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A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Jean Ziegler ... Himself
Peter Brabeck ... Himself
Karl Otrok ... Himself

Directed by
Erwin Wagenhofer 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erwin Wagenhofer  screenplay

Produced by
Katharina Bogensberger .... line producer
Helmut Grasser .... producer
Original Music by
Helmut Neugebauer 
Cinematography by
Erwin Wagenhofer 
Film Editing by
Erwin Wagenhofer 
Production Management
Katharina Bogensberger .... production manager
Elfi Freudenthaler-Siebenhaar .... post production manager (as Elfi Freudenthaler)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lisa Ganser .... assistant director
Sound Department
Lisa Ganser .... sound
Helmut Junker .... sound
Helmut Neugebauer .... sound designer

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Canada:96 min (Toronto International Film Festival)
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Germany:6 | Singapore:PG | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud)
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52 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Enlightening but Gloomy, 28 January 2006
Author: James McNally from Toronto, Canada

I saw this film at the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. I would call this film a Mondovino for food. By which I mean it is an examination of how globalization and the growth of the power of corporations has affected the production of food. The director dispassionately takes us to farms in Romania and Brazil, a fishing boat in Brittany, a greenhouse in southern Spain, and a chicken processing plant in Austria.

In all these places, we see traditional practices being abandoned in favour of giant factory operations. In each place, someone on camera asserts that flavour is not as important as price or appearance. So we see hothouse tomatoes being driven 2500 kilometres to be sold, we see rain forest cleared to grow soybeans, even though the soil is unsuitable, and we see the entire eight-week life cycle of thousands of chickens, raised to supply the incessant demands of the world for cheap food. Watching factory-farmed chickens being "processed" might be enough to turn some people into vegetarians. Except for the fact that our vegetables are really no better.

There is some interesting information about GM (genetically modified) crops which are resistant to herbicides like Monsanto's Roundup and the growing use of hybrid seed. Unlike regular seed, which farmers used to save from year to year, hybrid seed cannot be used to raise a second crop, forcing farmers to keep buying seed from large seed firms like Pioneer. This raises all kinds of issues, and I really think the film could have spent more time here.

The film ends with an interview with the CEO of Nestlé, the largest food manufacturer in the world, who muses on "attaching a value" to water, and calls the position of the NGOs, that access to clean water is a human right, "extreme". After bragging how many jobs his corporation is creating, and how many families it is supporting, he glances at an informational video of one of Nestlé's Japanese factories, and marvels how it is so roboticized. "Hardly any people," he crows.

The only significant weakness to this documentary was its unrelenting gloom. I would have liked to have been given some ammunition or to have seen some success stories, or at least some rebellion. But there wasn't any. Since I have an interest in this area, I can point you to the Slow Food organization, which is trying to encourage more consumption of local products and the preservation of disappearing foodstuffs. But I really wish the director had done it instead.

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