Rainer's Review of Food, Inc.
About as polemic as the documentaries of Michael Moore, not particularly well-made and telling me a truth I already knew, Food Inc. doesn't do much for me than just reconvincing me what I'm already believing in.
Also, I can't pity American farmers or society too much - it's a homegrown problem of the US and I really hope Europe can further prevent that the US practices get over the pond (well, they are here as well but not in such magnitude).
The power of the multi-national food processing companies comes from a simple capitalistic equation - not enough money to fund the FDA - leave regulation standards to corporate business managers - there are no regulations at all - well, what a surprise! (this one just as an example - the film tells various similar stories)
Too much trust in free markets, capitalism, self-regulation and efficiency has made the US and its people sick (and obese), and that all comes from the distorted mindset that is spread in this country. Corporate America is brainwashing the regular Americans to believe in a perverted version of individualism and freedom which leads only to the survival of the fittest under the law of the jungle (and the fittest are industry conglomerates with thousands of lawyers and lobbyists).
The ambiguity of American values is always astounding.
1) Government involvement is bad but when it comes to subsidizing corn to flood the world market and secure economical and political power and to meet the demands of the huge industry conglomerates that poison the population with their unhealthy food, it's kinda ok.
2) Mexican immigrants are pure evil, but as long as they're processing meat under inhuman working conditions, federal agencies look away.
3) Free market and competition is the solution to all problems, yet all industries which are unregulated, become monopoly/oligopoly-ruled (e.g. Monsanto)
I could go on, but I guess you get the idea.
Everything Food, Inc. is about is merely a problem of production quantities (meaning, trying to provide enough food to feed the ever-growing population on our planet) but one of greed and moral responsibility.
As Joel Salatino (the brilliant head of Polyface farm) put it, if you leave the important decisions to the executive managers some thousands miles away from the fields you won't get any ecologically or ethically wholesome decisions.
My two cents, about a film which is merely worth watching for its aesthetics but at least gave me the opportunity to write this political rant.