Food, Inc.


Food, Inc.

Critics Consensus

An eye-opening expose of the modern food industry, Food, Inc. is both fascinating and terrifying, and essential viewing for any health-conscious citizen.



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In "Food, Inc.," filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's 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, insecticide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of e coli--the harmful bacteria that cause 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 Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms' Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms' Joe Salatin, "Food, Inc." reveals surprising--and often shocking truths--about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.


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Critic Reviews for Food, Inc.

All Critics (113) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (107) | Rotten (6)

  • This is the kind of muckraking we should see more often.

    Nov 18, 2011 | Rating: 3/5
  • This solidly constructed documentary aims to do for food production what An Inconvenient Truth did for global warming.

    Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Concerned with entertainment value as well as clarity and punch, he uses lots of colourful graphics, and moves quickly from one aspect of his subject to another.

    May 21, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
    The Age (Australia)
    Top Critic
  • Overused narration treats the audience like the cattle being abused on screen; a continuous score rams the message home, just in case we missed the point...

    Feb 12, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Smart, gripping, and untainted by the influence of Michael Moore.

    Aug 20, 2009 | Full Review…
  • After you see what IBP is doing to cattle, what Tyson is doing to chickens, what farmers are doing to us and what Monsanto is doing to farmers in the new documentary Food, Inc., you may never eat again.

    Jul 8, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Food, Inc.

  • May 27, 2015
    We are what we eat, and this is an informative documentary that exposes some disturbing - yet not exactly unknown - truths about the food industry in the USA and shows how vital it is for people to start consuming natural/organic products in order to live healthy lives.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2012
    In this documentary on the american food industry, you get an inside view at where your food comes from. Seeing what Monsanto does to the farmers, what IBP is doing to the cattle, and what Tyson is doing to the chickens, you may never eat again. I know most people would just say that they can't live without their meat, and it doesn't bother them where it comes from, or what's in it. Being a vegetarian, this film opened my eyes to the prospect that even my organic produce may be full of harmful chemicals. Some of my classmates went vegetarian for life after seeing this disturbing, deeply affecting documentary. It's an important one to see. Watch it!
    Raymond W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 20, 2012
    I had avoided watching Food, Inc. for quite some time. It's very rare for me to completely avoid watching a film, and there is always a very good reason behind it. Before watching it, I was satisfied with being ignorant about where my food really comes from because I knew I would not like the answer. I was absolutely right. Seeing a "farmer" pick up dozens of dead chicken carcasses and then transport them away echoes the Holocaust but for animals. Seeing a chicken out of breath due to rapid body growth is horribly sad and heart breaking. When they said you would never look at your food the same way again, they were right. One of my favorite all time foods is Perdue's chicken nuggets, and I will never be able to eat them the same way again. Food, Inc. is an incredibly alarming, disturbing, interesting and necessary viewing for anyone that questions the source of their food.
    Kevin M Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2012
    Food, Inc. is overly cautionary and doesn't contain as many groundbreakings truths as it's been made out to. Luckily, it's chock full of interesting facts, and it's helped along by sharp direction and an informative script.
    Isaac H Super Reviewer

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