WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE TO FACTORY FARMING?
Narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, and directed by Christopher Quinn (God Grew Tired Of Us), EATING ANIMALS posits a key question: what is the alternative to factory farming?
Nearly all of the meat, eggs, and dairy we eat comes from the industrial system known as factory farming. This system destroys our environment and harms public health, and never before has humankind caused more suffering.
Based on Jonathan Safran Foer's critically acclaimed book of the same name, EATING ANIMALS spotlights the heroic farmers, whistleblowers, and innovators who are standing up, against all odds, to fight this system and provide a new way forward.
Eating Animals is executive produced by the founders of Twitter, Evan Williams and Biz Stone.
Part memoir and part investigative report, Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals is the only book in the category “animal rights” besides Peter Singer’s 1973 classic Animal Liberation that has remained a top ten Amazon bestseller since its original publication in 2009. Since then, the U.S. version of Eating Animals has sold 400,000 copies and the book has become an international bestseller with language rights sold in 27 countries.
Soon after Eating Animals’ release, Duke University, the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and other educational institutions made the book required reading for their entire incoming classes, and today, Eating Animals is still required reading in numerous undergraduate classes and in writing seminars at Boston University, Princeton University, and others. The book has also been discussed in the Israeli and Dutch parliaments.
Over the course of five years, we have been following and filming our main subjects, as well as industry experts, which has allowed for extraordinarily intimate access, and provided the ability to capture authentic stories over time, showing both the small victories, and more common despairs, of those toiling in the soil. Production has taken us across the U.S. and back, and around the globe from India to China, Stockholm to Berlin, and beyond.
Eating Animals aims to alter the very frame of public discussion about industrial agriculture and the future of meat, shifting media debates, minds, and markets alike. Moving past any sense that factory farming is a concern only for animal or environmental activists, we paint a vivid portrait of how industrial agriculture unraveled core national values and changed the world for the worse. The fight to end factory farming emerges not only as a fight to eliminate what may be the greatest crime against animal life ever committed, but as a common sense and economic necessity.
“Eating Animals offers the kind of wisdom that, in all its humanity and clarity, deserves a place at the table with our greatest philosophers”
THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
“Vital viewing for concerned carnivores as well as converted vegans”
“A persuasive, far-ranging case...
offers plenty to chew on”
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“One of the most important documentaries of our time”
“A difficult watch, but an essential one”
“A heartfelt, historically acute and horrifying account of factory farming’s rise and fallout”
“An eye-opening reality check”