How can I incorporate more fresh produce into my diet without breaking the bank? Where are the farmers markets in my area? How can my diet help to heal the Earth? Who are the leaders working to reverse the damages done by the current agribusiness system?
Perhaps these are questions you are already asking yourself. This October 24th, join thousands of people across the United States in celebrating Food Day, a day dedicated to inspiring Americans to make changes to their diets that will positively impact their health and the health of the environment. This year’s theme is “Toward a Greener Diet” and aims to educate the population on how they can make strides toward a greener plate – both literally and figuratively.
While events will be held in all fifty states, one we are particularly passionate about here at Change Food is the official online release of the film Food for Thought, Food For Life. The twenty-minute documentary, directed by Susan Rockefeller (also of HBO’s Christopher Award-winning documentary Making The Crooked Straight, and Planet Green’s A Sea Change), has already been recognized at several film festivals this year, earning an official selection at the Short Film Corner at Cannes. It explains the downsides to the current large-scale farming system (for example, irrigation is currently the largest single use of water in the world). In turn, it focuses on the change-makers (farmers, chefs, researchers, and activists) who are providing solutions to these problems. The film examines the intersection of our individual health, the health of our communities on a macro scale, and the well-being of our planet.
You may have seen the documentaries about the things that are going wrong with our food system. Food for Thought, Food for Life is an inspiring call to arms; focusing on the positive strides being made every day and how individuals can make an impact simply by making the right choices at the dinner table. Director Rockefeller said it perfectly: “In addition to providing vital information, the film gives viewers the necessary tools to make a difference in their own lives. It explores the connection between the planet and our health and suggests that strengthening that connection will only benefit our future.” The viewer is left feeling like they have just been shook awake, empowered, and ready to do the right thing.
The greatest part about this Food Day event? You can participate from anywhere! The documentary will be shared with over 8,000 partners for Food Day events on October 24th,and you too can get involved. Interested in hosting a screening? You can also follow the conversation on social media by liking the Facebook page or with the hashtag “#foodforthoughtfilm” on Twitter.
If you’re in the New York City area, you can attend a Food Day event at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn on October 25th from, 3pm-6pm. There will be a marketplace with local farmers and artisans, a screening of Food for Thought, and a Q&A panel moderated by Brian Halweil (another Change Food friend featured here!).
Food for Thought, Food for Life is currently available for streaming. Watch now, or invite some friends over to view on the 24th to celebrate a happy and healthy Food Day!
Kelly Mertz earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies and French Language from American University, where she focused on International Development in Latin America and the Caribbean. She is fascinated by public nutritional health campaigns and the politics of food aid.