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Arts and Entertainment

Screening Alert: Food, Inc.

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Movies open every week in Los Angeles, and LAist always tries to let you know about as many of them as possible. Some films, though -- at least I think so -- deserve a special mention because a) they don't have a huge marketing budget supporting them; b) they are the kinds of provocative films that more people should see and c) they are the kinds of films that the worst toadies in corporate America don't want you to see. Tomorrow night at the Nuart, Food, Inc. hits the screen. If you were intrigued by Fast Food Nation (the book, not the movie), then Food, Inc. is right in your wheelhouse. It pulls back the veil on the highly mechanized American food industry and may make you reconsider before eating your next Triple Whopper.

Americans currently live in a two-state system with respect to the food they consume. In certain pockets of the country there is a thriving organic movement. The lesson of Alice Waters of Chez Panisse -- that the best food comes straight from the farm to your table -- is quickly gaining traction in our culture as evidenced by the flourishing growth of local farmer's markets and the Whole Foods grocery chain. Most Americans, though, still get their food directly from large, corporate processing plants, and it's perhaps no accident that we've seen a corresponding rise in diabetes and obesity. While there's a tendency to see this issue in stark political terms, everyone should be interested in learning more about the food they consume so see Food, Inc. this weekend!

Tomorrow night's screenings sponsored by TakePart.com, SocialVibe.com, GOOD and Causecast.

Sign Food. Inc's food petition at www.foodincmovie.com for a chance to win prizes at the Friday screenings.