Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It
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Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer-And What You Can Do About It

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Food, Inc. is guaranteed to shake up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “more than a terrific movie—it’s an important movie.” Aided by expert commentators such as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film poses questions such as: Where has my food come from,...more
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Published (first published February 17th 2009)
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Sally
Mar 23, 2010 Sally marked it as to-read-library-has
I love Joel Salatin!! (I opened to his chapter first.) I want to quote everything he says.

"Perhaps the most empowering concept in any paradigm-challenging movement is simply opting out. The opt-out strategy can humble the mightiest forces because it declares to one and all, 'You do not control me.'"

"Just because well-educated, credentialed experts say something does not make it true. History abounds with expert opinion that turned out to be dead wrong."

"Ulitmately, food safety is a personal mat...more
Leslie
I have to confess, we watched the movie! I could not find a way to link the movie but I do feel like everyone should see this!! We watched with the older children and they found it worthwhile as well. It is a compliment to the "Wal Mart Effect" and "Fruitless Fall". It makes us ask ourselves what is the point of a successful business? Money or product? Is it possible to achieve in both areas? Most of the information about the general benefits of eating well we already knew but to see the fruits...more
Alicia
I thought this book would be all about the big bad food lobby. How a few companies are running everything. And while that is true (and scary) this book really surprised me with its diverseness.

The best part of this book was that it had real practical solutions to problems. At the end of most chapters it had a little section called "what can you do?" and it had bulleted suggestions if you wanted to get more involved or change your actions.

I also like that they didn't push being vegetarian or ve...more
Barb
Disclaimer...I perused but didn't read the book, a collection of essays by people who are involved or who have investigated the food industry. However, I watched the documentary based on the book. Yes, we know fast food is bad and organic is best, but after watching the movie, I may never be able to eat again, period. The impact on our health, weight, economy, immigration policy and life style is huge and disturbing. For me it begs the question - can we mass produce to make things affordable and...more
Rebecca
I haven't seen the documentary that lead to this book, but now I'd like to check it out. Food, Inc. was lent to me by my best friend. It has opened my mind to a world of issues and knowledge that I never realized existed. There is an astounding amount of information in this book. I loved the set up of each chapter, featuring one food issue and "another take" article at the end. I'm happy to be informed and grateful for the large amount of resources listed at the end of the book and within certai...more
Nicole
I picked up the book at my local library after hearing all the disgustingly interesting comments from my peers on how the movie changed their daily diet. I would have much rather watch the movie, but they didn’t have that available in my library.

Regardless, the book was very informative. I had trouble understanding some content because of my lack of knowledge on the food industry, but the range of the topics in the book were wide enough for me to comprehend 2/3 of it easily.

What I loved about t...more
Sathish Sekar
May 14, 2013 Sathish Sekar rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want to eat healthier
As touted on the cover, this book is a great companion to the acclaimed documentary: Food Inc.. Most of the essays either complement or expand upon subjects addressed in the film. Topics like farm worker abuse and excessive corn production (for ethanol) are explored in the depth that these sensitive issues deserve. Joel Salatin's essay can only be described as 'compelling'. His down to earth wisdom is an inspiration to the reader. His call to simply "opt out" of the industrial food system is so...more
Tyler Coon
This book as well as the documentary has to be one of my all time favorites as you can tell by my 5-star rating. I have watched the documentary 3 time and decided that it would be an even better idea to read the actual book, and I was right. This book is gripping, it makes you and angry and sad at the same time. Not many people know about our food, and our food is what keeps us alive. it's so informational and compelling. the entire time while reading this book your thinking, "I need to do somet...more
Stephanie
I really wanted to like this book, especially since I am obsessed with the documentary. The documentary was really well put together, and, although horrifying, leaves you with a feeling of hope. This book gave me none of the same feelings. The first section was interesting and I actually found myself enjoying it. But then I began the second part, and everything went downhill from there. Because this is not written by one author, a lot of facts were repeated, which is fine, because they did not k...more
Ryan
Food Inc. was a pretty interesting film, contesting corporate food and condemning certain atrocities. More over, the film tried to navigate the film from all sides, and refrained from all together denouncing big business. It wasn't exactly balanced, but it did offer a glimpse into the more positive sides of Wal-Mart.

