There will be an exclusive Birmingham screening of the movie Food, Inc. at the Bottltree Cafe this weekend. The showing starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be local-inspired appetizer and brunch menu. Tickets are $7 and do not include food and drink. The showing begins at 4 p.m. Sunday and will be followed by a Sunday supper and panel discussion. The menu was created in collaboration with Bottletree, Cafe Dupont and Whole Foods Market. Tikcets are $18 and include the Sunday supper. All proceeds benefit the BGCFP and ASAN's Food Summit Nov. 12-14.
From the movie web site: In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing 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, herbicide-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.