As the film's synopsis states: "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, insecticide-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" For more information on Food, Inc., which hits theaters on June 12, check out the film's official website.
Speaking of food and animals and health, I am going to see Jeffrey Masson speak tonight (at this event)! Jeffrey Masson recently published "The Face On Your Plate: The Truth About Food" (which I blogged about here), which is fabulous. In the early 90s, he published "When Elephants Weep: The Emotional Lives of Animals," which also is phenomenal (and has been translated into 20 languages). I am really, really, really looking forward to it. Masson lives in New Zealand (see his website for more biographical information); I am pleased that he is coming to somewhere close(ish) to where I live to promote his new book.
For all of you who are wondering how I will get to the middle-of-nowhere Woodstock, NY in time while holding a full-time job (not that it really matters, but people seem to be oddly interested in such things) . . . I have the day off (the perks of being a government employee) . . . it will be a day of driving.