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Hope & Fear in the New Food World

14 Mar

The weather’s turning warm here, warm enough that it’s actually freaking me out a little. Kansan temperatures will get into the 80s this week, and for a child of New England, with its April snow days, a girl of the mountains with snow caps all year round — I can’t help but feel the warmth as a harbinger of the new world, the post-climate change world, in which the havoc we have wrecked is upon us.

But still, there is so much joy in warm weather, in windows open, rolled down, sleeves up, legs bare. As I walked home from school this afternoon, sweating lightly in my short-sleeved dress, I thought about holding on to this dual sense of hope and doom, the equal promise of spring and the fear of global warming. And I thought about food.

I thought of how food offers us both the same reasons to be both hopeful and afraid. Nearly every day, stories pass in front of my eyes that give me cause to shake my head with indignation. Stories about pink slime (demystified well here) and locust-like plagues of corn rootworm from GE seeds. This is the stuff of apocalypse — and that statement grows less hyperbolic each day, in a world where whole countries are relocating to avoid the effects of climate change.

But there is cause for hope, too. There are myriad stories of good news, like the slow and long-overdue phasing-out of the pork gestation crate. But more than tangible, hard news, I see mounting evidence of a sea change in the way people think of food.

I see hope in Seattle, where the city plans to construct a seven-acre public-access food forest.

I see hope in central Iowa, where customers at my old co-op can now buy locally-grown aquaponic tilapia, and the greens fertilized with their waste.

I even see hope in the Twitter debate over banning pink slime from school lunches — where even those from the beef industry are forced to refer to the substance as pink slime, which they would prefer we call “lean finely-texture beef.” Just as with the — in my view — failure of the corn industry’s rebranding campaign of high fructose corn syrup as corn sugar, people are no longer fooled.

We are no longer fooled and we no longer want to be. We know there is much to be afraid of in the world of food – or in this unseasonably warm March weather. But we refuse any longer to turn away from what those dangerous signs are telling us. That is cause for hope — but soon, we must turn it into action.

Nibbles: What We Didn’t Eat This Week

3 Feb

Quite a variety of happenings in the world of food this week.

The Good

An illuminating new report out by the cooking & nutrition charity Share Our Strength provides concrete evidence that low-income families do cook at home more often than they eat fast food, and would like to be able to do so even more. I like Marion Nestle’s coverage, as she’s not afraid to nod towards some of the corporate influence the report contains. Good news, nonetheless.

Colorado is considering a state-wide ban on trans-fats in school lunch programs. Colorado is also, interestingly, the least-obese state in the nation (you can’t really say “thinnest” in a country where obesity is over 30% across the board). Coincidence?

In more school lunch reform news, the USDA announced this week its new rules (yes, actual rules here) that will increase the amounts of fruits and vegetables, and eliminate some meat requirements in its school lunch program. As Mark Bittman says, imperfect as the new rules may be, 32 million kids are about to start eating better.

Jane Black has a nice piece in The Washington Post discussing the rise in flexible CSA options. While I think her editorial brushes off the consumer benefits of a regular CSA too dismissively, I’ve loved my past flexible CSAs for the access they provided someone who couldn’t afford a full share.

The Bad

This article isn’t bad so much as slightly annoying. A new study out of the Washington State University purports to help reform the beef industry’s image by claiming cattle ranches are significantly more environmentally-friendly than thirty years ago. File under — yes, and…?

I mentioned one lawsuit Monsanto is currently facing. Here is another! A class-action case that claims the company spread toxic substances all over a town in West Virginia in the course of producing a chemical component of Agent Orange. The toxic substances listed are mainly dioxins, which have been linked to cancer.

and the (very) Ugly

The Humane Society of the United States (which has, in the last few years, done a really impressive job ramping up its advocacy of livestock animals along with homeless pets) released a new undercover video documenting standard pork industry practice for raising pigs.

Graphic images included.

Tom Philpott’s analysis cuts to the core:

The remarkable thing…is how banal it is. What we have here is the everyday reality of pigs’ lives on a factory farm, without regulations flouted or spectacular violence committed. It is abuse routinized and regimented, honed into a profitable business model.

The video even got NYTimes sustainability blogger Andrew Revkin interested. He’s got a response from the Oklahoma Pork Council (which suggests that images were “taken out of context,” leaving me to ask — is there a context in which these practices are acceptable?) and takes the opportunity to wonder if this might continue to make the case for test-tube meat. Not if the omnivores here on We*Meat*Again have anything to say about it, right?

