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'Food, Inc.' documentary screening to be held Sept. 29

September 27, 2011

Michele Cantos

The Syracuse University Sustainability Division will be showing the Academy Award nominee for best documentary feature film, “Food, Inc.,” on Sept. 29 at 8 p.m. in Watson Theater in the Menschel Media Center. Admission is free and open to the public. Moviegoers should use the Waverly Avenue side building entrance.

In “Food, Inc.,” producer-director Robert Kenner reveals shocking facts about food production and consumption in the United States. The movie exposes the highly mechanized food industry that’s been hidden from the American consumer and controlled by a handful of corporations. Profit is often put ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the environment. The film features interviews with experts such as Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”) and Michael Pollan (“The Omnivore’s Dilemma”), and social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farm’s Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farm’s Joe Salatin.

The screening will be a “waste-free” event and attendees are encouraged to bring their own “mess kits” (Tupperware, re-usable silverware, re-useable water bottles, etc.) to eat snacks, which will be provided by the Sustainability Division. “We are aiming to create zero trash at this event,” says Hannah Morgan, Sustainability Division research intern.

Throughout the academic year, the Sustainability Division will be showing other documentary films to create awareness about sustainability issues. “The Human Footprint” will be shown in October and “Blue Gold” in November.

This event is a part of the Sustainability Division’s recycling campaign. Students who would like to become involved with the recycling campaign should contact Morgan at Students who wish to become more involved with sustainable issues on campus should contact Brooke Morley at

For more information about sustainability visit the Sustainability website, follow @SustainableSU on Twitter, and check out the Syracuse University Sustainability Facebook page.

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