This is the story of a personal and universal quest: is it still possible to eat animals while respecting their well-being, the planet and our health? First-time father and investigative journalist Benoît Bringer thinks about what he gives his son to eat. To feed an ever-increasing population, the world has embarked on a frenzied productivity race which results in animal cruelty which is often overlooked in addition to major health and environmental issues. We are starting to become aware of this, but is there an alternative? USA, Portugal, France, Sweden, Germany: Benoît Bringer travels across the globe to reveal the horrendous excesses of industrial rearing and above all to find out if it is possible to do things differently. By meeting men and women who are inventing another form of livestock farming which respects nature and animals, this film presents many positive and practical initiatives which are already working and which could change how we eat meat in the future. Please note the full version of this film is not available in Canada, USA, Germany and Belgium.
Becoming a father led me to take a fresh look at what we put on our plates. Giving my son his first mouthfuls of food and looking at the animals around us through his eyes were the starting points of a personal and universal quest into how we eat. As if suddenly, for his sake, I had an obligation to find out. Ultimately, will I continue to feed my child meat?
Why we selected this film
This positive and optimistic film shows us that there are other rearing methods that respect the environment and are compassionate to the animals they “produce”. Raising the right questions, considering the world we wish to leave to future generations and the type of food we wish to produce and eat, this film urges us to take matters in hand as proactive consumers.
- Festival International Nature Namur 2018, Belgique : Prix de l’Environnement - Life Sciences Film Festival de Prague 2018, République Tchèque : Prix de la Faculté d’Agrobiologie, de l’Alimentation et des Ressources Naturelles
Consume less dairy, eggs and meat
Greenpeace recommends a maximum of 12kg of meat issued from eco-friendly breeding farms per year and per person (so, about 230g a week) and 26kg of milk per year and per person (or 1/2L per week). It’s up to each to switch to a vegan or a vegetarian diet of course, which allows to contribute even more to the collective effort to reduce the consumption of animal products.
Think pulses and dried fruits
They bring you good fats, unlike the meat products’ saturated fats and make you feel full faster.
Choose eco-friendly foods
(for example products carrying the “organic” label). The more organic farming gains in popularity and volume, the less greenhouse gases we’ll emit. For instance, pesticides, nitrogen based fertilizers and GMOs can’t be used.
To learn more: greenpeace.fr/agriculture-ecologique/
Consuming locally produced food reduces the number of intermediaries, shortens highly polluting transportation and contributes greatly to reinforce the economic vitality of our regions.
To learn more: bioetlocalcestlideal.org
Eat seasonal products
When buying seasonal fruits and vegetables that were not greenhouse-raised, you help in diminishing the energy used in growing them, therefore you’re helping to lessen the impact of farming on the climate.
Download the Greenpeace seasonal fruit, vegetable and cereal calendar: