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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
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Leslie
Dec 07, 2009 Leslie rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 01, 2010 Alicia rated it really liked it
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
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Barb
Nov 30, 2009 Barb rated it liked it
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
Jul 08, 2014 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
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
KarmA1966
Jul 18, 2015 KarmA1966 rated it really liked it
This book will change how you think about food. It's not a book about or for vegetarians though it might make you pause about eating meat--if not for ethical reasons than for your own safety and health. The book investigates the atrocious conditions that animals and workers (many undocumented) suffer at the hands of the corporate titans who control the Agri-food industry. Highly recommended.
Jess
Sep 03, 2012 Jess rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, 2012
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
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Sathish Sekar
May 14, 2013 Sathish Sekar rated it really liked it  ·  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
Nicole
Jan 27, 2011 Nicole rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010-11-read
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
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Sandra
Sep 15, 2014 Sandra marked it as to-read
Shelves: non-fiction
This isn't a replica of the documentary (which I did watch), but actually a bunch of essays. Some from people who were in the documentary, some not. Initially I was worried the movie would be preachy, but I thought they did a good job of covering all sides of the topic. Really, it's the big business/government side of it that is so disturbing. I liked the comparison to the tobacco company and how they seemed to big to fight, because this does at times feel like we're fighting a losing battle. Go ...more
Sandie
Nov 30, 2014 Sandie rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
I actually only saw the movie; did not read the book. But the movie was excellent a 'must see'. Interview with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Michal Pollan (Omnivore's Dilemna) played a major 'role'.

Was quite good.
Darnell
May 29, 2016 Darnell rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
It's nice that they collected a group of authors without enforcing agreement between them. As such, however, the essays are a bit of a mixed bag. I also feel like someone with more knowledge on the subject would have found it very basic overall; this is meant as an introductory text.
Renja
Oct 13, 2016 Renja rated it it was amazing
I saw the movie.
Brian
Jan 04, 2012 Brian rated it it was ok
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.
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Samuel Price
Sep 28, 2016 Samuel Price rated it really liked it
Great resource, using for research.
Stephanie
Dec 28, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
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 ...more
Miri
Jun 11, 2010 Miri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Suzanne
This book provides a deeper understanding of its opposition to many of today's food industry methods than the film. Each chapter is an independent composition contributing to the bigger picture. That makes for choppy reading in that the chapters do not flow from one to the next but I didn't find that to be a problem. Of course I found some of these chapters more interesting than others; my favorites were: Chapter 3 "Organics -- Healthy Food and So Much More" written by Gary Hirschberg (founder ...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
tiffany
Jan 17, 2010 tiffany rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Lisse
Aug 21, 2009 Lisse rated it liked it
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 ...more
Ashley
Jan 17, 2013 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Ryan
Sep 06, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
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
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Ms. C
Mar 19, 2010 Ms. C rated it really liked it
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
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Clint
Jun 27, 2013 Clint rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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
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Stephanie
Dec 03, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: cooking-food
*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
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Karol.holden
Jun 08, 2015 Karol.holden rated it liked it
3.5 stars, to be more accurate. The message of this book is one that I'm especially receptive to, so I was a friendly audience for most of its preachy activism. There is a great deal of useful information, and if you're really interested in finding out what you as a consumer can do to eat more locally and humanely, avoid industrialized food, promote fair trade, and reduce your carbon footprint then this book makes a great starting place. There were certain topics, however, where I wanted the ...more
Tyler Coon
May 21, 2014 Tyler Coon rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Erin Stuhlsatz
Mar 04, 2015 Erin Stuhlsatz rated it really liked it
Shelves: food, nonfiction
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
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Lauren
Jan 14, 2010 Lauren rated it really liked it
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
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