TV series: Farmed and Dangerous 美劇揭食物危機

The series, titled Farmed and Dangerous, starts on February 17 and stars Ray Wise, of Twin Peaks and Mad Men fame. Like Chipotle’s previous short films Back To The Startand The Scarecrow, the aim of the series is to entertain audiences and in turn raise debate about industrial farming practices (while emphasising Chipotle’s commitment to sustainable farming). Wise plays Buck Marshall, a cartoon-like evil corporate figure who represents the Industrial Food Image Bureau, a department devoted to presenting the industrial agriculture business in terms that are palatable to the public.

The series is not some make-up stories, but things that actually happening around the world. There are farmers feed their animals with hormones and antibiotics to make them grow faster and bigger, while if we eat more of that kind of meat, the weaker our inborn antibiotic system will be. FAO’s 2009 report shows food used by the  industrial farming practices can feed 3.5billion people for one year.

美國電視短篇劇《Farmed and Dangerous》以食物安全為題,故事講述畜牧業巨頭公司 Animoil 為減低成本,使用一種名為 Petropellet 的石油藥丸餵飼動物;男主角 Chip Randolph 揭發了這不可告人的秘密,因而牽起一連串風波。劇情還涉及基因改造食物危機及動物權益等的綠色議題。預告片中,出現了長有四對翅膀的雞隻,是劇中科學家為增加雞翼產量研發出來的怪物。

然而,劇情並不是完全虛構;現實中,的確有不少牧場為了令動物快高長大,減少病痛,給動物餵飼激素及抗生素。有研究指,人類長期進食這些肉類,細菌的抗藥性便會提高,令抗生素功效下降。此外,畜牧業又經常造成糧食浪費:聯國會2009年的報告便指出,將餵飼動物的大豆及玉米拿來供人類食用,已經足夠35億人一年內的卡路里所需。

正因如此,《Farmed and Dangerous》的製作人希望透過峰迴路轉的劇情,讓大家關注食物安全問題。一連四集的新劇將於2月17日起在網上播映。

Source:Creative Review

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