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Food, Inc. is guaranteed to shake up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “more than a terrific movie—it’s an important movie.” Aided by expert commentators such as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film poses questions such as: Where has my food come from,Food, Inc. is guaranteed to shake up our perceptions of what we eat. This powerful documentary deconstructing the corporate food industry in America was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “more than a terrific movie—it’s an important movie.” Aided by expert commentators such as Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser, the film poses questions such as: Where has my food come from, and who has processed it? What are the giant agribusinesses and what stake do they have in maintaining the status quo of food production and consumption? How can I feed my family healthy foods affordably?Expanding on the film’s themes, the book Food, Inc. will answer those questions through a series of challenging essays by leading experts and thinkers. This book will encourage those inspired by the film to learn more about the issues, and act to change the world....

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  • Leslie
    2018-11-26 17:11

    I have to confess, we watched the movie! I could not find a way to link the movie but I do feel like everyone should see this!! We watched with the older children and they found it worthwhile as well. It is a compliment to the "Wal Mart Effect" and "Fruitless Fall". It makes us ask ourselves what is the point of a successful business? Money or product? Is it possible to achieve in both areas? Most of the information about the general benefits of eating well we already knew but to see the fruits (?) of cheap food, subsidized crops etc and where that leads the health of our country is eye opening. I am ready to don my overalls and raise chickens! We are fortunate in that we have our raw milk and eggs delivered weekly and buy a grass fed cow to butcher. But the chickens, not sure if I can eat perdue or tysons ever again. . .

  • Alicia
    2018-12-15 13:05

    I thought this book would be all about the big bad food lobby. How a few companies are running everything. And while that is true (and scary) this book really surprised me with its diverseness. The best part of this book was that it had real practical solutions to problems. At the end of most chapters it had a little section called "what can you do?" and it had bulleted suggestions if you wanted to get more involved or change your actions. I also like that they didn't push being vegetarian or vegan. They instead said that you should look for local, fresh produce and meats. You should meet the farmers who raise the food and ask them a few questions. They even give you the questions to ask!Also, I enjoyed that the authors advocated cooking. He made a GREAT point about how we spend millions of dollars renovating kitchens and then eat 25% of our meals in our car! I mean, I personally know SEVERAL people with huge renovated kitchens that have no idea how to dice a tomato. The author says, "people these days don't know that chickens actually have bones! You need to do your own cooking"Finally, I like how varied the themes were. They talked about farming in California, pesticides, ethanol fuels for cars, World hunger, planting gardens, etc. It was a very diverse range of topics and with a different author writing about different ideas, the book didn't really get stale. And it didn't feel like they were slamming their ideas down your throat.This book made me want to plant a garden, visit my farmer's market here in Provo and start canning my own veggies. I mean, I know how to do those things, so I need to start doing them. Teach MY daughter how to can, passing it on to the next generation.Really a good book, not gruesome (with details of how animals are killed) nor pushy in it's rhetoric. Just your basic information. Take it or leave it.

  • Barb
    2018-11-24 18:58

    Disclaimer...I perused but didn't read the book, a collection of essays by people who are involved or who have investigated the food industry. However, I watched the documentary based on the book. Yes, we know fast food is bad and organic is best, but after watching the movie, I may never be able to eat again, period. The impact on our health, weight, economy, immigration policy and life style is huge and disturbing. For me it begs the question - can we mass produce to make things affordable and thereby float everyone's boat or does it just depreciate quality and make us all poorer in the end? Is the question always about quality vs. quantity? And who gets the quality if all can't get the quantity? Philosophers may weight in... :)

  • Rebecca
    2018-11-28 18:52

    I haven't seen the documentary that lead to this book, but now I'd like to check it out. Food, Inc. was lent to me by my best friend. It has opened my mind to a world of issues and knowledge that I never realized existed. There is an astounding amount of information in this book. I loved the set up of each chapter, featuring one food issue and "another take" article at the end. I'm happy to be informed and grateful for the large amount of resources listed at the end of the book and within certain articles. They give you a start for ways to get involved and start making a difference, as well as places to continue your research. Learning how the food industry has changed in only the last 30 years reminded me of all the ways society has changed in the last 50 years (going back to Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking and how modern society deals with death). Those of us growing up in this era just assume it is normal. I had never really given much thought to industrial food so I was shocked to see how the system affects the entire world and issues of climate change. Also if I hadn't already made the decision to become vegetarian, I certainly would have after reading this book. There isn't an agenda here though. Lots of great facts and questions are offered for those looking to still eat meat raised in humane and safe conditions. It has inspired me to purchase local cage free eggs, organic dairy products (assuming I don't go vegan) and locally grown produce. You can make the biggest difference by choosing how to spend your food money.If you found this review helpful, please check out my blog - www.beccaswainfromauburn.wordpress.com. I try to review at least one fiction and one nonfiction book each week!

