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The Price of Progress is an exploration of money, power and health in the context of the food industry. As the world’s population swells, the film shows the pressures, emotions and motivations of the politicians, journalists, scientists and corporations involved. What is the future of the food we eat?
Víctor Luengo studied Fine Arts before moving to Journalism in 2005. He has worked as a press photo editor in Madrid and as a freelance photographer across South America, Cambodia, Madagascar and Europe. The Price of Progress is his first step into the world of documentary filmmaking.
Film Review: Humankind has always worked to improve farming practices. Never before has there been such a globalised, industrial approach to food production, with large corporations working to advance food science in order to feed a growing population and make a profit. The Price of Progress examines the risks of the EU, with its safe but stringent regulations, falling behind the rest of the world in food production. Should Europe relax its laws to gain higher profits at the risk of growing unsafe crops? The film presents the goals and arguments of corporations, scientists, regulators and ecologists, and explains how these conflict and could be balanced in the future. These interviews form the backbone of the film, with each interviewee stating their case with calm and reasoned arguments. It is clear, though, that everyone involved is frustrated. Interspersed between the interview segments are sequences showing the scale and complexity of modern agriculture. Images of pristine polytunnels stretching to the horizon are beautiful and awe-inspiring and, at the same time, disturbing and dystopian. The future of the food industry is something that should be important to everyone and The Price of Progress raises many of the questions societies will have to answer. Neil Brown