Documentary Recommendation: Eating Animals (2018)

Quote from Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

“Factory farming, of course, does not cause all the world’s problems, but is is remarkable just how many of them intersect there.”

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Producers: Jennifer Barrons, Geralyn White Dreyfous, Noam Dromi, Sandra Keats, Jon Levin, Natalie Portman, Christopher Dillon Quinn, Burton Ritchie, Jonathan Safran Foer, Regina K. Scully, Biz Stone, Evan Williams, and Hana Wuerker

Director: Christopher Dillon Quinn

Writer: Christopher Dillon Quinn based from Jonathan Safran Foer’s book

Narrator: Natalie Portman

Rating: NA but not suitable for young children

Running Time: 1 hour and 34 minutes

Eating Animals is the documentary version of the book by Jonathan Safran Foer.  This documentary states the facts and the close relationship between the American government and the agricultural business.  It begins with the landscape of the United States before factory farming became the way of life where big businesses profit and those supplying the demands suffer with cutthroat practices and competition.  Believe it or not, most of the meat, eggs, and dairy consumed are full of hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics because that is the standard farming practice.  Yet, most of the farmers are drowning in debt and the animals suffer from birth to death.  With this being said, this documentary is not preachy but factual.  It gives some historical background and insight into the evolution of the factory farm and its practices.  It discusses the hard work of reputable and respectful hog, beef, and poultry farmers who raise the animals outside with plenty of grasses and sunshine.  These small town farmers hope to bring their true and tried practices back one state at a time. 

I completely respect this, but what I don’t respect is corporate greed for the sake of everyone’s else’s welfare from consumers to whistle blowers to the animals.  As one former poultry farmer who broke his contract with Perdue, Craig Watts spoke of the practices the USDA endorses and the realities most farmers face.  If a meat and non-meat eater are standing next to each other, I hope both would realize large man made ponds of pink liquid (pig farm waste) is not normal or safe.  Another whistle blower and animal welfare activist is Dr. James Keen, who once worked at MARC, a USDA research facility aimed to increase livestock production.  He saw horrendous, unnecessary experiments and shared them when he was ignored over and over by his colleagues.  This isn’t to say there won’t be animals to eat in the future, but alternatives will become even more mainstream when the supplies dwindle.  Even if you’re a big meat eater and you can’t put down that sizzling bacon or beef burger, it’s all interconnected in some way.

Pisaries Creator gives Eating Animals FOUR FINGERS and ONE THUMB at 100%.

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