Eating up the Planet
According to experts, the COVID-19 pandemic will have a serious impact on the global economy and consequently reduce the production and supply of food. This will then lead to widespread food shortages and famine among poor people and low-income countries. However, even before the outbreak of the global pandemic, there were concerns over an inevitable and impending food crisis caused by the spread of poverty due to the growing world population and wealth disparity, as well as climate changes and water shortages. Since the start of the farming culture, human beings have ceaselessly destroyed the
environment and produced food in an unsustainable way. The time has finally come for the earth to run out.
The diversity of crop seeds has plummeted due to the cultivation of single species selected for the sake of increased production. Sprayed in massive amounts, pesticides have given rise to more resilient insects. In order to overcome this phenomenon (i.e. to continue selling chemicals), pesticide companies have created genetically modified crops. In order to put meat on the table, pain-intensive, factory-style livestock farming cannot be avoided. We kill
and sweep up everything in the ocean to catch every last fish. However, much of the food produced at a great cost is wasted.
The films selected for the section “Eating Up the Planet” reflect on these problems and seek ways to resolve them.