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|Production country:||Österreich 2016|
|Running time:||Ca. 91 Min|
|Rated:||From 0 years|
Life on the farm! Especially for people from the city this was an idyllic idea for a long time. But reality has little in common with the romanticized idea. Many companies are struggling to survive or have been forced to give up. Because the mantra of industry - faster, cheaper, more - drives them to ruin. Either it is not possible to keep up with the big competition or the revenues are not sufficient to cover the running costs - even if the business seems to be going well at first glance. As different as agriculture may be, everyone agrees that it cannot go on like this.
In his new documentary "Bauer unser" Robert Schabus, who himself grew up on a farm in Upper Carinthia, takes an unembellished, highly interesting look at the current situation of agriculture. Farmers will have their say as well as EU politicians. The film presents various forms of modern agriculture - from organic farmers to small dairy farmers to large farms such as an egg farmer with 65,000 laying hens. The viewer is given an insight into everyday working life, whereby the protagonists honestly tell us what they see as the biggest problems and how they try to counteract them. This can work, both on a very modest scale and on a large scale. But it is not uncommon for farmers to pay even more to farm their farms - and that is not only discouraging for them, but also threatens their very existence.
With distanced objectivity, which results from the fact that Schabus completely withdraws himself and lets only the protagonists from agriculture and politics have their say, the film unmasks the problems, but at the same time also shows that there are solutions. It is frustrating that it would actually be relatively easy to create a system here from which everyone - farmers and consumers alike - could benefit in the long term. But for the customer this would mean higher prices and for the industry less profit. And unfortunately, we live in a world where few people are willing to pay this price.
From this point of view, "Bauer unser" is absolutely frustrating. But to see that there are ways out and that there are people fighting for justice, there is a little hope in the end. But at the end of the day this is an absolutely important documentation, because the topic concerns all of us and because even a slight change in one's buying behaviour can contribute to something turning for the better. For as long as consumers are not prepared to pay enough for milk and butter so that the people who produce it for us can make a living from it, nothing will change. And that would be really fatal in the long run! Therefore: Absolutely worth seeing!
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