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Food Inc.

Posted Jul 01 2010 8:02pm
The American documentary Food Inc screened in the US several years ago, and has finally been released in Australia.

The documentary-style film produced by Robert Kenner was nominated for a best picture Academy Award, and covers a range of issues relating to the corporatisation of the US food industry. The film paints a very scary picture in covering issues including factory farming, foodborne illness, food labeling, genetic engineering, farm worker protection, and cloning, as well as the many social issues that impact the food we eat.

The Food Inc. official website provides more information about the issues or watch the Food Inc. preview . They offer ten simple ways to improve the food system including 
  • Go without meat once a week (an estimated 70% of all antibiotics used in the United States are given to farm animals)
  • Shop at local farmers markets if possible (these markets allow farmers to keep 80 to 90 cents of each dollar spent by the consumer) 
  • Find out where your food comes from by reading the labels (in the USA, the average meal travels 1500 miles from the farm to the dinner plate).
I can only hope that we avoid this path in Australia. Information about Food Standards in Australia is available online .

Check here for session times at your local cinema.

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