  • KarmA1966
    2018-11-18 19:10

    This book will change how you think about food. It's not a book about or for vegetarians though it might make you pause about eating meat--if not for ethical reasons than for your own safety and health. The book investigates the atrocious conditions that animals and workers (many undocumented) suffer at the hands of the corporate titans who control the Agri-food industry. Highly recommended.

  • Jess
    2018-12-11 19:56

    I've been hearing about this book/movie for a long time and I finally found the time to read it and also watch the movie. It was just amazing. It really brought to people's attentions the problems with industrial food. And it's not just about fast food and the obviously unhealthy effects on people.There were some issues that I never even thought about. I've read books on the subject of what meat production (factory farms) have done to the environment and also on animal cruelty. So I eventually stopped eating meat. But this book pointed out to me that the issues are far greater than animal cruelty and pollution of the environment. There's the issues of worker's rights, illegal immigrants and how they are working in dangerous conditions. Then there's the farmers who are forced to grow the same crops of corn and wheat because of government subsidies. Other crops cannot be grown because there is no room and the government will not provide money for growing those crops. There was also the issue of hormones being used on the animals that are fed to people. And how lack of standards by the FDA and USADA are resulting in more outbreaks of bacteria. The issues just go on and on.But what I found most enlightening about this book was that it spoke to how a regular individual (like me) could do my part in helping. Since I do eat veggies a lot, one thing I could do was ensure that the products I'm buying are locally grown. This means shopping at local farmer's markets or going to the small section in the grocery store for local and organically grown food. Yes this might mean more money in the short term, but it saves everyone money in the long run. More money now means less money spent in the future on health care. If you enjoy books by Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser then this book will be more enjoyable because it takes their ideas one step further. I highly recommend it!

  • Sathish Sekar
    2018-12-02 20:06

    As touted on the cover, this book is a great companion to the acclaimed documentary: Food Inc.. Most of the essays either complement or expand upon subjects addressed in the film. Topics like farm worker abuse and excessive corn production (for ethanol) are explored in the depth that these sensitive issues deserve. Joel Salatin's essay can only be described as 'compelling'. His down to earth wisdom is an inspiration to the reader. His call to simply "opt out" of the industrial food system is so refreshingly simple that it begets most of us. Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan provide astute expertise just as they did in the film.One criticism I have is that there are some essays that seem to focus on the whole climate change/global warming belief as opposed to the industrial food system. This tends to distract from the central focus of the book. Whether or not global warming (or climate change or whatever they call it now) is real is not within the scope of this review. But for those who do not prescribe to this view the essays in this book are clearly slanted to the affirmative. Besides that one annoyance, the essays in this book are very interesting. Your previous perception of modern food will definitely challenged. The movie does a better job of exposing people to this information for the first time. Nevertheless, this book will change your outlook on food, health, and even our modern industrial system.

  • Nicole
    2018-11-28 16:03

    I picked up the book at my local library after hearing all the disgustingly interesting comments from my peers on how the movie changed their daily diet. I would have much rather watch the movie, but they didn’t have that available in my library. Regardless, the book was very informative. I had trouble understanding some content because of my lack of knowledge on the food industry, but the range of the topics in the book were wide enough for me to comprehend 2/3 of it easily.What I loved about the book is the “What Can You Do?” at the end of each chapter. It gave me some helpful suggestions on how I can help to make things better. I learned so much from this reading and even though it was a little bit dull, like reading a history textbook, it was educational. However, I feel like I’m more of a visual person, so maybe I should watch the movie as well. That might clear up some confusions I had with the book. If you’re looking for something educational and not just for some guilty pleasure, try this book!

  • Sandra
    2018-11-21 16:17

    This isn't a replica of the documentary (which I did watch), but actually a bunch of essays. Some from people who were in the documentary, some not. Initially I was worried the movie would be preachy, but I thought they did a good job of covering all sides of the topic. Really, it's the big business/government side of it that is so disturbing. I liked the comparison to the tobacco company and how they seemed to big to fight, because this does at times feel like we're fighting a losing battle. Good info, I'll check the book out at some point.

