'A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth ...'
(Don McCorkell, Drew Edmonson, et al / DVD / NR / (2008) 2009 / Cinema Libre)
Overview: A heart-stopping new documentary, 'A RIVER OF WASTE' exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production.
Verdict: 'A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms' is one very troubling and scary documentary about the environmental and health problems being caused by modern poultry and meat production farms. As we find out within the storytelling of this just-over-the-hour documentary, most of these factory farms are owned by a handful of large corporations and they are operating for one goal alone: the bottom line of profit. Not unexpected of an answer, I'll grant you, but still, when Don McCorkell, a former Oklahoma Congressman (and who is the Director of this tale) informs us that "The notion that our food system is the safest in the world is nothing more than a lie," you kinda instantly sit up and take notice.
Indeed, this film is a must have for anyone remotely interested in, or concerned about the impact poultry factory farms is having on not only Oklahoma's water sources and human health but worldwide. The Director traveled throughout the world interviewing scientific experts, politicians, and concerned citizens in an effort to see how the problem had been dealt with in other venues and what could be done in the U.S. His findings, well, will make you angry and hopeful, in equal parts - thankfully.
For, as we progress, McCorkell keeps a tally, comparing the operation of factory farms here and abroad and gives the U.S. failing marks for ammonia, antibiotics, growth hormones, odors and dust, animal welfare, high levels of arsenic, and the dumping of sewage into waterways.
But, as mentioned before, you will become hopeful when hearing the scientific experts describe how problems within the system can be eliminated through sustainable, available, safe agriculture practices and that there are a few elected officials willing to risk their political future by challenging these corporate farmers that hide behind economic development.
People that are seen making their case against meat and poultry production farms include Paul Shapiro, Senior Director of the Humane Society's Factory Farming Campaign; Drew Edmonson, Oklahoma's Attorney General; and Dr. Robert Lawrence of the John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs but does not come with any Special Features.