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Standing Ground explores how the unrestrained commodification of food production -- particularly the industrialization and globalization of food production from animals -- affects individuals, communities, animals, and the environment, contributes to biodiversity loss, climate change, and food insecurity.
Using stories of change and tradition, Standing Ground suggests that putting into practice a more informed ethic concerning the animals we raise for food is central to a socially just and ecologically sound and sustainable farming and food system.
In Standing Ground, scientists whose specialty is animal welfare explain how studying animal welfare increases our understanding of the biology and behaviors of farmed animal species and what they need to experience a high quality of life. Farmers in developed and developing countries show how this knowledge helps them farm in harmony with nature and enriches both animal lives and the public good. Consumers express their demands for ecologically responsible farming and safe, high quality food from animals. Policymakers, government officials, educators, and social visionaries illuminate key social and environmental justice issues linked to animal welfare.
Children feature prominently in the film, exhibiting their appreciation and describing their aspirations for the animals they love. Their sensibilities embody the world’s hope for a more compassionate and sustainable future, exemplifying the family friendly nature of farming in harmony with nature.