Facing food's disgusting truths

Can you love an animal that’s been genetically modified to die and become the food on your plate in six weeks? Sundance award-winning director Christopher Dillon Quinn, brings his newest documentary on factory farming, “Eating Animals,” which he produced with Academy Award winner Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer, to “Salon Talks.” The film, adapted from Foer's critically acclaimed book of the same name, starts out with a simple question: where do our eggs, dairy and meat come from?

“Eating Animals” explores the difficult notion of stepping away from factory farm practices that have polluted our environment, endangered our health, and caused complicit attitudes around the inhumane treatment of animals. "It’s really about an idea of presenting the case of maybe eating a lot less meat, and eating quality meat coming from people who actually care for the animals,” Quinn said.

Much of farming today is “kind of like farming by accounting almost,” Quinn told Salon’s Alli Joseph. “The average chicken, broiler chickens what they call it, goes to processing and goes to the slaughter house in 35 to 42 days. That’s really remarkable when you think about it … they genetically changed or altered the bird so that it ends up growing at this accelerated rate.”

Watch the video above to learn about the history of factory farming, what consumers can do to minimize animal abuse, and the farmers trying to move away from the factory farming system. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on Salon, Facebook and Periscope.

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