We Feed the World

Synopsis: A look at how the world's food is produced and how mass production changes the environment and the lives of people.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Erwin Wagenhofer
Production: Allegro Film
  3 wins.
96 min

In this region 10 years ago,

we had 25% of farms and more.

Since the entry into the European Union

about a quarter of farmers

abandoned agriculture

and looked for another job or went to


and there was nobody to look after


My father,

when he took over the farm

and its adjoining 12 acres

could easily feed our family

and have the same standard of living

we have now.

I had to multiply the size of the farm by


to get the same result.

It makes you think.

If I tell you that a ton of wheat now costs 100 euros

and when I look at what

sanding costs,

That the salt is used

on winter road costs

it's unreal.


Ie sand is more expensive

that wheat produced by a peasant.

And that people should know.

Ll need them to know.

It should be a fair price for our products


Should not just say

a steak should cost only 2 euros.

Then people wonder

we have plants with 20 animals

OOO pigs.

The question is:

'' Do we want that?''

Apparently yes, because

it only gets worse.

We throw about 2 million pounds of bread per year

which is still good, has two days, and

is still edible.

It's been ten years that I do that,

and I make the same journey.

And there is always



which are by what we do.

I live in Switzerland

in the republic of Geneva.

Switzerland is the second country

Ie world's richest

in per capita income, according to World Bank


This country has no natural resources

but banks

locked by bank secrecy.

It is also full capital

in transit, arson

or from tax evasion.


agriculture has a very effective but also very limited

that is to say,

in our bread,

415 grain

come from abroad.

Where are they now?

They come from India.

From India!

According to statistics from the O. N.U.,


more than 200 million people

severely malnourished


The farmers must leave

100 / o of their land fallow,

and nothing to plant.

Sieur The European Union gives money for that.

Fallow is encouraged.

It still

sometimes plant corn.

Before, they planted some corn.

Because we need it for heating


we plant more now.

The corn is cut

here is only for heating.

It is only intended to burn.

It is nothing cooler

that what these men have fished


It is no

freshest fish.

The important thing is that the net

is only one hour, maximum two

in water.

Thus there is no pressure

into the net.

The first fish that comes

undergoes no pressure,

it is very fresh.

When the net comes aboard

all animals are alive.

In terms of fishing time,

another example is extreme.

The industrial vessels

in the north of France

northern Europe,

in Bremerhaven, Holland

these boats go

15, 20, sometimes 30 days at sea ,

and the net remaining in the water

for 10, 12, even 13 hours


You can imagine

the pressure produced in the water

everywhere in this fishing net.

I would like to show you

what a sole Breton.

That, for example,

this is an extreme case.

You can not eat it tonight.

One must keep

few days in cold,

she is too cool.

This is an extremely high quality.

Here is another example of extreme quality.

Very hard, and

course, very important!:


Bright red in color.

No comment. Very cool.

We find that here, in

hake. Very red.

And we come to the mullet,

a noble fish,

again the same test

gills and again

a very high quality.

That I eat willingly.

I do not want the head,

merchandise is right.

The same fish caught by a boat


his body dangling like that

and has another value.

We here port of Lorient

France's second port.

Lorient is an industrial port.

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Erwin Wagenhofer

Erwin Wagenhofer (born 27 May 1961 in Amstetten) is an Austrian author and film director. In 1981 he presented his first short film Endstation normal. Two years later his short film Das Loch was shown at the Kraków Film Festival. From that year until 1987 he worked as a directing and camera assistant for several ORF productions as well as for movies and documentaries. Since 1987 he is a freelance author and film director. In 1988 he portrayed the artist Oswald Oberhuber in Das Fragmentarische in der Kunst. From 1995 to 2000 he taught at Donauuniversität in Krems. Since 2002 he has been teaching at Universität für angewandte Kunst in Vienna. Since 2001 he completed several scripts for movies and documentaries. In 2005 Wagenhofer directed the long documentary We Feed the World, produced by Allegro Film. It is about industrialization of food production and shows international agricultural politics from a critical viewpoint, especially with regards to the role of the EU. The film was seen by more than 800,000 people in Europe. It was shown at numerous festivals and won several prizes. In October 2008 his next documentary Let's Make Money was released in Germany and Austria. It is about money in a global financial system and unequal distribution of wealth. He won the German Documentary Film Prize in 2009. more…

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