This film had a lot of meaningful information and ideas to advance the way we produce food. If I were to do a full review on this film I would focus on the idea of the effects of using pesticides and antibiotics and how it effects the health of people who eat it. According to The United States Environmental Protection agency, "Pesticide use in the United States was 1.1 billion pounds in 2007, or 22% of the world estimate of 5.2 billion pounds of pesticide use." It is safe to assume that the use of various pesticides have increased due to the increase of new technologies that help with food processing and production. The use of these harmful chemicals should not be a reality but it is what we are faced with everyday when we eat anything. It is a known fact from the Pesticide Action Network that "Many of the pesticides found have been linked to serious health effects including infertility, birth defects, and childhood and adult cancers." This is a major issue because something that should be beneficial to us is actually harming us. Many farmers and companies benefit from harmful substances to produce more at the expense of their consumers.
I liked that this film was very informational and gave a good outlook to what really goes on in the agricultural world however, there were some weaknesses. The biggest weakness that I found was that it moved a little fast in some aspects. During the interviews sometimes it was hard to keep up with who was who and what they were saying. On the other hand, the interviews were also the greatest strength. Interviewing farmers, authors, and professors gave a great insight to what was going on behind closed doors. The facts and points made by each person helped me understand how harmful this situation is. However, seeing the way that each person made a difference was inspiring because it lets me know that it is possible to turn it around. I also thought it was cool that each person had their own method of healthy farming that was just as good as the others. I liked that each person had a genuine concern of the welfare of others and were committed to making a difference.