I believe we’ve all found the key component in this film to be sustainable agriculture. With the film’s discussion primarily being on factory farms, mono-culture, and the differences between conventional and renewable farming. All of which are critical to our understanding of this situation we are now facing in agriculture. We now want to produce more food than we ever before, all while keeping it cheap. Whether that means people get black mailed, like the Fox’s or Russ Kremer’s experience with essentially being forced into commercial hog production, the system we have now does not allow for deviation. This system is costing us in a variety of ways, our health, the environment, and even the economy are all being effected by our drive for cheap food.
I think Russ Kremer’s statement “when you only have one choice, you have no choice” rings very true with today’s society not just in terms of farming. When you are unaware of a situation there’s little hope it can be changed. This is where I think we are now, too few people realize what their eating, what it has gone through to get to their plate, or how it’s affecting the world around them. We live in an age where time is money and we think about the consequences of our actions later.
This film is especially important to me because I’m working with wildlife. I’m trying to convince people we need to conserve wildlife and wild places they've never heard of and probably can’t see the connection to why it needs preserving. The reason films like these are important is because if we cannot educate people about their own food I’m not sure how I can educate them about wildlife conservation.
This film has some neat suggestions about changing the system. From the unique city gardens like those of the Growing Power company. Where even Karen Parker the co-director of the company states that now her “food has names!”. She knows her food from start to finish, which is a state that all of us would benefit from. Then we have the sustainable farms of Joel Salatin, with his cattle, chickens, and other animals rotating among the fields for the heath of all. While these methods of farming work for some I don’t think the majority of people will take this sort of thing upon themselves unless they realize something needs to change. So my question is how we can bring this to the public's eye? We know films like this do poorly, we know the companies are against us, but some how we need to get information like this out to the public.