Food Inc addresses western diet debate

Food Inc addresses western diet debate

The eye-opening US documentary Food, Inc. opens in the UK on Friday 12 February, with a week-long run at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh and three days at the GFT. Feature-length food documentaries carrying powerful messages have been piling up recently: End of the Line, about over-fishing, Vanishing of the Bees, about the dire threats to swathes of agriculture from the disappearance of its primary pollinators, and Pig Business, an exposé on factory farmed pork.

While they’re hardly likely to nudge Avatar out of the multiplexes, they are getting noticed by commentators, campaigners and politicians as concern about industrial food processes grows. Just as the custodians of our money nearly brought the world to bankruptcy, the evidence is mounting that the custodians of our Western diet are making us sicker, fatter and poorer. Food, Inc. arrives here as the highest-profile food documentary in the US since Super Size Me, with much of its material about the domination of what we eat by a few huge multinationals gleaned from the work of investigative journalists Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation, and Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

Soil Association Scotland is putting on a Q&A session hosted by Frieda Morrison following the screening at the Edinburgh Filmhouse at 6pm on Wed 17 Feb. Find out more on the film at

Food Inc.

  • 4 stars
  • 2008
  • US
  • 1h 34min
  • PG
  • Directed by: Robert Kenner
  • Cast: Eric Schlosser, Michael Pollan

Dismantling some cherished myths about its agrarian way of life, Kenner's persuasive Oscar-nominated documentary seeks to lift the veil surrounding the food industry in America. The broad thesis is that agriculture in America has undergone a radical transformation in recent decades – a handful of multinational…