The Global Banquet exposes globalization’s profoundly damaging effect on our food system in terms that are understandable to the non-specialist. It debunks several underlying myths about global hunger:
- That hunger results from scarcity;
- That small countries don’t know how to feed themselves; and
- That only market-driven, chemically-based, industrial agriculture can feed the world.
This film reveals how agribusiness squeezes out small farmers and how trade liberalization undercuts subsistence farming—in the U.S. as well as in the developing world. It demonstrates how food security is linked to social development and how women, in particular, are affected by that. And it links factory farming and the alteration and patenting of life forms to degradation of the natural environment.
Through interviews with farmers, policy analysts, and international activists, The Global Banquetexamines the ethical questions at the heart of the globalization debate. Beyond that, it shows how farmers, laborers, environmentalists, animal-rights activists, church groups, and students—worldwide—are mobilizing to address the situation.
James Goldstone Award for Excellence in Filmmaking (Vermont International Film Festival)
Cine Golden Eagle Award
U.S. International Film & Video Festival Award for Creative Excellence
Ongoing airings on PBS, Link-TV, and cable stations in the U.S.
Screenings and Festivals
United Nations Film Festival
Vermont International Film Festival
U.S. International Film and Video Festival
How to use this film:
The Global Banquet is a resource for families and community groups concerned about the globalization of food. It also offers a fresh perspective to high-school and college classes on subjects related to fair trade, social justice, animal rights, science and technology, and protection
of the natural environment. With its companion Discussion Guide, the film encourages a deeper look at:
- How government subsidies, corporate agricultural practices, and extremist free-trade policies widen the gap between rich and poor—how low-cost food leaves people hungry;
- The ethical and environmental consequences of factory farming, pesticide use, and genetic engineering;
- How a competitive food economy distorts our relationship to the land and to one another;
- How small-scale production using organic and alternative methods actually increases yield while supporting democracy, community, and cultural and biological diversity; and
- How a grassroots solidarity movement is bringing people together, worldwide, to reclaim their power and their rightful place in the larger web of life.
For additional information on globalization and hunger, we recommend the following websites:
Alternative Farming Systems
Bread for the World
Debt Relief Now
International Forum on Globalization