An Academy Award-nominated 2008 feature length documentary film by Robert Kenner (also known for the excellent 2014 documentary about the Tobacco industry, Merchants of Doubt), it examines corporate farming in America and concludes that the agribusiness produces unhealthy food using techniques which are harmful for the environment, as well as abusive to animals and farm employees.
The documentary is split into three distinct segments, the first examining the industrial production of meat, the second the industrial production of grains and vegetables, and the third and final segment is primarily focused on the economic and legal power of the food corporations hold to influence regulation, the heavy use of chemicals and the effects on the consumer and the environment, and the promotion of unhealthy food consumption. The film includes interviews with powerful industry figures, politicians, and farmers.
The documentary has an accompanying book consisting of 25 essays by leading experts and thinkers, it is intended to further inform on the issues tackled and assist the viewer in acting on changing their shopping habits and diet for the better. Food Inc.: A Participant Guide: How Industrial Food is Making Us Sicker, Fatter, and Poorer – And What You Can Do About It. It is available in paperback or on kindle.