A heart-stopping new documentary, A River Of Waste exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. The damage documented in today’s factory farms far exceeds the damage that was depicted in Upton Sinclair’s novel, The Jungle, a book written over 100 years ago. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices “mini Chernobyls.”
The European Union stands virtually alone in establishing strong health and environmental standards for the industry. In the U.S and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones, and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health as well as focuses on individual lives damaged and destroyed.
As one observer noted, if terrorists did this, we would be up in arms, but when it is a fortune 500 company, it is just “business as usual.”
In 1906, public outrage at the scandal exposed by Sinclair led to major reforms that cleaned up a corrupt and dangerous system. It is the hope of the filmmakers to mobilize a similar public outcry for reform.
About the Filmmakers
A River of Waste was produced by Cinema Libre Studio and directed by Don McCorkell. Find out more about the film at ariverofwaste.com.
“River exposes the huge health and environmental scandal that is our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. The picture the film paints is one of an industry dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, and growth hormones while also dumping massive amounts of sewage into fragile community waterways. This film truly documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health that is caused by our world’s massive consumption of cheap meat. I wouldn’t go out for hamburgers afterward.” – Animals Australia. “A River of Waste: The Real Food, Inc.” 21 Aug 2009
“Not for the faint-hearted. I was left with our report card on our industrial food chain and deep shame for the legacy we are passing to those who come after. I will urge our congress critters to immediately adopt European standards for our industrial food production. This movie shocked, angered, and had me sobbing in my swivel rocker.” – Friends and Film. “A Must See Film: A River of Waste.” 23 Aug 2009
“The notion that our food system is the safest in the world is nothing more than a lie,” states Don McCorkell, a former Oklahoma Congressman who is the director of this troubling and scary documentary about the environmental and health problems being caused by modern poultry and meat production farms. Most of these factory farms are owned by a handful of large corporations and they are operating for one goal alone: the bottom line of profit.” – Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat. Spirituality and Practice. A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth about Factory Farms.
“A River of Waste is a powerful exposé about animal agribusiness and the harm it causes animals, the planet, and public health. Watch this film and show it to your friends and family.” – Paul Shapiro, Humane Society of the United States
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