by Randy Hartnell
Earlier this week, Oprah Winfrey featured our friend, author Michael Pollan, and the must-see film Food, Inc. (in which he appears) on her TV show.
Ms. Winfrey also announced that Amazon.com has agreed to sell the DVD for only $9.99—about half price—through Friday, January 29… a discount offer includes a free instant video download.
Anyone who cares about where their food comes from should consider adding this DVD to their library. Click here to take advantage of Amazon.com’s offer of a discount ’Food, Inc.’ DVD and free digital download.
Michael Pollan is the UC Berkeley journalism professor who’s penned several eminently readable and extremely compelling bestsellers about America’s counterproductive patterns of producing, purchasing, and eating food… works that also point the way toward better choices.
These include The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and most recently, Food Rules: An Eater's Manual.
The Oprah Show’s Web site presents the episode—“Food 101 with Michael Pollan”—as a slide show with text, and also offers a Food 101 Quiz.
About Food, Inc.
This critically acclaimed film was co-produced by director Robert Kenner and best-selling investigative journalist Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation.
Here’s how the filmmakers describe Food, Inc.:
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA.
Our nation's food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment.
We have bigger-breasted chickens, the perfect pork chop, herbicide-resistant soybean seeds, even tomatoes that won't go bad, but we also have new strains of E. coli—the harmful bacteria that causes illness for an estimated 73,000 Americans annually.
We are riddled with widespread obesity, particularly among children, and an epidemic level of diabetes among adults.
Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm’s Gary Hirshberg and Polyface Farms' Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals surprising—and often shocking—truths about what we eat, how it's produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.