IN THE NEWS: A River of Waste: The Real Food Inc

Animals Australia

Animals Australia team

Last updated 21 August 2009

Source: Bite the Best

The theatrical release of Food, Inc. has certainly got a lot of people talking. It is in this line of thinking that Cinema Libre Studios has released their own eye-opening documentary about the environmental hazards of our modern meat and poultry production farms. The film, entitled A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth about Factory Farms, delves deeply into the subject of CAFOs (Confined Animal Feeding Operations) in its examination of our food system. These factory farms are at the center of the maelstrom, getting much of the attention for many legislative campaigns fighting against practices like animal cruelty, environmental violations and the depletion of natural resources.

The film features a myriad of expert interviews; including Paul Shapiro, Sr. Director of the Humane Society’s Factory Farming Campaign, Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma’s Attorney General, Dr. Michael Greger of the Humane Society, and Dr. Robert Lawrence of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future just to name a few. Amazingly, River of Waste was directed by a former Oklahoma Congressman, Don McCorkell. The film has already been selected to numerous festivals across the country and received the Silver Award at the Houston International Film Festival as well as taking Best Documentary honors at the Eugene International Film Festival.

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 afterwards.

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