FDL Movie Night Welcomes Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, Good Food
Introduction by Toby Wollin
What do you get when many agricultural and consumer players in a US region turn their backs on traditional thinking about who they are, what they do and what their roles are?
A growing movement centered around regional foods systems.
The US Pacific Northwest has been an agricultural exporting powerhouse for a very very long time. Whether it was wheat, meat or fruit, the states of Washington and Oregon faced north, south, east and west – across the Pacific itself – for customers. Between the growing competition from Asian agricultural giants and the increasing interest in their own areas for pure, healthy and locally grown foods, Northwest growers, distributors and customers have banded together, looked local, and renewed their intimate relationships with land, plants and animals. In the process they are producing a food system revolution: A true locally-based sustainable food system.
Good Food, a film by Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin, examines, through intimate stories with growers, customers, distributors, stores and even a fast food restaurant chain, just how a loose chain of resources can come together to build something truly revolutionary. Whether it is fruit and vegetable growers who started out as Hispanic immigrants who now own the farms they used to merely work, or cattle ranchers seeking to provide the most humane conditions for their animals, not for profit organizations seeking more nutritious food for their low-income customers or an owner of a regional hamburger chain who wants good food and a way to differentiate his offerings, Good Food shows what people can do who have a sense of the specialness of their area and of ‘deserving the best’ can do to support local agriculture.
Let’s all welcome Melissa Young and Mark Dworkin and discuss just how important all these elements can be to our taking back our own local food systems, how to increase local nutritional security, and how to make it happen in our own agricultural districts.