April 20, 2010
Hold the popcorn, host a potluck: "Food, Inc." on PBS this week

In case you missed it in theaters and it hasn't yet cycled to the top of your Netflix queue, "Food, Inc." is scheduled to air Wednesday night on KVIE.

The Oscar-nominated documentary is being presented as part of PBS' POV (Point of View) series, which also has launched discussions boards and a giveaway for viewers.

PBS' POV series also is urging viewers to host "Food, Inc." potluck parties featuring sustainable foods and has tips and recipes on its website. Food, Inc., directed by Robert Kenner, examines the nation's food industry and the corporate culture surrounding it.

But unless you like late-night food feasts (doesn't that mess with the ol' metabolism?), Sacramento viewers may want to DVR the documentary ‑ POV doesn't air until 10 p.m. Wednesday on KVIE.

Viewers also can watch "Food, Inc." from Thursday through April 29 on POV's Web site.

A potluck is a little more work than ordering a pizza and chicken wings, but it's probably a wise suggestion given the documentary's eye-opening perspective on what we eat and how it's produced.

New York Times writer Manohla Dargis described "Food, Inc." as an "often infuriating activist documentary about the big business of feeding or, more to the political point, force-feeding, Americans all the junk that multinational corporate money can buy. You'll shudder, shake and just possibly lose your genetically modified lunch."

To enter POV's gift basket giveaway for potluck enthusiasts, check out POV's website. There are 60 chances to win. Freebies include autographed books, DVDs and sustainable teas and coffees.

Check out Bee writer Carlos Alcala's April 14 story about the region's love of potlucks, as well as a handy potluck primer.

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