Soyalism

Enrico Parenti, Stefano Liberti

The growing demand for pork in China has a major impact on the way food is produced around the world. Huge parts of the Amazon rainforest are logged to make way for soy plantations, used to feed cattle. In the United States pig farming has developed into an industry worth millions, with huge pig farms turning entire communities into toxic dung pits, with far-reaching consequences for local residents.

Most of us are aware that pork is not the most environmentally-friendly food product, and the fact that soy beans are cultivated on a large scale to feed cattle has been known for quite some time now. Yet this documentary sheds a new and discomforting light on the scale and impact of this mega-sized industry. Meat-processing plants are owned by a handful of multinational companies that consistently deplete our planet’s resources to meet the global demand for cheap meat. The film sheds light on the entire pork industry, from huge soy plantations in the Brazilian rainforest to hypermodern slaughterhouses in China, where a spokesperson proudly tells that the machines from the Netherlands enable six hundred pigs to be slaughtered every hour. Using interviews and animations, this remarkable documentary shows the disastrous impact of the ever-growing food industry on humans, animals and the environment.

Credits

Subtitles
EN
Director
Enrico Parenti, Stefano Liberti
Country
Italy
Type
Documentary
Duration
65 minutes
Themes
development, sustainable development, aid, ecology & environment, food & hunger, house & land issues, evictions
Year
2018