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Books: Food, Inc.

March 31, 2010 | Advertising,Books,Economics,Education,Ethics,Family,Food,Health,Journalism,MSM,Politics,PR,Research,Safety,School,U.S. government

I just finished reading Food, Inc.: How Industrial Food is Making us Sicker, Fatter and Poorer — And What You Can Do About it, edited by Karl Weber and compiled as a companion piece to the movie, which I also just watched. I actually watched the movie (by Robert Kenner) first, not realizing that was the correct order of things.

I’ve read Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation, watched King Corn: You Are What You Eat, a documentary by Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, and read quite a bit on food, the food industry in the United States and food safety (or lack of it). Food, Inc., gathers much of the information out there and puts it all in one place.

In any case, if you eat, you might be interested in this book and film. The film was done first. The book contains information from people who weren’t in the film. Schlosser says the film and the book are not just about food. They’re also about threats to the First Amendment and the corrupting influence of centralized power.

Contributors include (listed in order they appear in the book)

I think the information provided by this book and film is very important, though not half as fun as reading Barbara Kingsolver’s take on food issues in her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, which I’m reading now. In fact, her book was written before Food, Inc., and I wondered, hey, did they read Kingsolver? Because if they didn’t, they should. But sure enough. She was listed in the “to learn more” section at the end of the book.

Posted by Becky @ 6:00 am  

3 Responses to “Books: Food, Inc.”

  1. magpie Says:

    I’ve read a lot of these, though I haven’t seen the movies. I remember walking through a grocery store with my husband, after we’d both read Fast Food Nation. He was waxing vitriolic about the meat…

  2. Becky Says:

    Ya know? I interpreted for someone who went through new-employee orientation at a meat-packing plant, and I fainted. That was 20 years ago. I wonder if I could make it through today.

  3. Amy Says:

    Recently there was a documentary shown here in Norway about school lunches in America…I wasn’t here to see it but Stig saw it and was telling me about it. I’ve seen other documentaries on the same subject..I think what you learn watching these things is too much information can sometimes be a bad thing…sometimes it’s better not to know what you think you want to know…ya know? hehehe…

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