Happy Weekend, All!


Links Roundup & Food Rules Giveaway Winner!

27 Jan

First, your weekly dose of links from around the world of food…

Gary Hirshberg, CEO of organic pioneers Stonyfield Yogurt, announced this week he will be stepping down from that position to take full part in the new Just Label It! campaign to promote GMO-awareness.

On Mother Jones, Tom Philpott has two great articles detailing some of the momentous GMO-related announcements the USDA tried to sneak in before the new year (along with the earlier-reported cave on antibiotic regulation). One on how Dow Chemical is teaming up with Monsanto here, and another on Monsanto’s new GM-corn here. You can read the original USDA announcements here.

This one’s not current, but I just found it this week, and thought I’d share: Best Colleges Online has a list of the 10 Most Impressive Farm to School programs.

And along those lines, CBS This Morning had a great segment on the notion of “the nanny state” and the First Lady’s Let’s Move! campaign. Watch the whole segment for the amazing Chef Jose Andres and his eloquent, concise explanation of why the answer is yes, yes they should.

And finally, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. The winner of We*Meat*Again’s first-ever giveaway, for a brand new copy of the illustrated edition of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules!

Our winner is #5: John!

When asked what his favorite food rule is, John wrote:

Buy local, fresh, *often*. Maybe daily.

A problem with buying real food — especially local organic food — can be the price, and the fact that the food goes bad in the fridge after a few days and you end up throwing half of it out. Well. If you can find a convenient place, especially on your way to/from work/school/whatever, just plan for the night’s meal en route and buy what you need for that day, that day. Making daily stops at the local grocer or co-op can be much more cost-effective than trying to work too far ahead, when it comes to fresh fruits and veggies.

Of course, We*Meat*Again LOVES John’s take on the food rules — words for us all to live by! Congratulations, John! I’ll be in touch regarding details of delivery soon.

In all seriousness, though, the giveaway was to celebrate the recent blog milestone of 10,000 site visits. I’m so thrilled and humbled that this little blog is worth that much attention. When I started it last May, I had no idea we’d be here — and I have all you to thank. So thank you for being a part of our We*Meat*Again community, come back often, and as always, let me know what you’re thinking, what you’re wondering, or what you’d like to see more of!

A Twinkie Eulogy

19 Jan

The big news in food this week is that Hostess has (again) filed for bankruptcy. Hostess, the makers of those little sugar bomb cupcakes, the bizarrely pink Sno-Ball, and of course, the Twinkie.

Now, Hostess and their investors suggest that this may not actually mean an end to the production of these baked goods, as they have made it out of bankruptcy once before. But I thought the time seemed apt to take a moment to mourn the passing of the Twinkie. Because think about it — when was the last time you ate a Twinkie (or Sno-Ball or Hostess cupcake)?

All images courtesy of Dwight Eschilman

Ok, so you read food blogs for fun. You aren’t any longer really the Hostess market share. But who do you know who might be? A young child? A teenager with extra cash? A harried mom looking for a quick snack at the 7-11 on her way to soccer practice?

How many of them eat Twinkies?

My point here is that the food movement is the death knell of the Twinkie, and as people who care about good, whole, healthy sustainable foods become more and more the norm in America, the Twinkie starts to become less indulgent treat and more truly horrifying chemical composition. The photos in this post are from a really cool project called “37 or so ingredients” by the photographer Dwight Eschliman to photograph all the ingredients in a Twinkie. As you can see, none are what we would call “real” ingredients.

But I think there’s something more to do here than cheer and declare victory and assume there will be less disgustingly unhealthy snacks for people to grab at convenience stores from here on out. As guest poster Daniel Meyer observed on Mark Bittman’s blog today, the Twinkie has a storied American history. And I think remembering the times we did eat Twinkies is an important part to moving forward into a sustainable food future where we never allow ourselves to go there again.

The last time I ate Hostess treats with any regularity was in high school. Specifically, in the early morning behemouth of a time-waster known at Merrimack High as “cafe study.” For reasons of overflow and understaffing, seniors in my high school were allowed to take up to two study periods a day, and were permitted to have those study halls in the cafeteria, so as not required to be quiet.

