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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
Anny
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was expecting to read the book version of the movie. It was not. This book only contains extra materials for the film (Q&A, essays, notes, links and further readings).
Becca | Life's A Pearl
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
Stephanie Froebel
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)
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. ...more
Jess
Sep 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, non-fiction
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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Dennis Littrell
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
From the front lines of the food wars

This book is a companion piece to the documentary Food Inc. It consists of 25 essays on topics ranging from agribusiness, to so-called "frankenfoods," to pesticides and hormones, to biofuels, to nutrition and global hunger. The essays are written by acknowledged experts including Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation (2006) and Michael Pollan, who wrote some of the best books I have read on food, including The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the
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Sandra
Sep 15, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: non-fiction, veg-food
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.
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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. ...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
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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Chloe Reid
Aug 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Truly eye opening to the quality of food Americans consume, the type of media used to get our attention, and the absolute power the fast food industry, large agriculture and farming industries have over the people who toil in the fields and do the dirty work. Highly recommend to any of my socially conscious friends. Check out the documentary on Netflix- for similarly thought-provoking reads surrounding diet, consumerism, and other topics, check out Fast Food Nation and The Omnivores D ...more
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. ...more
JTRyan
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
"We all assume that whatever is must be normal." (186)

Informative, but ten years in, it feels like we know most of this already. At this point, we might need an update for new stats and to see if we've made any progress as a nation.
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Amy Maddess
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I feel like this would have been more inspiring if I would have read it years ago, or if there were a new edition with updated statistics. It was good, it's just a lot of it is common knowledge so it didn't seem as mindblowing as it would have when it was first released. ...more
Tami Kendall
Mar 18, 2020 rated it liked it
I really like the documentary, so when I fell upon the book I knew it was a must buy. My only complaint is that the book isn't more of a step by step guide. I was expecting more instruction, more "do this, don't do that" kinda book. Though it does list a lot of resources for you. ...more
Katie
Apr 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most aggravating thing about this book is the lack of change in 10+ years. It feels like we're still in the same place fighting the same large corporations and billionaires who control how the food business is allowed to operate. ...more
Karen
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
A bit dated, but still inspirational and good information.
Angie
Sep 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
eye opening
Mat Cook
Aug 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
Very disappointing, a bunch of essay's (biased opinion pieces), with minimal peer review. ...more
Lizzie
May 15, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the part that talks about farm subsidies. The other parts are not so interesting mostly because I am well aware of them.
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
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