I really enjoyed this film and it honestly opened my eyes to how quickly downhill our agriculture is going and has gone. From the way I understood it, monoculture is taking over the agricultural world (or already has) and it is becoming extremely dangerous. I remember from the film somebody saying that monoculture cannot go on forever. Eventually the soil will be unable to produce the quality and quantity that it does now because of all of the pesticides and fertilizers. The soil is becoming less and less nutritionally balanced because of the farmers not switching around the crops. If the soil isn't full of nutrients than it will directly affect the nutrients in the food that we eat. They provided a statistic that stated the nutritional value has diminished by 40 % in the last 50-60 years. This is incredible, in an awful way. The nutritional value has been almost cut in half, and this could be easily avoided. They said in the film that a medium sized organic farm CAN feed the world. Industrial farms are not needed, they are hurting our economy and are taking away from our agricultural economies true potential.
A question that I have is, Are industrial farms beneficial in some cases? Or could we totally wipe out the industrial farm and lean our whole weight on the conventional farmers. Where does all of the waste go that is infested with hormones, pesticides and all of these other chemicals? We can't use it as fertilizer because that would definitely cause problems. The conventional way of farming worked and it was safer for everyone (especially the animals). Why can't we go back? I think it would help boost our economy by a great deal.
Some direct quotes that I found interesting from the film:
"If we take care of the grass, it will take care of the animals"
"If you want to heal the land, mix it up a little"