Jacket summary: "The movie Food, Inc. is shaking up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America has been hailed by Entertainment Weekly as 'more than a terrific movie -- it's an important movie.'
"Now, this unique companion book explores the challenges raised by the movie in fascinating depth through thirteen essays, most of them written especially for this book, and many by experts featured in the film. Highlights include:
- Eric Schlosser on the industrialization of our food supply
- Michael Pollan on the benefits of locally-sourced, organic eating
- Robert Kenner, director, on the making of Food, Inc.
- Marion Nestle on sorting out food facts from fictions
- Anna Lappe on how the U.S. food system promotes global warming
- Muhammad Yunus on the global impact of food industrialization
- Joel Salatin on how to declare your independence from industrial food
- Gary Hirshberg on how organic food is going mainstream
Table of Contents:
Part I: Food, Inc.: The Film
- 1. Reforming Fast Food Nation: A Conversation with Eric Schlosser
- 2. Exploring the Corporate Powers Behind the Way We Eat: The Making of Food, Inc.
- 3. Organics -- Healthy Food, and So Much More
- 4. Food, Science, and the Challenge of World Hunger -- Who Will Control the Future?
- 5. The Ethanol Scam: Burning Food to Make Motor Fuel
- 6. The Climate Crisis at the End of Our Fork
- 7. Cheap Food: Workers Pay the Price
- 8. The Financial Crisis and World Hunger
- 9. Why Bother?
- 10. Declare Your Independence
- 11. Eating Made Simple
- 12. Improving Kids' Nutrition: An Action Tool Kit for Parents and Citizens
- 13. Produce to the People: A Prescription for Health
If you're wondering whether the movie is worth it, are interested in the subject without the visuals, or have seen the movie and want to know more, read Food, Inc. It just may put you off a lot of food items for good, though.