Q and A: Robert Kenner, director of Food, Inc.
Robert Kenner's documentary Food, Inc. argues that deception is running rampant in the national food system. It's out on Friday.
Special to amNewYork
Some scary truths hide behind our most banal grocery store staples.
Robert Kenners documentary Food, Inc. reveals a comprehensive campaign of deception engaged in by the corporations that control the national food system, and points out the dangerous changes they have made to the ways our food is farmed and developed. amNewYork spoke to the filmmaker about the movie, which opens Friday.
What interested you in this subject?
On one level, we spend less on our food than any time in history. On the other hand, this low cost food comes to us at a high cost.
Whats the cost?
The whole [food producing] system has changed. The food itself is fundamentally different. Things look the same, but theyre different.
[For example] chicken looks the same, but theyre not grown on farms, theyre grown in factories.
Everything comes from huge factories, or the vast majority of our food does and it doesnt have the same nutritional value Its kind of spooky how [the food companies] can try to keep us thinking it still comes from farms with white picket fences and red barns.
What are the risks if the food production business continues to function as it has?
Were subsidizing unhealthy food that is going to bankrupt all of us because the health care system cant take [all the health problems being created].