Center for Food Integrity CEO Charlie Arnot sat down with Food, Inc. director/producer Robert Kenner at the 2009 Food System Summit Oct. 6-7 and asked questions that were presented by the audience. What follows are a few of the Q&As that demonstrated the lack of knowledge and different perspectives that went into making the film.
Charlie Arnot: Ninety-eight percent of farms in
Robert Kenner: It’s harder to farm unless you are a huge food producer. One of the things that is lost is we don’t have integrated farms; we no longer have animals on the farm. It costs more to raise a pig on a diversified farm than someone who buys subsidized corn feed. If the government is supporting the industrial system, the question is, is the industrial system sustainable? It takes a lot of oil to run the system.
We can produce more food in a CAFO operation, but can we feed the world with more organic type farms? I don’t know the answer to that. The danger of industrial operations is based on gasoline and pollution.
Arnot: You raised a lot of questions but didn’t offer solutions.
Arnot: Farming has become industrialized, capital intensive, has industrialization become bad or wrong for society?
Arnot: Sustainability is a hard term to define. What is your working definition?