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…Food Inc. wants to change the way you look at your food?

Food Inc.

The goal of Food Inc. is to lift the veil on our nation’s food industry and expose 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, 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.

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.

Though I do recommend seeing this film, I don’t recommend stopping by the popcorn counter first!

[Food Inc.]

…It’s Website Wednesday: Progress?


When the United Nations announced UNdata, it created a way to disseminate data stretched out across 22 United Nations databases through one central application. Unfortunately, because UNdata houses 66 million records, it’s tough to get a sense of what’s going on without a visual representation.

Thankfully, Flowing Data decided to take that data and create a website called Progress, which turned the data into a graphical report on the state of the world. It was done as an effort to make this world data more visible, and as a chance to mess around with some data, so the results are both shocking and fantastic at the same time.


[Via: Some Random Dude]