Food Inc. the text was supplemental to the film and offered up a lot of recycled (pun intended) ideas. Also, these essays seemed to be much more emotionally charged, which allowed th...more
Jess
I've been hearing about this book/movie for a long time and I finally found the time to read it and also watch the movie. It was just amazing. It really brought to people's attentions the problems with industrial food. And it's not just about fast food and the obviously unhealthy effects on people.

There were some issues that I never even thought about. I've read books on the subject of what meat production (factory farms) have done to the environment and also on animal cruelty. So I eventually s...more
Michael
Food, Inc. is a written version of the film bearing the same name. This is my fourth or fifth book about our national (and international) food system, and quite frankly, they have all given me indigestion. I don't know where to begin. Let's start here: Americans are, increasingly, fat and sick. We are fat and sick for two main reasons: a lack of exercise, and the food that we eat. If the majority of people in this country had any idea just what it was that they were eating, we'd be a nation of b...more
Brian
I confess the library wanted the book back before I was actually done with it and I haven't bothered to get it back. Fortunately this will not stop me from thinking thoughts on it.

It was interesting, though one should definitely be aware coming in that unless you are in the industry you will be buried under a load of statistics and figures that you will be unable to keep track of unless you are taking notes, which I considered, but on considering I found that I just wasn't quite that committed....more
Miri
I didn't expect to like this book, but I did. It made some great points and, for the most part, presented facts in a straightforward, unbiased way. However, I did get tired of all the anti-scientific propaganda against genetic engineering. Yes, it is a fledgling technology, and yes, like many other things, corporations are trying to take advantage of it. THAT should be stopped, but the technology itself can be extremely valuable.

Another thing that irked me about the book was a piece called "Decl...more
tiffany
i just watched this dvd and i think every single person should watch it. it is well documented, incredibly informative and gives us knowledge that as responsible consumers we have zero reason to remain uninformed. if you plan to continue eating and putting your money toward products then regardless of what your decisions are (i.e. what you continue to eat, purchase, support, etc.) you will be doing it with intent and knowledge of what you are supporting. this documentary has gone to great length...more
Ashley
A very powerful book about the dangers of industrial food and its effect on our health, our economy, and our planet. The book is a compilation of essays written by prominent names in science, journalism, health, and the non-profit sector. Long before I read this book I considered myself to be extremely environmental, or "eco-friendly", and in tune with the benefits of organic foods versus conventional foods, but this book has completely opened my eyes to many different aspects of our food supply...more
Lisse
This book started out really well for me. I have been trying to learn a lot more about the food I eat, where it comes from, how safe it is and who is really benefiting and hurting from my food choices, so this was a great book for me to pick up b/c it covers EVERYTHING. Which is also why I didn't rank it higher. About 3/4 of the way through the book it became a little overwhelming and there were some topics I wasn't that interested in. A normal reader might skip over those chapters, but I felt i...more
Melissa Massello
"The book that spawned a revolutionary documentary (and a little easier to stomach than the video footage), Food Inc. will change the way you shop for groceries and order at restaurants forever — saving your health, bottom line and waistline in the process."

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Ms. C
This book is an anthology of articles and essays on the topic of food production in the U.S. It is a companion book to the recent documentary of the same name.

I didn't tear through this book like I did with The Omnivore's Dilemma*, but I liked it just as much. As an anthology, it didn't have the "story" element of a single author, but that did make it easier to skip around and explore the book as I wished. It also was more in-depth than Omnivore, especially in covering the details of biotechnolo...more
Stephanie
*I am writing this review for the book. In fact, I have never seen the movie of the same name.*

I found the book to be very interesting. It is amazing how much goes on with food behind the scenes that most people never need to acknowledge. I also liked the practical suggestions to make changes to our family's diet that can help farmers, animals, and climate change. Weber and the other essayists do an excellent job of bringing the reader into the realities of the food industry.

