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.


Mia@agoodhuman said...

Ok....I'm guessing this documentary is going to cause me to shed a few tears? Regardless, it's in my Netflix queue.

Amber said...

Mia, while certain scenes may have you reaching for the tissues- the cattle being stunned and rolled in a machine and the squealing piglets being castrated (I think) come to mind- I actually found the portrayal of the uber mechanization of food production to be so hypnotic, lulling even, that I forgot I was a human being with emotions, which made the whole viewing experience for me much more chilling than tear inducing. However it makes you feel, I think it's valuable and necessary viewing for anyone interested in food.

Melody said...

Hi Amber,
I have just put this on hold at my local library. I grew up on a farm so am looking forward to seeing this.