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ORIGINAL BROADCAST: Wednesday, 4/21 at 9:30 p.m. on CPTV
American agriculture has in many respects been the envy of the world. U.S. agribusiness consistently produces more food on less land and at cheaper cost than the farmers of any other nation. What could possibly be wrong with that? As recounted in this sweeping, shockingly informative documentary, sick animals, environmental degradation, tainted and unhealthy food and obesity, diabetes and other health issues are only the more obvious problems with a highly mechanized and centralized system that touts efficiency as the supreme value in food production. Filmmaker Robert Kenner marshals mountains of data, vérité visits to production sites and footage of meat-packing operations secretly shot by workers, plus eye-opening testimony from farmers, workers, consumers’ advocates and the few industry people willing to talk in their own defense. “Food, Inc.” also features the on- and off-screen guidance of Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) and such practitioners of organic, sustainable farming as Joel Salatin of Virginia’s Polyface Farms.