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Beef Inc. ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB523025
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Éric Michel
Directors:  Carmen Garcia
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Agriculture, Business Studies, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Environmental Studies, Family Studies/Home Economics, Global Issues, Global Studies, Health and Medicine, Science, Social Issues, Social Studies, World History
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1999
Running Time:  50m 04s
Closed Captions:  Yes


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A struggle for control of the world food market is waging, and the battle promises to escalate in the 21st century. Beef Inc. examines how a handful of companies have come to dominate beef production and distribution in North America.

As traditional farming falls victim to agri-business, small producers and consumers are paying the price. What has been a way of life for generations is now solely a money-making venture for big business. In the beef industry, a strategy of 'intense livestock production' has been implemented to boost profit margins. Cattle are housed and fattened in overcrowded feed lots, a situation which exposes them to disease. To combat this, the animals are systematically vaccinated, given antibiotics and pumped with growth hormones. No regard is given to the potential health risks to consumers or the quality of the end product.

This film gives a voice to the independent cattle producer who, unable to compete with the corporations, find themselves being squeezed out of the industry. In French with English subtitles.

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