We Feed The World

Every day in Vienna the amount of unsold bread sent back to be disposed of is enough to supply Austria’s second-largest city, Graz. Around 350,000 hectares of agricultural land, above all in Latin America, are dedicated to the cultivation of soybeans to feed Austria’s livestock while one quarter of the local population starves. Every European eats ten kilograms a year of artificially irrigated greenhouse vegetables from southern Spain, with water shortages the result.

In WE FEED THE WORLD, Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer traces the origins of the food we eat. His journey takes him to France, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil and back to Austria.

Leading us through the film is an interview with Jean Ziegler, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food.

WE FEED THE WORLD is a film about food and globalisation, fishermen and farmers, long-distance lorry drivers and high-powered corporate executives, the flow of goods and cash flow–a film about scarcity amid plenty. With its unforgettable images, the film provides insight into the production of our food and answers the question what world hunger has to do with us .

Interviewed are not only fishermen, farmers, agronomists, biologists and the UN’s Jean Ziegler, but also the director of production at Pioneer, the world’s largest seed company, as well as Peter Brabeck, Chairman and CEO of Nestlé International, the largest food company in the world.

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  1. Is there an option for subtitles? I don’t have a second language. Is there anyway I can watch this with English subtitles anywhere

  2. make industrial trawling illegal!!!!!

  3. It is good to show that the only things the capitalist think of is how to make more and more and more money .No moral ,no respect ,no heart ,savage ,iggoestisch..and those are the real criminal because of distroying our klimet ,soil, air and nature.

    I prefare to live a primative life than living what so called Modern and civilized distructive system.

  4. I´ve been wondering for a long time now, about the fact that whenever you walk into a conveniency store, there´s tonnes of vegetables of all kind at display.

    Those things never run out. They just keep coming, the shelves are always filled to the brink. So there is huge amounts of exess.

    Having worked in this chain of food, seeing how much of it is going to waste, made me think about the increase of value on food. Every single action in that chain is added to the price of each piece of chicken, cucumber or whatever you might think of. Starting from the ridiculously low wages down at the bottom, up until the waste management of huge piles of rotting vegetables and meat.

    I make money out of this cycle myself. I make money out of too much to eat. There´s no sense in this.

    This was actually proven as the unions went on strike and bigger companies´ products did not reach the market.
    The smaller companies then started producing more, their workers getting slightly better paid to begin with. They had no reason to go on strike.

    No one died of hunger. I surely did not. I just buyed what was there, and there was still some leftover.

    There is simply too much of people in food processing business, we have become too dependant of it. There must be too much of food because if there was not, half the population would be out of work in the lack of food transport and processing.

    There is just too much of people. And we are being hearded like cows to reproduce more because the more we reproduce, the more the corporates will have future clients. Clients who HAVE TO buy the corporate products.

  5. Thank you so much, this was a good read. I was actually born in Madrid (I’m not telling what year though!) but was moved around various parts of europe and finally settled in the UK when I was 5. I dont remember an awful lot of the few years I was in spain, but the smell of spanish food always seems to ring a bell in me or something. It’s weird how I dont remember anything except the smells,isn’t it! I actually found a website dedicated to spanish recipes, which gave me great delight and thought I really should to share. Anyway, thank you again. I’ll get my husband to add your website to my rss thing…

  6. chill out, there will be no cataclysm if you just do the following:

    ignore alll of them (industries) and create your own self sustainable world of producing your own food, electricity and community with others like you. start simply by buying of a piece of land and preparing it for seeding.

    • That would be a great idea, if everyone managed to do it. But I’m guessing most won’t. And when the shortages hit all of them, they’ll bring the cataclysm to you and your gardens in hungry swarms like locusts. Good luck!

  7. i didn’t believe in evil until i saw the look of utter chagrin on the face of the nestle monster…
    “the nerve of these– what do you call them?– *humans* to think that they could be alive without paying us handling fees for the most abundant substance on earth.”
    this video reminds me why i stopped believing in humanity years ago. 🙁

    • I completely agree with you, money or power is never enough with these kink of creatures ,I didn´t knew much about nestle , But in these few minutes the CEO Peter Brabeck Letmathe with his invaluable expertise took nestle image to the bottom.

  8. Great documentary thanks

  9. Perhaps, but it’s watchable due to the vital information that it’s presenting, in fact it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve seen here and I urge you all to watch it and take a moment to reflect upon the upcoming cataclysm…

    Special thanks to Erwin Wagenhofer for showing the world as it is!

  10. Picture quality is so poor that it’s unwatchable.