Food, Inc. Discussion Questions Answers

Instructor: Grace Pisano

Grace has a bachelor's degree in history and a master's degree in teaching. She previously taught high school in several states around the country.

'Food, Inc.' is a documentary film released in 2008 that highlights the problems with the food industry in America. The film has made many people reconsider the ethics of the food they eat.

Food, Inc.

In the documentary Food, Inc., the film team examines the farming practices and use of animals in the American diet. Rather than talking solely about the health issues, the film looks at how the crops and animals are treated and raised. The general message of the film is that many things in the American food industry must change quickly because the current system used is inhumane and unsustainable. This film could be used in a high school or post-secondary health, ethics, science or current events class.

As a note, there are several scenes in the film that are difficult to watch. Be sure to warn students about these scenes and debrief with them after watching the movie.

Critical Thinking Questions

  • One of the main crops that the producer of the film have a problem with is corn. What are some of the issues brought up about corn? Do you think the film's producers have a problem with people eating corn on the cob at a summer barbecue, or is there a different point they are getting at?
  • This film exposes a great deal about the food industry in America that many people do not know about. What was the thing that surprised you the most in this film? How do you think society would be different if everyone knew this?
  • The film tells us that large restaurants and corporations are in control of the vast majority of the meat industry. What problems arise when these large companies control the farmers instead of the farmers working without interference? Can a large company, such as McDonald's, know what's best for the animals?
  • Think about what you learned in the film about the way food has been produced over time. In the past, almost exclusively, families grew the food that they needed and raised the animals they would eat. Would this be possible today? Although there are many advantages to this from an environmental and economic standpoint, can you think of any drawbacks if we all grew our own food?

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