In The Ghosts in Our Machine Director Liz Marshall follows acclaimed animal photographer Jo-Anne McArthur as she creates her book We Animals, a profound look at at how humans use animals daily as the food, clothing, animal tested goods and entertainment/companions. Through McArthur’s photographs we learn the stories of the animals she photographed, becoming intimately close with their stories and their brethren. The richness of the film and its warm, at times melancholy, tone enhances McArthur’s photography which features prominently along with her compassionate voice and writings as she meets, studies and interacts with her subjects.
|By: Michelle Chen Sunday June 16, 2013 5:20 pm|
Americans these days are nervous about what they eat, and they should be, what with outbreaks of foodborne illnesses, meat pumped with veterinary drugs and genetically modified organisms creeping into our groceries. And in May, when the iconic brand of Smithfield Foods was bought by a Chinese multinational, there seemed to be still more cause for alarm. China seems even more rife with food hazards: rivers brimming with pig carcasses, poisonous baby formula, lakes of toxic waste.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday January 7, 2012 10:00 am|
Fundamentally, the issue of antibiotic resistance isn’t about medicines or animals, but about the relationship between people and what we eat. These new disease risks point to ethical questions on industrial farming, the mass consumption of animals, and the workers at the heart of this enterprise. When basic health standards are ignored, everyone gets hurt.