  • Sandie
    2018-11-21 19:00

    I actually only saw the movie; did not read the book. But the movie was excellent a 'must see'. Interview with Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms. Michal Pollan (Omnivore's Dilemna) played a major 'role'.Was quite good.

  • Darnell
    2018-11-27 14:10

    It's nice that they collected a group of authors without enforcing agreement between them. As such, however, the essays are a bit of a mixed bag. I also feel like someone with more knowledge on the subject would have found it very basic overall; this is meant as an introductory text.

  • Chris
    2018-11-17 17:51

    I really do feel that I've been procrastinating a little too much with this book. It was rather boring and not really interesting too well for me to read. I felt like I was reading a blog where the author was telling only his side of the story and wasn't describing the whole entire story at large as it applied globally. It appeared in places like he was doing research, but things just didn't seem connected to one another to make this readable. I kept putting it off throughout several years (from 2014 to 2017) and finally picked it up to read in August 2017 - it took me about a week and I whipped through it in a flash.Watch out on the Kindle edition. I kept getting false positive information as the amount completed (%) was being shown to me. At several points, I'd get a certain percentage on the book page that didn't correspond to the % of completion on the bookshelves page, but to make matters worse yet, since I have my Goodreads account connected, when I tried to share the % it displayed yet a third different % completion - and I didn't flip the page between these differences. When I finished the book (at the chapter that was represented by a Works-Cited-like set of pages), the book read 82% complete on the book page, yet the front page of books said I was 54% of the way through the book - when I almost tried to share it, it told me that I was 80% through the book. So, yeah, take whatever number you want, but use that same number of percent when sharing, or, since this book contains page numbers in the book, use the page numbers when sharing your completion status through this book.

  • Myra
    2018-11-24 18:15

    This is the companion guide to the movie. Which I don't think I've seen.While this is a very informative book, I would not call in engaging or even interesting a lot of the time. It's a collection of essays from various people, so the writing ranges from highly technical to very basic. A lot of ideas are repeated from one essay to the next, so that got tiring. Also, eight years later, the book already feels really dated to me. I admit to skimming many of the later chapters. If this is a subject that is totally new to you, there is a lot of good substance in here. If you are already familiar with a lot of the issues, there will be little new information.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-29 11:51

    Since this book was the accompanying guide to the movie I watched the movie as well. It was informative and eye opening, yet at times stress inducing and covered American-centric political debates. Overall a very solid, informative piece that I can recommend to anyone who wants to known more about our food (beyond our common knowledge of animal mass production).

  • Katie
    2018-11-20 15:21

    This book really resonated with me, especially since I am striving to eat an organic, healthier diet. There are many things we can do as individuals to raise awareness & to take better care of our bodies. It's just a shame that a lot of it costs more money.

  • Karen
    2018-11-20 17:10

    A bit dated, but still inspirational and good information.

  • Rebecca Gimblett
    2018-12-11 16:07

    I really wanted to like this book but I found that it read more like a dull textbook than a compelling nonfiction novel. If you are looking for a more captivating novel about the food industry I suggest Fast Food Nation instead.

  • Brian
    2018-11-17 17:03

    I confess the library wanted the book back before I was actually done with it and I haven't bothered to get it back. Fortunately this will not stop me from thinking thoughts on it.It was interesting, though one should definitely be aware coming in that unless you are in the industry you will be buried under a load of statistics and figures that you will be unable to keep track of unless you are taking notes, which I considered, but on considering I found that I just wasn't quite that committed. This decision resulted in a lot of just nodding along to whatever point they happened to be trying to make. This book gets quite technical.This technicality might not have been so bad if it was presented by a single author who was good with imagery and explaining things and could teach me to swim with the basics before throwing me into the deep end. This is not how the book was written however. The book is in essence a collection of other writers.This has the virtue of covering a lot of ground, from the problems with the energy costs of importing all our food from distant places to what questions to ask a farmer to make sure that the meat (the book covers beef, poultry, and pork) you are buying direct from them doesn't have any weird chemicals or antibiotics, but each author being an expert in their field talks to you as an expert would quickly moving from basic terms to the minutiae of their field before you have any real sense of what they are talking about. As such the book is somewhat schizophrenic.An additional problem with this format is I never end up completely trusting the person I am reading. I don't have any time to get to know them. Of course some of them seem pretty hardcore about this food stuff. Granted I know this is important but I am not about to start raising chickens in my house as one author advocates. I am sure it would be all kinds of good for a whole lot of things but as a single man interested in relations with the opposite sex raising chickens is just not a happening thing."Hey baby, lets go back to my place. We'll muck out the chicken coop and then make hot romance. Alternatively we could go back to your place but we'll have to finish quickly so I can get back in time to feed my egg laying hens."If you are super into the food issue then you will likely enjoy this book, you also probably have the background to better interpret all the figures they throw at you. If you are not super into the whole food issue but you saw the film and being bookish thought: 'well that was interesting, I'll read the book too.' I would tell respond that you are better off leaving it at the movie. Though I would encourage you to continue looking into the food issue I would recommend something a bit less intense to start off with. What that I might be I don't know, have to ask someone else who has done more reading in that field than I.

