Thursday, November 19, 2009

More films on food and farming

Palmer is holding its inaugural Local Food, Local Harvest Film Fest from Thursday, November 19th through Sunday, November 22nd. This brings more movies to Alaskans on local eating and food growing.

Aside from movies profiled before on this blog, a few more (not necessarily at the film fest) include:

Alaska Far Away is a movie about the Matanuska Colony.

Good Food, a film on sustainable food and farming in the Pacific Northwest. From the website:
Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest. Small family farmers are making a comeback. They're growing much healthier food, and lots more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms.

For decades Northwest agriculture was focused on a few big crops for export. But to respond to climate change and the end of cheap energy, each region needs to produce more of its own food and to grow food more sustainably.

Good Food visits producers, farmers’ markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all.

Ingredients is a documentary on local food. From the website:
At the focal point of this movement, and of this film, are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in great tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local.

Attention being paid to the local food movement comes at a time when the failings of our current industrialized food system are becoming all too clear. For the first time in history, our children’s generation is expected to have a shorter lifespan than our own. The quality, taste and nutritional value of the food we eat has dropped sharply over the last fifty years. Shipped from ever-greater distances, we have literally lost sight of where our food comes from and in the process we've lost a vital connection to our local community and to our health.

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