Meredith College to Host Showing of Food, Inc.
Meredith College’s Center for Women, Ethics and Public Life will host a showing of the film “Food, Inc.” on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. in Ledford 101.
After the film, Master of Science in Nutrition students and Foods and Nutrition faculty will lead a discussion of the issues raised by “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'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.
This event is free and open to the public. Students can receive academic & cultural events credit for attending.
For more information on the Center for Women, Ethics, and Public Life, visit www.meredith.edu/cwepl.
Date Submitted: 2009-11-13