Food Inc. presents an unsettling tale of how corporate subsidies, unlimited litigation, revolving doors, and wanton lobbying have shaped the food market in the US. There are several bits of information that seem quaint by 2020 standards, but others have been quite eye-opening. This documentary should be recommended to everyone regardless of their stance on nutrition, politics, or the economy. It would be beneficial for anybody to know how corporate decisions influence the lives of individuals on a grand scale.
There are eerie similarities between the food industry and every other industry in America. The same revolving doors, disdain for people, and legal power exist in coal mining, entertainment media, and telecom. The crucial difference is that a person can survive and thrive without watching a single Disney movie, but not without food. The government subsidies and bills have made the food giants able to exert their power across the globe.
Disseminating information is the single best way to expose the predatory and inhumane business practices of these companies. This documentary has done an admirable job, and it has done it in a way that does not merely demonize eating meat and promote veganism like many other sources on factory farming do. The message of Food Inc. is that of consumer advocacy, human empathy, and individual responsibility.
There are also problems with the documentary that takes away from the argument, but not to a critical degree. A mother holding a picture of her dead child is a long-recognized emotional manipulation tactic. It makes sense in the context, but it should still be noted that a strong and righteous position does not need underhanded tactics to hold up. Despite that, the documentary is well worth the time and is an easy recommendation for anyone interested in how things work in modern America.