There are a lot of things about the meat industry that many people are not aware of- from the chemicals that are used to enhance size to the living conditions of the animals that are born to be slaughtered for meat. Do you truly know where the meat you eat comes from and what went into that animal before it was killed? Below, you will be able to review five different documentaries that were created about the meat industry, in order to answer some of these questions.
This film was released back in 2008, and it was filmed in order to shine a light on corporate farming within the United States. It is broken up into three different segments where the viewer is shown different parts of the modern agricultural industry. In the first segment, viewers will be able to witness what really happens during the production of most meat, regardless of the livestock that it comes from. The second segment is all about grains and vegetables, and the final segment shines a light on the unhealthy eating habits of the American public, as well as the large use of chemicals that are used, which contaminate the various food products.One of the first major documentaries to expose the truth about the American food industry, Food Inc. serves as an excellent overview of modern factory farming system.
This 2014 film aims to show the impact that animal agriculture actually has on the environment, and explores some possible solutions. It features a number of different specialists from various organizations, including the Rainforest Action Network and
Greenpeace. This film also goes over some of the policies that are in place for environmental organizations, and it investigates and exposes some of the flaws within these policies.
A documentary created by the Fusion Network (Cock Fight tells the story of what happens after the whistle is blown on big agricultural corporations. The filmmakers focus their lens on Craig Watts, chicken farmer for Perdue Farms who stood up against the company for their unethical business practices. Perdue did not react well to this challenge, and Watts found himself visited by dozens of inspectors and government officials in the following months who sought to silence him. Cockfight also takes a critical look at some of the laws that allow this to happen, and along the way largely shatters the illusion of the happy American farmer.
Released in 2008, this film was designed to educate viewers on the importance of nutrition. It touches on the fact that a lot of illnesses like cancer and diabetes can actually be treated through the use of a very selective, nutrient-dense diet. It’s not focused just on diet though, as it brings the medical industry under question for treating only the surface issues and not recommending lifestyle changes as opposed to drugs.
This film is about the producer’s desire to know exactly what it is she’s feeding her children and where it’s coming from. It’s spawned from one of her son’s debilitating allergies and the unorthodox treatment she decided to try out; nutrition instead of drugs. It’s an idea that has since been the subject of many studies. From there it goes on to question where exactly our food is coming from and why the government seems to be stacking the cards against the small farmers who made this country what it is. It’s an interesting look at multiple facets of the industry, from the farm to the table.
Overall, the world is filled with a lot of different opinions when it comes to the way one chooses to eat and live their lives. There are a lot of things that should be considered when deciding on the sources and types of food we put in our bodies, and the first step in making informed decisions and challenging an unhealthy factory farming system is knowledge – which is what these documentaries provide.