epicurious.com: food, inc

He’s Baaack: A Preview of Eric Schlosser’s Food, Inc. Film

Guest blogger and food-film correspondent Alison Baenen watched a preview screening of Food. Inc. and filed this report:

Remember Eric Schlosser, the man behind Fast Food Nation? He’s back with a new movie, Food, Inc., a look at how the corporations responsible for feeding America strive to make food faster, fatter, bigger, and cheaper. For anyone who’s read The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food, Inc. makes many of the same arguments. Not surprisingly, it is sad at times, uncomfortable to watch, and occasionally disgusting.

Following the screening, Schlosser joined filmmaker Robert Kenner, chef-activist Alice Waters, Stonyfield CEO Gary Hirshberg, and NYC Greenmarket czar Marcel Van Ooyen for a panel discussion. Waters championed the need for healthy food in public schools (her pet cause), but agreed with the others that the film was coming out at a particularly positive time for local food advocates.

In fact, we seem to be in the middle of a food-media moment: Last week Lauren Salkeld blogged about Fresh, another film about the food system, while James Oliver Cury previewed End of the Line, the overfishing documentary that has caused a bunch of celebs (including Sienna Miller, Sting, and Charlize Theron) to boycott Nobu.

What do you think? Are you getting involved in the local food movement? Or writing letters to congresspeople? Should the government cut subsidies for cash crops like corn and soybean, and/or enforce stricter regulations on meat-processing plants?