13 August 2009

Bytowne Theatre showing of Food Inc


Friday August 14, 6:55pm

Saturday August 15, 2:45pm, 8:55pm

Sunday August 16, 4:40pm

Monday August 17, 4:45pm

Tuesday August 18, 6:55pm

Wednesday August 19, 4:45pm, 9:00pm

Thursday August 20, 9:00pm

You are what you eat. It is a simple expression that bears
scary implications as you watch Food, Inc.. Director Robert
Kenner draws upon the searing reportage of authors Eric
Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s
Dilemma) to explore how modern developments in food production
pose grave risks to our health and environment.

These writers aren’t radicals or even vegetarians (Schlosser admits that his
favourite meal is a hamburger and fries), but they are
crusaders when it comes to exposing problems and naming
offenders. Food, Inc. makes their critiques vivid by taking us
into the lives of people who are fighting back. The documentary
never resorts to stunts to make its point – just solid
journalism, including hidden cameras that reveal unseemly

Food, Inc. cogently explains how unfettered
corporations exploited laws and subsidies to create shocking
monopolies. In one example, we learn how the food conglomerate
Monsanto expanded its control over soybeans from two per cent
of the American market to ninety per cent in the last dozen
years. Monsanto has the legal backing of a Supreme Court
decision, enabling them to litigate aggressively against small
farmers. The decision was written by Justice Clarence Thomas,
who happens to be a former Monsanto lawyer.

Should be an excellent documentary