  • Stephanie
    2018-12-08 17:19

    I really wanted to like this book, especially since I am obsessed with the documentary. The documentary was really well put together, and, although horrifying, leaves you with a feeling of hope. This book gave me none of the same feelings. The first section was interesting and I actually found myself enjoying it. But then I began the second part, and everything went downhill from there. Because this is not written by one author, a lot of facts were repeated, which is fine, because they did not know what another person had written. However, when it is pages of the same facts said in different ways, it gets a bit annoying. What really got me, however, was the absolute stupidity in the "Improving Kids' Nutrition: An Action Tool Kit for Parents". I was actually really excited about this one, since it is such a big topic. What I got, however, was a bunch of repeated "whole fat milk is filled with 'artery clogging saturated fats'" blah blah blah. Once, that's fine, but really? I think it was over 20 times. It was a bit much. The snacks that they say to give kids actually included fruit cups in syrup. This syrup, if we can even consider it to be a healthy option is probably GMO ladened corn syrup, which, if anything, our kids need less of. And how about instead of just creating mandates where we take products kids enjoy out of schools, we actually educate about what is in our food. Everyone hears "Don't drink soda" but there is no education behind it. Kids don't do blanket statements well. They like information and are completely able to make good choices if they know what they actually are. Only through education will people be able to make better choices. Parents are doing their best to give their kids healthy foods, and big food companies are doing their best to make profits. By not empowering parents on how to make healthy choices, we are just left in this big cycle of giving unhealthy products to our kids and then being shocked at our declining health rates. And, for the record, just because something has 'low sodium' or 'low fat' on the front of the package does not make it healthy. A lot of times it just has added chemicals to suit whatever the current health fad is. I was really excited for this one. Definitely a not recommend.

  • Miri
    2018-11-22 16:59

    I didn't expect to like this book, but I did. It made some great points and, for the most part, presented facts in a straightforward, unbiased way. However, I did get tired of all the anti-scientific propaganda against genetic engineering. Yes, it is a fledgling technology, and yes, like many other things, corporations are trying to take advantage of it. THAT should be stopped, but the technology itself can be extremely valuable.Another thing that irked me about the book was a piece called "Declare Your Independence," by a farmer named Joel Salatin. The premise is very good--we should take steps to reduce our dependency on industrial food--but MAN, his writing drove me nuts. I had to struggle through passages like this: "By contrast, today's industrial food system views pigs are merely inanimate piles of protoplasmic molecular structure to be manipulated with whatever cleverness the egocentric human mind can conceive. A society that views its plants and animals from that manipulative, egocentric, mechanistic mindset will soon come to view its citizens in the same way."Now, you know, I read this book because I wanted to be more informed. That doesn't mean I need terribly written demagoguery like this shoved in my face. I couldn't keep reading the essay after that, though it had some good points.Of course, the same essay also argued in favor of raw (that is, unpasteurized) milk, because it seemed to oppose everything that's new and modern regardless of what it actually IS. Some new and modern things, like harmful pesticides and industrial farming in general, are terrible. But other new and modern things (like, yes, pasteurized milk) are extremely useful. Countless people died before pasteurization was developed. Opposing this practice is like opposing modern medicine in favor of bloodletting. Stupid.But I'm trying not to let that one essay color my opinion of the rest of the book. It was a great book. I wish it cited the factual claims it made, but I guess I'll just research them myself.

