Robert Kenner, director of FOOD, INC., a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Robert Kenner, director of FOOD, INC., a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Interview with Food, Inc. Producer, Robert Kenner

by Jordan Wright

In a conversation with Executive Producer Robert Kenner the week before the June 19th Washington, DC release of his new film, “Food, Inc.”, I had a chance to follow up on a review I wrote about the documentary earlier this month. This searing expose of the food industry that plays out like an eco-thriller is going to have a big impact on the industry and he told me he was very encouraged by the response so far. The film profiles agri-business villains, who currently hold the world hostage with their domination of our planet’s food supply, facing off against the small American farmer practicing sustainable farming methods. The good news Kenner wants you to know is that you, the consumer, can write a happier ending to this real-life tragedy with your daily food choices.

Jordan Wright – Food, Inc. is as powerful a documentary as any ever produced. How do you hope it will be received?

Robert Kenner – I hope this makes people start to think about where there food comes from. And it wasn’t just the food that I found to be important in the making of this film I discovered all the information that’s being denied to us. I was just shocked at the power of these mega-corporations. Our food has been fundamentally transformed in the last fifty years, without us seeing it. It’s become a totally different food than we’ve ever eaten before.

Wright – An Inconvenient Truth has done more to shine a spotlight on the dangers of global warming than any scientific treatise, government agency or print article. Given its worldwide success, do you envision Food, Inc. will have the same far-reaching impact on policy-makers and the general public in reigning in world domination of the agri-business conglomerates?

Read the rest of the interview on Jordan’s blog, Whisk and Quill.

See Jordan’s review of the film, on today’s other blog post, Review of Food, Inc.

Jordan Wright is one of the leading food writers on the Washington, DC scene. Covering the metropolitan area for the broad based news-centric ezine and the tony high-end Georgetowner, with its hip sister publication The Downtowner, where her eponymous column “Wright on Food” has had a large and loyal following. All her articles can be found on her website

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