Who Needs an Oscar, Anyway? Kudos to Food Inc.

We don’t know about you, but we’re fairly bummed Food Inc. didn’t win last night’s Oscar for best documentary feature. (It lost out to The Cove.) For starters, getting a movie about food policy, public health, commercial food production and American agricultural issues so far into the mainstream means, well, food policy, public health, commercial food production and American agricultural issues are now in the mainstream.

Enough said.

But we also just like this movie, which is a joint effort from Robert Kenner and Eric Schlosser: There have been plenty of flicks in the past few years that touch on food issues (and, like Food Inc., plenty that feature the wise words of folks like reporter Michael Pollan and Polyface Farm head Joel Salatin) but few have such an eerie opening scene as this one, complete with creepy music and hyper-colored supermarket aisles that strike fear into every farmers’ market lover’s heart and should send even the staunchest frozen food fanatic into deep, deep thought.

If you missed it when it came through Manhattan, we recommend you fix up a sustainable-minded feast–you can buy local popcorn from Oak Grove Plantation’s Union Square farmstand–rent the DVD and invite over the masses to change their minds.

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Rachel Wharton is the former deputy editor of Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan. She won a 2010 James Beard food journalism award, holds a master’s degree in Food Studies from New York University, and has more than 15 years of experience as a writer, editor and reporter. A North Carolina native and a former features food reporter for the New York Daily News, she edited the Edible Brooklyn cookbook and was the co-author of both Handheld Pies and DiPalo's Guide to the Essential Foods of Italy. Her work also appears in publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Saveur.