What this meant is that for the entire last year of high school, I spent two and a half unobserved hours sitting around in a cafeteria, talking with my friends and eating junk food. We would make daily pilgrimages to the school store or the snack line (which included, in my high school cafeteria, a Taco Bell), where my regular daily purchase was a bag of cool ranch Doritos, a bottle of YooHoo and a cellophane-wrapped package of Hostess cupcakes (eat the bottom first, save the icing crust for last.)

Delicious. But of course, gross.

I recount all this not just as a cautionary tale, or a eww-remember-when memory, but to remember that we didn’t always know better.

We haven’t all been born with a raised food consciousness. A great many people my age (and in generations older and younger) have discovered and developed our food awareness–some very recently. For me, it’s only really been about three and a half years. In the 80s and 90s, we trusted food companies, and convenience was king. As my friend Steve recently reminded me in his (forthcoming) “How I Became a Foodie” essay, anything that could be thrown together out of a package, out of a box, anything frozen or pre-packaged or canned was very much in.

We loved and ate Twinkies because they tasted, in a completely disgusting way, delicious, of course. Their saccarin sweetness appeals to our basest biological desires for food. But we also ate Twinkies because we genuinely didn’t know any better. Because we had no reason to believe a food company might willfully be feeding us something that could hurt us.

We’ve come a long way. babies. And so I give the Twinkie a little middle-finger salute as it goes, hoping I always remember to look back at it, and promise to try my best to think hard about what’s in  my food and where it comes from, from here on out.

Do you harbor any nostalgia for the Twinkie (or some other undead, processed food) from childhood or adulthood? Leave a comment and share your favorite “I can’t believe I ate that!” food memory here!

And make sure to stop by last week’s post and leave a comment to enter for a chance to win a copy of the new, illustrated edition of Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, as We*Meat*Again celebrates our 1000th site visit!

Eating Well on Wall Street

14 Oct

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore the Occupy Wall Street movement (as it has certainly become more than an individual protest now) and I find this pretty rad. I could certainly go on about just how inspiring it is to finally see my generation standing up for something, and to finally see this whole social media experiment working to some positive mobilizing effects, many many people have already written about it and have done so much more articulately than I could.

But I thought I’d use this week’s link roundup post to feature some of the great writing that’s been done connecting the food movement to the Wall Street uprising.

Civil Eats had two great posts today: one on the connection between the anti-corporate sentiments of the protests and the food movement, and another on the push for social equality in food justice alongside corporate accountability.

Similarly, Tom Philpott this week writes about the misperception that agriculture isn’t big business, and takes the Farm Action Bureau to task. It’s heartening to see smart people finally calling out Big Ag as the corporate lobbying powerhouse it is.

I wrote last week that I believe the social justice aspects of the food movement were perfectly compatible with the desire for good, artisanal food, and I see the two pieces coming together in Occupy Wall Street in a way that’s really promising for the future of the movement. The Food Committee has developed a pretty fancy makeshift kitchen in the park, full of donations, many of which are from local and/or socially-conscious businesses.

GOOD magazine has a really cool short piece on the symbolism of protest food, launching from pizza on Wall Street.

Word is, the city of New York plans to remove the protestors this weekend, at the request of the park’s private owners. We’ll see how this plays out, both on and off Wall Street. But if you were waiting to help, to contribute, to participate, now is the time. Get your activist on!

Nibbles: What We Didn’t Eat This Week

26 Aug

A very mixed and interesting bag in food news not covered this week. We’ve got…

The Good

The United States’ latest branch of AmeriCorp — Food Corps — is officially up and running a pilot program! Food Corps is a service program of the federal government which places workers in targeted schools and communities to help develop food education programs in the forms of gardens and classes. There’s already some great coverage on how promising a program this is. Mark Bittman’s column this week provides a great overview of the program, including how cheap it is compared to the massive costs of obesity and unhealthy eating in America. And Civil Eats has a great Q & A with one of the Food Corps’ co-founders and mentors, Will Allen (of Milwaukee’s famed Growing Power) on what the goals of the workers will be.

D.C. ‘s public city schools (which are some of the most segregated in the country) are often cited as a perfect demonstration of the parallels between racial disparity and the health costs of urban food deserts. But this week, they began taking steps in the right direction by adding salad bars full of real healthy produce (no iceberg lettuce here!) to 27 school cafeterias. The best part of this news is the photo in this blog post. Seriously — click through on the link even if you don’t read the piece. Kids super-psyched about veggies. Makes my heart sing.

