I hope to inspire viewers to think about the longevity of plastics the next time they use a single-use plastic bottle or similar plastic products and perhaps try to make more sustainable decisions after thinking about the environmental consequences of their actions.
A great deal of the film also focuses on human and animal rights. The food industry has an almost unlimited, convenient, and cheap supply of labor: the poor and immigrants. Overall, the film does a great job of showing how mass food production is no longer a natural process, but instead a highly mechanized, industrial system led by a few powerful people separated from the grim reality of animal agriculture.
At a time when a quarter of our food travels from farm to garbage, and one in six Americans goes hungry, food waste is truly one of the most pressing global issues we face. After researching the issue of food waste, I have gained a new perspective on its impact on climate change, and the necessity (and feasibility) of reversing its effects. Fixing the issue can be as simple as purchasing produce with slight imperfections, or buying only necessary amounts of food, in order to give back to the earth what we have taken away. No longer can we allow the problem to fester and scrape our food off of our plates without a second thought. It is time for all of us to take responsibility for the planet that we call home.
And that is the beauty of a garden. You get to try it all, again. You get to experience it, immerse yourself in the buzzing and blooming beauty of the plants and then months later look wistfully at the brown, or more often white-encrusted earth, imagining all the possibilities that will come with the next spring.
Environmental issues concerning production of red meats have been present for years, and now are reaching unsustainable levels. Being more conscious of the foods you eat is a simple, effective way to not only boost your own health, but also protect the environment. Ultimately, we will need to enforce more regulations to mitigate the impact of livestock production, but making slight alterations to your diet is a big first step to a healthier planet and a healthier you.