This would have been...more
Clint
I will be honest I saw the documentary a couple years back and I loved it. I am not that sure what took so long for me to FINALLY pick up this book.

This book is an anthology of articles and essays on the topic of food production in the U.S. It is a companion book to the recent documentary of the same name.

I really liked this book, if you want to learn about the food that US food industry is feeds us this is great starting point. I goes into the backgrounds of so many industries. It shows how la...more
Snem
I liked that I wasn't beaten over the head with health information. I liked the solutions that were offered, but I found it very disorganized and hard to follow. Probably because it was a collection of essays. I read this in lieu of the movie because I thought the visuals would be too much for me to watch, but that might have helped my comprehension a little better. Maybe watch the movie and skip the book? Not sure.
Erin Stuhlsatz
This book took me SO LONG TO READ. This is surprising, because the entire time I thought it was interesting and absorbing.

The book is divided into 13 chapters in 3 sections, supposedly accompanying the movie. Since I didn't see the movie, I missed out on that connection, but I do think food is interesting, so there.

The most interesting parts (for me) were the sections on food and global warming, food and genetic engineering, and food and the workers. They made me feel, respectively, scared, con...more
Lauren
This was a remarkable book and resource on food politics, but it took me literally months to make my way through it. It is incredibly dense and often depressing in the way it picks a part our current food growth and distribution system. I found myself constantly putting it down after reading a chapter or two - I needed to absorb what I'd read, but also temper it with something lighter. I watched the DVD of the same name the other night and found the inspiration to finish the book - there is some...more
Rebecca
After you watch the movie (which you should!) and you want more details, this is a good source. Each chapter is written by a different "expert" so it covers a lot of stuff. The saddest part to me was the chapter about migrant field workers in California. They have no rights, and some still die from heat exhaustion because they aren't allowed to take breaks. Makes me look at the 99 cent boxes of strawberries you see at the grocery store in a whole new light, when I think of the poor person who ha...more
Chris
After watching the movie by the same name a few years ago (February 2012), I felt the need to delve deeper into the subject and picked up the book by the same name. I wasn't originally thrilled by the movie, but wanted to find out if the book was any better. But boy was I wrong. The book is much the same as the bad angle the movie went into. Yes, it posed factual pieces, but it was written in an angle that I felt not too thrilled by. I mean, economists would understand the pieces expressed here...more
Mrs W
Jan 20, 2013 Mrs W rated it 3 of 5 stars
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The documentary film Food Inc. brought attention to the power wielded by the food industry, especially the big business food industry. The companion book to the movie explains in 13 essays the various challenges made in the movie. Various viewpoints are included, but the book is strongly aimed toward the same goals as the movie, which are to challenge the deceptive practices of the highly lucrative food industry and reveal issues surrounding animal welfare, genetically modified plants, immigrati...more
Rebekah
In some ways it felt a bit alarmist . . . "experts" in the field writing essays about the crises threatening their field or the importance of their field. I do believe that we need better food regulations, and I try to feed my family as organic, "clean," safe, and unprocessed as we can afford, but this just wasn't the book I was looking for. I recommend "Fast Food Nation" and then picking up "Food Inc." for the very last section. You'll get the "corporate agribusiness is bad, small farmers are g...more
Ryan
a 5 because this is a wake up call for most. I've been aware of this and been reading labels for a decade. If you're not you had better if you care about your health. If you don't know what the ingredient is or it looks like some weird science word you can't pronounce, don't eat it. Corn Syrup and soy and fake sugar are in a ton of stuff and they're no good, most corn and soy are GMO'd out to the max and are in almost everything. You can't even buy gum today that doesn't have lab made sugar. GMO...more
Tony
Not much new content if you've read Fast Food Nation or Omnivore's Dilemma, and the essays could be more concise.
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