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I caught Robert Kenner, the filmmaker of “Food Inc.,” giving an interview over the weekend. “Food Inc.” is a film about the nation’s food industry and its impact on our health. It comes to theaters in select cities this summer. I am so going to see this when it comes to Atlanta in late June. I love these types of books/movies. But even though I know this stuff I still battle with eating healthy. Stuff that’s full of chemicals/unhealthy is sooo addictive. And the food companies know it.

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, insecticide-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. Hungry for Change

Check out the trailer:

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Update: After it started getting out of hand, KFC tried to remedy the coupon situation.

Link: KFC Gives Out Rain Checks

I had to write about this mess:

Angry patrons looking to get a free meal, compliments of talk show host Oprah Winfrey, waited in long lines outside a New York City KFC franchise Wednesday and staged a sit-in when told the restaurant had run out of grilled chicken. 

A coupon available exclusively through the talk show queen Oprah Winfrey’s Web site, oprah.com, for 24 hours Wednesday, had been sought out so frequently that “Oprah Winfrey KFC coupons” was the fifth most-searched item on Google Trends by Wednesday afternoon, hours after it had been posted.

Stores across the country reported they were inundated with customers looking to redeem coupons for “two pieces of grilled chicken, two individual sides and a biscuit.” Some restaurants quickly sold out and told customers, who have until May 19 to use their coupons, to come back. 

Gothamist, a local blog, posted an e-mail and photos from a customer at the Manhattan branch.

“I went over to our nearest KFC a few minutes ago … and chaos ensued,” the e-mail read. “Despite the very visible grilled chicken behind the register, the manager told everyone with coupons to leave and that the promotion was over for the day. The people there are currently holding a sit-in and refusing to leave until they get their free chicken. … There were 911 calls. Racial epithets were being spewed, people who actually wanted to pay for chicken were facing a potential beat-down, and the manager ran from the screaming horde. Oprah, what have ye wrought?” ABC

There are soo many things wrong with this story. Although I can’t help but laugh at the fact that those who actually wanted to pay faced beatdowns from angry coupon holders. 

But the fact remains that people staged a sit-in for chicken. Chicken! These weren’t starving people begging for a meal, but crazy Americans angry that KFC wouldn’t honor a coupon. And I just know that after the whole Popeyes debacle, black people were involved. Probably spearheaded the revolt. The special runs until May 10. So these angry customers could have just come back to get their free chicken on another day. (more…)

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Even though times are rough, one positive aspect of the recession is that more restaurants are having specials, and basically giving food away to get people to dine at their establishments. Every time you turn on the TV, another fast-food chain is adding a value menu or a restaurant is having a special.

Many items on the value menu at fast food places aren’t the healthiest foods, but at least if you only have a few quarters, you can go somewhere besides Taco Bell or McDonalds.

And if they’re not adding value menus, restaurants are having giveaways.

Denny’s served free Grand Slams at all its locations in February, and offered a free Grand Slamwich this month.

 “We want to continue to connect with today’s consumers who we know have lots of choices and limited dollars,” said Denny’s CEO Nelson Marchioli.

Limited dollars indeed. (more…)

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