We Are What We Eat

food-incAmericans have become sick. Sick from the food that they eat; bad food, too much food, toxic food. We are being poisoned and bloated like the majority of the livestock and chickens that are overfed the same stuff -- corn -- and then sold to us to consume. It has become a vicious and despicable practice. And yet that's only one of the heinous crimes that Mr. Robert Kenner has exposed in his call-to-arms documentary FOOD, INC. There are many more being perpetrated on farmers and unsuspecting consumers everywhere. More to the point, our food has been hijacked by big business and we Americans need to take it back! This riveting documentary is aided by the on-camera narration of two noble journalists, Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, as they explain how we've gotten to this point of insanity. Mr. Schlosser is the author of the best selling must-read Fast Food Nation. And Mr. Pollan's latest book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto is just as significant. His mantra to "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." should be adopted by all food eaters. They offer sobering analysis and hopefully some sane solutions to a system that has spun out of control. Make no mistake, these men are not knee-jerk liberals. The food industry should be held accountable. We are all in this together. And when a woman's son dies two days after eating one E. coli-tainted hamburger, and starts her crusade against the beef company that supplied the deadly patty, one can't help but feel both empathy and outrage. Yet she continues to fight on. As we all should, regardless of the scale. Just watching the trailer below says more than this review ever will. Please take the time to view it. As my wife and I shuffled out of a private screening at the Angelika, we swore to change our shopping and diet habits immediately; only buy organic, only buy local, not cave in to fast food urges, etc. But I realized that maybe we were too late. That we had already bought into that corrupted system. That even though we live in a city where healthy food is bountiful and available 24-7, that the bigger picture looked even more daunting: How do we feed the masses when the population is on the rise and we need food to survive? The answer is simple: we educate, we evaluate, and we indoctrinate. As Mr. Kenner points out in the film, Americans took on the tobacco industry, and we can do the same with the food industry. Wake up people! Let's take back our farms and all that once made us the most healthy nation on the planet. And make this extraordinary documentary a part of that equation. It simply needs to be seen by everyone. Visit the filmmaker's website for information on how to get involved. - Dusty Wright dusty5a Mr. Wright is the former editor-in-chief of Creem and Prince's New Power Generation magazines as well as a writer of films, fiction, and music. He is also a singer/songwriter who has released 3 solo CDs, and a member of the folk-rock quartet GIANTfingers. And before all of this he was a William Morris agent.