The Bad

A study published in the scientific journal Nature this week demonstrates a clear link between El Nino climate cycles and the severe weather they produce and increased civil wars — in modern times. As several writers have pointed out, such a connection has been made to past societies (which are almost always referred to in these cases as empires, as if we have to convince ourselves they were different than us somehow), but this study shows the same pattern across the 20th century. This may not seem immediately related to food, but here’s why I think it is. Some of the beginning criticism of the study suggests the authors didn’t do enough to connect the two events. That is, they want to know why climate cycles seem to cause outbreaks in civil conflicts. My theory (supported by some of those ‘past empire’ studies) is that it stems from the tightening of natural resources that severe weather causes in already poverty-stricken locations. Specifically, shortages in water and crop failures. I think climate change –> increased drought/flooding/natural disasters –> shortages in food and water –> fighting over the last shreds of food and water.

I think that’s really, really scary.

The Ugly (Beautiful)

Have I mentioned how much I love the infographics that Health & Fitness blog t The Greatist often makes in conjunction with Civil Eats? Here’s another one that’s visually impressive, but on a pretty ugly topic: Food Safety & Recalls!

Actually, as dire as the food safety situation is these days, the infographic has a concise explanation of how to shop for, clean, and store your food to best avoid contamination.

And a Bonus!

Roots of Change posted their summer reading list: The Top Five Sustainable Food Books. Here’s hoping I can make that list someday!

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts on these, or any topics. Feel free to leave a comment or drop me an email at marissa@wemeatagain.com, especially if there’s a topic you’d like to see covered here on the blog next week! Happy Weekend, all!

Food Cuts, and Other Short-sighted Economics

15 Jul

I had an entirely different post planned for today, but as you all surely know by now, sometimes I have a tough time keeping my mouth shut. This week, it’s the fault of the debt ceiling. So for now, I’ve got a platform and I’m going to use it — but I promise to tie all this back into food, too.

If you’ve been hearing a lot about this strange debt ceiling and you feel you don’t understand the situation, don’t worry. No one else does either. Because it’s not nearly as important as congressional Republicans would like us to believe. Yes, the change is necessary, but as this article from the National Journal points out, it’s misdirected change. We need serious talk about job creation, trade policy and improvements to our system that would improve the economy long term.

But Republicans these days are more interested in shallow political victories and short-sighted policies. Conservative politicians want to focus on massive spending cuts, choosing political benefit now – making it appear, to voters, that the Republican party is better for the economy — over economic benefits over time. And this prescriptive treatment applies to the economy and to our food system.

Over the last few months, we’ve seen the cutting back or complete elimination of such “wasteful” spending as WIC and food stamps, school lunch kitchens where fresh, homemade food is cooked, farmland conservation and the FDA’s regulatory budget. Shockingly, these cuts tend to disproportionately affect poor minorities or other groups without massive lobbying budgets, and tend to focus on social insurance programs (for those who believe that these spending cuts are indiscriminate, and only being done in the name of economic reform).

While I know social programs can be controversial, a concentrated, government-wide decision not to invest in the future of people is short-sighted, shoot-ourselves-in-the-feet economics that will detonate the barely-breathing U.S. economy and not far down the road. We all pay for social programs eventually. The decision is whether to pay for them now, as up front costs that have the potential to grow the economy, or to pay for them later, in the significantly inflated backdoor costs that are the fallout of spending cuts.

When WIC, food stamps, and school lunch programs are cut, poor families suffer, mostly by eating either less food, or food that is less healthy. But we all pay the cost of those nutritional deficits years down the road, in increased healthcare costs.

When farmland conservation programs are cut, farmers can’t stop growing food. So they resort to cheaper, more eco-intensive growing methods, degrading the land and water in ways it takes the planet decades to recover from. We all pay that cost, when we pay for emergency disaster relief, when we pay the EPA to clean up polluted waterways, or when, over time, the yields from our farms go down and down and down.

When the FDA’s regulatory budget is cut, it diminishes that agency’s already tenuous ability to enforce food safety standards designed to prevent cross-contamination that causes E.coli or salmonella outbreaks. We all pay for that, when we get sick with salmonella, or when a scare increases the prices of our food, when our children actually die from these diseases.

