One of the main concepts in the film is factory farming. Factory farming is a system of raising livestock in which large numbers of animals are raised indoors to maximize production at minimum cost. This way of producing food that goes onto millions of plates everyday causes many problems for the consumer and for the farmer. Farmers are feeding these animals meat because it is cheap and makes the animals grow faster. All livestock animals are herbivores naturally, feeding these animals meat may be linked to diseases like mad cow disease. As for consumers and people in general, factory farms are not good at all. These can farms pollute waterways and can pollute the air because of the chemicals large amounts of manure can give off. When thousands of the same type animal is packed into a tight space, disease can occur very easily. This can contaminate the meat we are eating and causes farmers to overuse antibiotics to prevent disease from happening. When people eat large amounts of antibiotics found in the meat they are eating, it makes them more immune to antibiotics when they are sick.
A farmer named Joel Salatin does not agree with factory farming. "Respect the design of nature." This quote is what Joel uses as a motto for his farm. He explains that in nature, animals are always moving, that is why he rotates his animals into different fields. He also only gives his animals fresh plants not grains or other meats. He also doesn't use monoculture because it does not occur in nature and it increases his livestock's chances of survival as a whole.
Fresh is a great documentary that more people should watch. It is great because it opened my eyes more about what I was putting into my own body. I always try to eat organic but this film really gave me more information and incentive to buy organic foods.
|An example of how unnatural factory farms can be|