  • Suzanne
    2018-12-01 17:52

    This book provides a deeper understanding of its opposition to many of today's food industry methods than the film. Each chapter is an independent composition contributing to the bigger picture. That makes for choppy reading in that the chapters do not flow from one to the next but I didn't find that to be a problem. Of course I found some of these chapters more interesting than others; my favorites were: Chapter 3 "Organics -- Healthy Food and So Much More" written by Gary Hirschberg (founder of Stonyfield yogurt) because it influenced me to choose more organic products, Chapter 5 "The Ethanol Scam" because I learned that putting e85 fuel in my car may not be the "good deed" I thought it was, and Chapter 10 "Declare your Independence" by Joel Salatin because, although many of his ideas are radical, some make so much sense to me and are in alignment with how I think. I admit that I completely dozed off on "Improving Kids' Nutrition" and may not need "Ten Steps to Starting a Community Garden". I do feel that there is a little too much guilt served as a side dish with this book, we humans are selfish, polluting, cheap-energy demanders destroying the planet; and too much ridiculousness expected of us (for example, if we are to worry that filling our gas tank could have fed one person for a year, do the publishers think about the fuel used to fulfill orders for this book worldwide?) I appreciate the ideas in this book as helpful to initiate changes and improvements, but I'm glad I've finished it. I've had enough and can't wait to return it to the library.

  • Michael
    2018-12-06 14:15

    Food, Inc. is a written version of the film bearing the same name. This is my fourth or fifth book about our national (and international) food system, and quite frankly, they have all given me indigestion. I don't know where to begin. Let's start here: Americans are, increasingly, fat and sick. We are fat and sick for two main reasons: a lack of exercise, and the food that we eat. If the majority of people in this country had any idea just what it was that they were eating, we'd be a nation of bulimics instead of a nation of fat people with Type II diabetes and heart disease. The problem isn't meat. The problem isn't corn. The problem isn't oil. The problem isn't the government. The problem isn't corporations. The problem is us. Every time you eat, you make a choice. Choose wisely, and educate yourself about where our 'food' comes from. It is horrifying. The good news is, you can opt out of this system today. The bad news is, you probably won't. I know that it's been difficult for me to change many years of bad eating habits. I've made some real progress, but I still have a long way to go. If you are at all interested in what you eat, what your kids eat, where it all comes from, and what it actually costs other human beings, as well as our environment,to produce, read this book, or any of the other books I've listed below:-The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan-Stuffed and Starved by Raj Patel-Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

  • tiffany
    2018-11-27 19:06

    i just watched this dvd and i think every single person should watch it. it is well documented, incredibly informative and gives us knowledge that as responsible consumers we have zero reason to remain uninformed. if you plan to continue eating and putting your money toward products then regardless of what your decisions are (i.e. what you continue to eat, purchase, support, etc.) you will be doing it with intent and knowledge of what you are supporting. this documentary has gone to great lengths to bring information to us that big business tries to hide, as consumers it provides an easy way to become more knowledgeable with little effort and thus allowing us all to make more informed decisions. it comes down to making good, informed decisions, it is not about one lifestyle over another, for ex. it is not about being a meat eater, or a vegetarian or a vegan, the sole purpose is to show you what you are supporting and eating and how you can make positive changes no matter what your choice in food is. the information about monsanto was so incredibly disturbing about what is happening with farming communities and seeds, it is the proverbial nail for me for never buying products non organic, to support monsanto in any way kills the planet one purchase at a time.i hope that everyone will take the time to watch this documentary and decide for themselves. ignorance is not bliss, ignorance is ignorance.

  • Lisse
    2018-12-01 16:06

    This book started out really well for me. I have been trying to learn a lot more about the food I eat, where it comes from, how safe it is and who is really benefiting and hurting from my food choices, so this was a great book for me to pick up b/c it covers EVERYTHING. Which is also why I didn't rank it higher. About 3/4 of the way through the book it became a little overwhelming and there were some topics I wasn't that interested in. A normal reader might skip over those chapters, but I felt it necessary to try and gain some insight from them.I would recommend this book to anyone who is interesetd in learning about how the United States' food gets from the growers to our dinner tables, what is used on our food, how the animals are treated within our current industrialized process, how we can eat better, reduce obesity and other health problems...honestly, this book covers a lot.I have yet to watch the movie and don't feel you need to have seen it in order to read the book. There is an abudance of info (as I continue to state) and I believe everyone can learn something from this book. Just don't get bogged down on chapters full of info you're not that interested in.A great thing about this book is the info it gives you info to empower yourself to learn more, break certain habits, and start making a difference in the world through easy, small steps.