When Congress pulls funding for regulations necessitating country-of-origin labeling, it limits the ability of small-scale producers to compete against large-scale producers, who can outsource their meat-packing to cheap labor countries with lax safety standards. We all pay the increases in food safety costs, of course.

But we’re not just paying out the you-know-what for these short-sighted mistakes. We’re also missing an opportunity to benefit from long-term improvements.

The labeling I mention above would actually make it easier to be a small farmer in the United States, especially in a localized, sustainable economy. Where’s all that conservative rhetoric about supporting small businesses when we’re talking about regulations that favor small over large?

We need a new food system in this country. We need a new, different, localized infrastructure that supports innovation, farmer’s markets and buying clubs, that favors organic and sustainable production. And getting those things? Would create jobs. Would grow local economies. Would employ people who are currently unemployed and feed people who are currently unfed. All while protecting us from the impending disaster of climate change by stabilizing and decentralizing our food source.

This is the definition of a win-win — for American voters. It’s a big-time lose for Big Ag, and that’s why it’s not a political reality.

Last week in his column, Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman asked this of economic stimulus:

Where are the big public works projects? Where are the armies of government workers? There are actually half a million fewer government employees now than there were when Mr. Obama took office.

Unfortunately, we both know the answer to that one. They are in line for food stamps they can’t get anymore. Because rather than looking toward the future and employing some of that great American ingenuity politicians so love to tout, our leaders are busy making deals to guarantee they’ve got the money to run campaign ads next fall, by making policies that please corporate powers like Monsanto.

That strategy might even work. Chances are good that without that money, a politician doesn’t win an election. But in doing business this way, we are tanking the long-term U.S. economy and food supply, not to mention the health and well-being of the American people.

Just as when Americans decided to stop cooking for themselves, and let multinational billion-dollar-profit corporations take on that responsibility, we are feeling the negative effects. Corporate food made us fatter, and significantly more likely to die of heart disease and diabetes than any other country on the planet. When we, the people, don’t speak up, corporations fill the vacuum left by the absence of the voice of the people. And they aren’t speaking for us.

There is a fundamental idealogical choice being made here, to sacrifice the future in exchange for a present political victory. And every time we don’t question that, or every time we imagine it doesn’t matter that food stamps are cut because we’re not on food stamps, we reinforce that choice. It’s up to us to ask more questions, to get more involved, to look and understand beyond the soundbite, in order to show our leaders that we can see the future they are creating for us, and we want a different one.

Nibbles: What We Didn’t Eat This Week

25 Jun

I’m ripping Tom Philpott off a little bit, but this week was a bit hectic, and there was a lot going on in the world of food — both in sustainable agriculture news and policy, and in new research — that I didn’t get the chance to tackle in-depth. And next week it will be on to the next. I thought I’d have a little Saturday snack for you all to tide you over through the weekend that rounds up some of the fun/funny, promising or terrifying food stories of the week that I didn’t get to cover.


Jamie Oliver was the cover story of last week’s L.A. Weekly, and it’s a great piece. But better yet is this outtakes post from the Weekly’s blog, featuring some of Oliver’s gems that didn’t make the cut into the final article. My favorite:

“I always go for the elementary kids because it makes your heart break more.”

The man’s honest.


The World Food Prize winners were announced this week, and one of the winners is the President of my personal favorite African nation of Ghana! (This is not just random bias — my mother lived there for a year so I feel as if I have an alternate family of Black Stars.) Guess Bono was right when, two years ago, he predicted that Ghana would be one of the first African nations to lead the continent to strong, sustainable independence.

In news that reminds us just how connected the food industry is to other major domestic issues, plans are in the works for the world’s first packaging-free food store to open in Austin, Texas.

Misleading …

Just as I’ve been writing about how  important it is to understand the labels on your food, and spend more time learning the information that goes into writing them, some people are trying to make it even more difficult to do so.

The House of Representatives passed the 2012 Funding for Agriculture Act which would, among other things, eliminate the “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative (which, as Tom Philpott points out, is essentially a website. Plenty of savings there!)

Lobbyists for major food processing companies are pushing for the federal government to adopt the industry’s voluntary food-labeling system as its federal mandate (allowing the law-breakers to rewrite the laws so that they aren’t broken!) despite vocal protests from leading health & nutrition experts about those labels’ ineffectiveness.

Tyson Foods recently admitted to bribing Mexican veterinarians to say their meat was safe enough to import into the United States. Everyone knows it, but they found a loophole, so no one will be punished!

