“Eating Animals” Factory Farming Doc Slated for January 1 from IFC Films

IFC Films is releasing Eating Animals (DVD: $24.98) on January 1. Current methods of farming may ensure vast and reliable production, but they also raise thorny issues concerning the environment, health risks, and humane treatment of animals. Based on the bestselling book by Jonathan Safran Foer and narrated by co-producer Natalie Portman, director Christopher Quinn’s frank and uncompromising film is an urgent, eye-opening look at the environmental, economic, and public health consequences of factory farming. Tracing the history of food production in the United States, the film charts how farming has gone from local and sustainable to a corporate Frankenstein monster that offers cheap eggs, meat, and dairy at a steep cost: the exploitation of animals, the risky use of antibiotics and hormones, and the pollution of our air, soil, and water. Spotlighting farmers who have pushed backed against industrial agriculture with more humane practices, Eating Animals offers attainable, common-sense solutions to a growing crisis while making the case that ethical farming is not only an animal rights issue but one that affects every aspect of our lives.