Thursday, September 3, 2009

Fighting Against Global Warming, For the Health of the Planet, and for the Health of Our Kids -- One Farm at a Time

By Paul K. Haeder

I interviewed Ana Sofia Joanes, the director and producer of the new movie, Fresh. That's

Tipping Points: Voices from the Edge

This film shows in Spokane, Thursday, Sept. 3 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Magic Lantern, 35 W. Main.

Why include this food movie in the blog? It seems that food and sustainability are the two main areas that allow us to view the world today as a microcosm -- the full circle approach of our time to discuss systems thinking, paradigm shift, back to the past, a new post carbon era, and just stopping the unhealthy industrialized ag system that is sickening our planet.

And guess how food and health connect? The irony is that on the show Wed. I also had on an internal medicine MD who's working for single payer health care for all, including over 50 million uninsured Americans. Again, sustainability includes that arena -- fixing a broken food system that is killing the environment, local economies and our citizens' health. And, health insurance in the form of equity and single payer health is what a majority of doctors wants -- 60 percent of internal medicine doctors say yes to single payer. Higher percentages of nurses throughout the USA do, and other doctors in other specialities vote in higher numbers for a single payer health system, not to include plastic surgery. They also want preventative health ramped up big-time, and they too want to help fix the current addicitive food system of too much salt, fat, sugar and calories.
Food and food security are the issues of our time, and technologists, scientists and climate experts are working to gain some sanity in the system. Watch 3 movies for quick edification: Fresh, Food Inc., and The Future of Food. Three great films about the challenges we have in this climate change and sustainability community.

Ana says:

FRESH is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. Our aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participant in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement.

When I write we, I don’t mean our small team (officially two of us, with lots of amazing helps from our interns and volunteers) but I mean YOU. All of you. FRESH is a grassroots efforts for a grassroots movement. It’s been tremendously exciting to see the movie catch on and spread like wild fire, being used all over the country as a platform to raise awareness and connecting people to the solutions available in their community.

Within a month of our launch, we’ve received over 20,000 visitors and hundreds of screenings have already been organized. We want to reach 1 million folks. Not just because that would totally feel nice to our ego (mine especially!), but because, we believe that FRESH can truly help get us to a tipping point, when sustainable food will no longer be just a niche market.

Please help us reach 1 million people (to start with that is.) Organize a home screening or a community screening. Get in touch with us, let us know what we can do more and better.

We’re open!

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