And to top it all off, the Des Moines Register (directed by parent company Gannett) has laid-off its one remaining D.C.-based policy reporter, whose subject focus is food and agriculture. This is a particularly relevant layoff given the Register’s audience — writing about food policy couldn’t be more important than it is in Iowa, where people’s livelihoods are at stake. These are the farmers making large-scale choices for us in agriculture; they are both the people whose minds need changing the most and those for whom the change involves the most risk.

Inspiring …

If you don’t believe me about the need for grassroots change on farms in Iowa, just take a look at how some Midwestern farmers are standing up to their own corporate contractors by pushing to end federal crop subsidies.

As a follow-up to our recent discussions of antibiotics and e. coli in meat, a new bill in the Senate would seek to restrict the use of non-therapeutic antibiotics. Call your senators, people! Food policy isn’t sexy enough to make front page headlines or petitions on change.org, so this is the kind of stuff we have to be vocal about.

And Just Plain Cool …

Just my style, a really fascinating short essay from the lovely Gilt Taste on the psychology behind why we turn to food in times of crisis.

If you haven’t seen it yet, enjoy some “elitists” having a sense of humor about their foodie West L.A. lifestyle:

Detroit’s Victory Garden

17 Jun

Image courtesy of Grown In Detroit

A quick update with some really good news in the world of sustainable food education & equal access. Detroit’s Catherine Ferguson academy, which I mentioned briefly in this post, will not be closing its doors this fall! The emergency manager of Detroit Public Schools has found a way to keep open some of the city’s most valuable specialty schools by re-opening them as charter schools in the fall. The schools, including Catherine Ferguson, will no longer operate as part of the DPS system, and will be managed by an educational service agency.

All three of the schools that will be transformed into charters in this move, like Ferguson Academy, serve at-risk youth populations in non-traditional ways. This story is the purview of We*Meat*Again by virtue of the fact that a core component of the Ferguson Academy’s curriculum is sustainable food production. The girls — teenaged mothers who were either expelled from or unable to finish traditional high schools — tend a large garden as part of their science education. Both the food and the real-world job training gained from the garden are invaluable to the lives of these young women.

As an educator, I have qualms about the charter school model as a sustainable one for long-term, inclusive educational success, but on the small scale right now, they seem to serve their populations well, and tend to serve populations that go unnoticed by mainstream public or private education. But perhaps more importantly, charter schools are often willing to incorporate nontraditional learning — like sustainable food production — that I hope may be the future for all of us.

To learn more about Catherine Ferguson Academy, check out this documentary project. And many thanks to Laura from Shaped By My Life for alerting me to this news!

What do you think about incorporating food production or preparation into public education? Should it be limited to charter school programs for “at-risk” populations, or should it be a part of standard education?

Food TV

6 Jun

A reminder that Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution is back on the air after its extended, forced “vacation” during May sweeps. On the latest episode, the L.A. USD’s antagonism towards Jamie’s mission gets even more audacious. The episode’s available on ABC’s website and via hulu for free, but if you can (if you’re not like me and without real television altogether) try to watch or at least DVR the show during its air time, the dismal Friday night slot. I believe it’s 8 PM eastern, so check listings.

In this case, watching TV can be activism! Show the networks there are people who care enough about these issues to give them some airtime.

To support that theory, I just learned this morning of a new miniseries slated for PBS called “Food Forward.” An award-winning documentary team has created the show as a series of profiles on food rebels all over the country–rather than just reporting the corporate-driven problem or following a successful, celebrity food activist, the idea behind the show is to demonstrate that real people are making food changes every day within their own communities.

As a promotional gig, and to secure funding to finish production and air the project, the filmmakers are traveling around the country this summer, pulling an Airstream, to film farmers, chefs, scientists and other food workers living the sustainable food future on the ground. Check out the show’s trailer below:


Get involved with Food Forward by finding a local event, joining the newsletter, and spreading the word to help get this show on the air. Again, take this opportunity to show your support for media on sustainable food. It’s an issue that needs all the coverage it can get. Too often those among us (such as myself) who have spent a lot of time and effort researching and understanding the food industry forget that not everyone has seen Food, Inc. or King Corn. We don’t all know what’s wrong, and even fewer of us have any sense of how to fix it. The more people we support in their efforts to grow the passionate food justice population, the better off we all will be, for living in a safer, healthier, more equitable world.


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