  • Ashley
    2018-11-24 18:15

    A very powerful book about the dangers of industrial food and its effect on our health, our economy, and our planet. The book is a compilation of essays written by prominent names in science, journalism, health, and the non-profit sector. Long before I read this book I considered myself to be extremely environmental, or "eco-friendly", and in tune with the benefits of organic foods versus conventional foods, but this book has completely opened my eyes to many different aspects of our food supply, where our food comes from, and what we can do about it to ensure a more sustainable future. "For the first time in human history, a person can move into a community, build a house out of outsourced material, heat it with outsourced energy, hook up to water from an unknown source, send waste out a pipe to somewhere else, and eat food from an unknown source . In other words, in modern American we can live without regard to the ecological life raft that undergirds us. Perhaps that is why many of us have become indifferent to nature's cry." -An excerpt from an essay titled "Declare Your Independence" written by Joel Salatin in Food Inc. I'm looking forward to growing my own food someday, but in the meantime, supporting my local farmers and steering clear of agribusiness.

  • Ryan
    2018-11-14 15:07

    Food Inc. was a pretty interesting film, contesting corporate food and condemning certain atrocities. More over, the film tried to navigate the film from all sides, and refrained from all together denouncing big business. It wasn't exactly balanced, but it did offer a glimpse into the more positive sides of Wal-Mart.Food Inc. the text was supplemental to the film and offered up a lot of recycled (pun intended) ideas. Also, these essays seemed to be much more emotionally charged, which allowed the book to come off as pretentious, snobbish, and extreme in certain parts. In most areas however, the film's tact and strategic argumentation was in full view. The CEO from Stonyfield receives space to discuss his entrepreneurial biography and organic philosophy in an interesting essay, while other writers offered new solutions and ideas that weren't proposed in the film.Overall, the message was hammered home: independence, farmer's markets, and research. All very good things, but after a film and a 260 page book, the message became more of a mission statement. With that said, I hope the importance of this movement wasn't lost in the process.

  • Ms. C
    2018-12-13 15:58

    This book is an anthology of articles and essays on the topic of food production in the U.S. It is a companion book to the recent documentary of the same name.I didn't tear through this book like I did with The Omnivore's Dilemma*, but I liked it just as much. As an anthology, it didn't have the "story" element of a single author, but that did make it easier to skip around and explore the book as I wished. It also was more in-depth than Omnivore, especially in covering the details of biotechnology. A few of the science sections made me a bit cross-eyed at times, but it wasn't overwhelming. I particularly liked that the book included many different points of view, which gave me a wider understanding of the topic. This is an excellent book for fans of the documentary or anyone wanting a deeper understanding of the issues surrounding the business of food in the United States today.*Refers to The Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Reader's Edition, by Michael Pollan

  • Clint
    2018-11-22 14:19

    I will be honest I saw the documentary a couple years back and I loved it. I am not that sure what took so long for me to FINALLY pick up this book. This book is an anthology of articles and essays on the topic of food production in the U.S. It is a companion book to the recent documentary of the same name.I really liked this book, if you want to learn about the food that US food industry is feeds us this is great starting point. I goes into the backgrounds of so many industries. It shows how large of a roll the politics does place in the food industry. in the end the morale of the book is it is out choice. Choose wisely, and educate yourself about where our 'food' comes from. It is horrifying. The good news is, you can opt out of this system today. The bad news is, you probably won't. I know that it's been difficult for me to change many years of bad eating habits. I've made some real progress, but I still have a long way to go.

  • Stephanie
    2018-11-26 17:11

    *I am writing this review for the book. In fact, I have never seen the movie of the same name.*I found the book to be very interesting. It is amazing how much goes on with food behind the scenes that most people never need to acknowledge. I also liked the practical suggestions to make changes to our family's diet that can help farmers, animals, and climate change. Weber and the other essayists do an excellent job of bringing the reader into the realities of the food industry.This would have been a five star book for me, but in some places it got a little dry and too scientific for me. Overall the writing is very good, and I appreciated the straight forward writing style throughout the book.It was also nice to see essays by the same people or organizations a few times throughout the book. It helped give the book some continuity even though there were so many authors.The book is definitely worth reading, and I plan to rent the movie sometime soon.

  • Karol.holden
    2018-12-10 14:59

    3.5 stars, to be more accurate. The message of this book is one that I'm especially receptive to, so I was a friendly audience for most of its preachy activism. There is a great deal of useful information, and if you're really interested in finding out what you as a consumer can do to eat more locally and humanely, avoid industrialized food, promote fair trade, and reduce your carbon footprint then this book makes a great starting place. There were certain topics, however, where I wanted the authors to explore in more depth, while other topics were overdone and repetitious (healthy food choices for children and childhood obesity, were two of them). Reading this book, though, is a good way to reinforce good buying and eating habits. I kept thinking while I was reading this book that if I were teaching a middle-school class on where your food comes from and how it gets to you, this book would be a great resource.