If you've read Fast Food Nation or The Omnivore's Dilemma, Food Inc. won't cover any new ground for you.It's a well-crafted doc, though, and I filled up with rage all over again at the way fast food has become a class issue (and then in turn an epidemic of diabetes for low-income families who can't afford fresh produce), and at the lack of protections for small business when it comes to bully lawsuits.
I haven't read the reviews for this one; maybe someone would like to let me know if it's gotten criticized for taking a particular position and not remaining "objective."If Michael Moore made the same documentary and had the same chyrons at the end, he'd get roasted, as he always seems to do, but most documentaries take a position of some kind; when it comes to Moore's work, though, it seems like he's expected to hew to some standard of documentary objectivity that doesn't exist in the first place.Not trying to start an argument over Moore himself, but I watch a lot of documentaries, and it's something I've had on my mind of late.
I'd also like to take the opportunity to recommend Michael Pollan's earlier book which isn't as well-known: The Botany of Desire.It's a very cool cultural overview of four plants that changed the world (I believe he covers apples, tulips, pot, and potatoes) that lends perspective to our current cultural "issues" with food and food production.
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