“Fresh” Review

Last night I attended a screening and panel discussion for “Fresh,” Ana Sofia Joanes’s excellent new film about our food system.

“Fresh” examines the many problems caused by the industrialization of the food system (think mad cow, obesity, pollution) and features individuals attempting to re-invent the way we produce and eat food, including Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food; Joel Salatin, founder of Virginia’s Polyface Farm and author of several books on sustainable farming; and Will Allen, founder of Growing Power, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit organization working to provide equal access to high-quality, affordable food in urban communities.

(Allen is also a 2008 MacArthur fellow.) At the risk of sounding preachy, I want to encourage everyone to see this film. If you’re not familiar with these issues, “Fresh” is a great introduction to the movement. And, even if you’ve already read The Omnivore’s Dilemma and feel like you know everything there is to know about industrial food, I think the individuals and organizations featured in “Fresh” will re-inspire you to take action with your food dollars and maybe even do something more. Check the “Fresh”

Web site for a list of additional screenings and panel discussions being held in early June. (via epicurious) Lauren Salkeld

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