teaches a course on the History of the World Food System at HWS. There will also be food sampling by local producers to emphasize the importance of eating locally. McNally emphasized the importance of this event as a means to education the public about the modern global food system, “which causes problems in human health, in the environment, increasing human suffering and political instability.”
In “Food, Inc.” Kenner and investigative author, Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) lift the veil on America’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been deliberately hidden from consumers with the consent of our government and regulatory agencies, the USDA and FDA. The nation’s food supply is currently controlled by a handful of large corporations that are said to put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers, and of the environment.
According to Eric Schlosser, author of “Fast Food Nation,” “You look at the labels and you see farmer this, farmer that. It’s really just three or four companies that are controlling the meat. We’ve never had food companies this big and this powerful in our history.”
“Food, Inc.” highlights the lack of oversight required for the food industry and how the political system can operate at the expense of the American consumer. Kenner emphasizes the dangers of a food system controlled by powerful corporations.
The voices of “Food, Inc.” are food experts, farmers, businessmen, government representatives, and food advocates whose stories demonstrate the level of humanity and commitment it takes to fight the corporations that control America’s food system.
The film will also be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 27; and at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 28 and Tuesday, Sept. 29. Tickets are $5.