We Feed the World

We Feed the World

DVD - 2009
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A globe-trotting exposé of our modern agricultural system. From struggling fishermen and long-distance truckers, to agronomists and multi-national corporate executives. Presents a sobering portrait of the people who define the contemporary food industry, where the constant pursuit of profit takes precedence over the health of the workers, the hungry, and the environment. Reveals the distressing problems of the industrialized world food system and what world hunger has to do with us. Nearly 1 billion of the 7 billion people on Earth are starving, but the food produced could feed 12 billion people.
Publisher: [New York, NY] : Distributed by Kino International, [2009]
Branch Call Number: GER 630 W36w
Language Note: In German with some English, French and Portuguese ; with English subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Wagenhofer, Erwin


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Jun 03, 2012

Long, dull depiction of gigantic non-US food-producing companies. Muddled messages. Apparently not against genetically modified seeds per se, as in anti-Monsanto films (though traditional strains taste better), but rather the disruption of less developed economies unable to compete. Mass production is sinister, but should be raised even more to feed the poor. Worth seeing for the section on chickens -- bred, quickly fattened, and slaughtered, many thousands a day in one abattoir -- closely crammed, hardly ever being alive, more like vegetables than animals.

Nov 12, 2011

Fantastic work covering the modern state of our mechanized food production system. This film, as opposed to Food Inc., has a focus on Europe and Brazil, yet the very same profit-maximizing and mass-production ethos is at hand. Fields of soybeans in Brazil, vast tracts of greenhouse-grown vegetables in Spain, fishermen in France. Chicken production in Austria, and a look at how small-scale, horse and buggy agriculture still holds on in Romania, for now.

May 19, 2010

Very good movie. I really liked how they tried to stay as objective as possible. For example, they showed how chickens are produced mostly without any commentary, so that I could have my own opinion and decide if that way of raising chickens is acceptable to me or not.

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