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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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Alicia
Jan 31, 2010 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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The Hofs
Dec 07, 2009 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
Barb
Nov 30, 2009 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
Becca
Jul 02, 2014 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 02, 2015 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.
Stephanie
Apr 20, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is a book consisting of 13 essays relating to various topics on the food crisis. This being a book published in 2009, there were some inaccuracies and irrelevancies, but for the most part, it was all relatively accurate. Some essays were engaging, spectacular, and informational, while others were dry, dull, and dreadfully boring. For the bad essays and the good essays, they average at about 3 stars (hence the rating)
Jess
Sep 03, 2012 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
Jul 21, 2012 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 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 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 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 23, 2016 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.
Chris Batchelor
I really do feel that I've been procrastinating a little too much with this book. It was rather boring and not really interesting too well for me to read. I felt like I was reading a blog where the author was telling only his side of the story and wasn't describing the whole entire story at large as it applied globally. It appeared in places like he was doing research, but things just didn't seem connected to one another to make this readable. I kept putting it off throughout several years (from ...more
Myra
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the companion guide to the movie. Which I don't think I've seen.

While this is a very informative book, I would not call in engaging or even interesting a lot of the time. It's a collection of essays from various people, so the writing ranges from highly technical to very basic. A lot of ideas are repeated from one essay to the next, so that got tiring. Also, eight years later, the book already feels really dated to me. I admit to skimming many of the later chapters. If this is a subject
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Le Petit Chat
Sep 08, 2018 marked it as unfinished
I really need to start reading synopsis of the books I read. The title seemed interesting so I took this out without realizing it’s basically a book about a film. I didn’t even get past the first page, I saw the table of contents and was apprehensive, read the first few sentences of the prologue and knew I’d made a mistake and when I saw the opening line of the book was an interview question that was the last strike.
It’s not the books fault it’s mine, I judged it by its cover and nothing else an
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Sarah loves books 😻😻😻
Since this book was the accompanying guide to the movie I watched the movie as well. It was informative and eye opening, yet at times stress inducing and covered American-centric political debates. Overall a very solid, informative piece that I can recommend to anyone who wants to known more about our food (beyond our common knowledge of animal mass production).
Katie
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it
This book really resonated with me, especially since I am striving to eat an organic, healthier diet. There are many things we can do as individuals to raise awareness & to take better care of our bodies. It's just a shame that a lot of it costs more money.
Karen
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A bit dated, but still inspirational and good information.
Dana Olbrantz
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Pivotal for how I will consider my food`s moral, environmental, and personal health implications. ...more
Angie
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
eye opening
Rebecca Gimblett
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book but I found that it read more like a dull textbook than a compelling nonfiction novel. If you are looking for a more captivating novel about the food industry I suggest Fast Food Nation instead.
Brian
Nov 04, 2011 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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Stephanie
Sep 10, 2012 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 k ...more
Miri
Jun 09, 2010 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 o ...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
Dec 13, 2009 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 length ...more
Lisse
Jul 30, 2009 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 i ...more
Ashley
Dec 13, 2012 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 supply ...more
Ryan
Aug 24, 2012 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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