Youíve probably heard that our food is becoming more industrialized. Maybe discussion about how the farmer is going away or images likening the farming industry to more of an assembly line, similar to a car factory, have come across your news feed. While it seems logical, nothing has solidified this concept more than a six-minute clip from an interesting film called Samsara.
The 2011 film is a non-narrative documentary directed by Ron Fricke. Itís not a food documentary, it has no dialogue, and even though some images are disturbing, itís actually quite beautiful. The film explores many wonders of the world. It spans the globe looking at all aspects of the human experience. As it takes a tour of the food industry, eyes are opened.
The film clip captures how chickens are scooped up by a machine, sent down a chute, placed in drawers, and then sent down a conveyor belt to be pieced up for food. Cows are caged in beautiful symmetry as they are milked inside a factory-like building. Piglets nurse from their mothers who are caged in a patterned warehouse-like center, and then a line of pigs are rhythmically disemboweled as they make their way to processing. All the images are almost robotic, thereís no barns, no dirt, not a farmer in sight. It feels like youíre watching hypnotized drones as the food is being made ready for our tables.