Thursday, February 18, 2010
Our Daily Bread
I rented this movie Our Daily Bread.
"Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming! To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film looks without commenting into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds - a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops and machines play a supporting role in the logistics of this system which provides our society’s standard of living.
OUR DAILY BREAD is a wide-screen tableau of a feast which isn’t always easy to digest - and in which we all take part. A pure, meticulous and high-end film experience that enables the audience to form their own ideas."
Wow. Just wow.
You know, I like to think I have a really solid understanding of industrial agriculture and food production. I like to think I have a good grasp of how crazy reliant our food is on cheap fossil fuels. But watching these images, I realise that my understanding has been mostly academic, formed in words and ideas rather than visuals. Well, my eyes are wide open now, let me tell you. Honestly, wow.
This is how most of us in the West eat. This is who we are. And it doesn't look anything at all like this.
Labels: Food Security