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Food, Inc. lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how 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. Food, Inc. reveals surprising and often shocking truths about what we eat, how it's produced and who we have become as a nation.
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What have been the consequences for the American consumer?
Robert Kenner, Director of 'Food Inc.': Most American consumers think that we are being protected. But that is not the case. Right now the USDA does not have the authority to shut down a plant that is producing contaminated meat. The FDA and the USDA have had their inspectors cut back. And itís for these companies now to self-police, and what weíve found is, when thereís a financial interest involved, these companies would rather make the money and be sued than correct it. Self-policing has really just been a miserable failure. And I think that's been really quite harmful to the American consumer and to the American worker.
Elise Pearlstein, Producer of 'Food Inc.': The food industry has succeeded in keeping some very important information about their products hidden from consumers. Itís outrageous that genetically modified foods donít need to be labeled. Today more than 70% of processed foods in the supermarket are genetically modified and we have absolutely no way of knowing. Whatever your position, you should have the right to make informed choices, and we donít. Now the FDA is contemplating whether or not to label meat and milk from cloned cows. It seems very basic that consumers should have the right to know if theyíre eating a cloned steak.
Is it possible to feed a nation of millions without this kind of industrialized processing?
Michael Pollan, Author of 'Omnivore's Dilemma': Yes. There are alternative ways of producing food that could improve Americansí health. Quality matters as much as quantity and yield is not the measure of a healthy food system. Quantity improves a populationís health up to a point; after that, quality and diversity matters more. And itís wrong to assume that the industrialized food system is feeding everyone well or keeping the population healthy. Itís failing on both counts.
There is a section of the film that reveals how illegal immigrants are the faceless workers that help to bring food to our tables. Can you give us a profile of the average worker?
Eric Schlosser, Author of 'Fast Food Nation': The typical farm worker is a young, Latino male who does not speak English and earns about $10,000 a year. The typical meatpacking worker has a similar background but earns about twice that amount. A very large proportion of the nationís farm workers and meatpackers are illegal immigrants.
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