Distributor:  dGenerate Films
Length:  29 minutes
Date:  2014
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Mandarin / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
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What's For Dinner?

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A unique look into the rapidly growing consumption of meat in China, the increasing industrialization of agriculture. and its effect on sustainability, public health, food security, climate change, and animal welfare.

What's For Dinner?

Meat is now central to billions of people's daily meals. The environmental, climate, public health, ethical, and human impacts are enormous and remain largely undocumented. 'What's For Dinner?' explores this terrain in fast-globalizing China through the eyes of a retired pig farmer in rural Jiangxi province; a vegan restaurateur in Beijing; a bullish young livestock entrepreneur; and residents of the province known as the 'world's factory' contending with water polluted by wastes from pig factory farms. They personalize the vast trends around them, in a country on the cusp of becoming a world power. Given that every fifth person in the world is Chinese, what the Chinese eat and how China produces its food, affects not only China, but the world, too.

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** Osian's-Cinefan Festival, New Delhi, India 2012.
** The Awareness Film Festival, Los Angeles, California 2011.
** The Green Film Festival in Seoul, Korea, 2011.
** San Diego Asian Film Festival, San Diego, California, 2011


Main credits

Jian, Yi (Director)
Ludwig, Susannah (Producer)

Other credits

Editor, Sikay Tang; cinematographer, Pan Kewu; music, Xie Zheng.

Distributor credits

A film by Jian Yi

Docuseek2 subjects

Agriculture and Food
Health, Healthcare, Medicine and Nursing
Asian Studies

Distributor subjects

Health Issues
dGenerate Films Collection - Documentaries


Meat; environment; agriculture; health; healthcare; sustainable; globalization; pig farming; pollution; waste; Beijing; China; Tian Yongsheng; Wen Bo; Xie Zheng; vegan; vegetarian; "What's For Dinner?"; Icarus Films

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