Posted by: beyonddinner | June 8, 2009

Fresh!

Last week Pat and I went to a screening of the documentary, Fresh!, by ana Sofia joanes at Harvard.  It was an enjoyable experience in a full auditorium.  The movie discusses the industrial food system and it’s problems, but it also highlights alternative, healthy food systems represented by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm (and of Omnivore’s Dilemma) and Will Allen of Growing Power in Milwaukee.  I especially enjoyed hearing the story of Russ Kremer, who used to be an industrial hog farmer, but after a life-threatening staph infection after being gashed by one of his hogs, he changed his farming methods to newer, sustainable ways.  These guys are all my heroes.

The best part of the evening was a panel afterwards that featured six people including the director of the film, Joel Salatin, and Will Allen.  It was fabulous to see them in the flesh and hear them answer questions live.  It was also inspirational to be in a room packed with people who are interested in all of this.  At the beginning of the panel they started by asking the audience how many people supported local agriculture and also how many people grew some of their own food.  Almost everyone raised their hands for both questions!

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