"The Meatrix" and sustainable agriculture

Joined Jul 3, 2002
A colleague who's teaching Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation passed along this link for a humorous little "flash presentation"--I guess that means short little filmlette--that introduces viewers to the problems with factory farming. It's no big deal, sort of cute. But this is NOT a PETA project. At the end of the film they provide a list of family farmers, stores, and restaurants that sell meat that is not from factory farms.


And, by the way, if you want to read the single most horrifying account of what it's like to work in a non-union slaughterhouse/meat-packing plant, take a look at chapter 8 "The Most Dangerous Job" in Schlosser's book. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle looks like Club Med compared to this.
Joined Oct 30, 2003
i took a class in college that used this book as one of it'[s course books, it's a great read for ANYONE... but only if you have a strong stomach!


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Joined Mar 29, 2002
That was cute. Anyone have any hard information about whether "sustainable" farming can really feed the world? I have my doubts.

By hard info, I mean more than a square footage of farmed area argument. At it's core, this is really an economics problem with branches in gathering, distribution, affordability, and availability off the top of my head.

I don't think sustainable farming would have saved Ethiopia, Kenya or those other countries with drought and hunger issues. In many ways that was compounded by a political distribution blockade too.

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