Food for Thought, Food for Life

Oct 2015

I’ve been talking FOOD for the last two weeks throughout my travels in Ireland. It was also on the agenda when I traveled throughout Spain earlier in the year. The future of FOOD is on people’s minds globally.  Every October 24th, all over the United States we celebrate the great bounty of our country and bring together Americans to work towards changing the food direction through improved food policies. Food Day’s platform is very broad and goes across all sectors of the food movement, from public health to animal welfare. Food Day 2015 will focus on greener diets as a way to address health and environmental issues.


This year Food Day is partnering with award-winning filmmaker, designer and philanthropist Susan Rockefeller to release her acclaimed new documentary Food For Thought, Food For Life for free online and in conjunction with thousands of events nationwide.   Food For Thought, Food For Life aims to start a conversation about what we eat and actions we can take on important food issues. “We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost?” It has screened at film festivals around the world this year.

Food for Thought, Food for Life – TRAILER from Susan Rockefeller on Vimeo.

I recently had the opportunity to prescreen this short film and would encourage all of you to take the time to watch and process Susan’s important message. The mission of the 20-minute film – which was an official selection at the Short Film Corner at Cannes 2015 and at the 2015 Sarasota Film Festival and other top festivals – and its extensive nationwide outreach campaign is to start a conversation about the food system, bringing everyone to the table to address how we think about, produce, and choose what we eat, and to make lasting changes as individuals, communities, and for our earth as a whole.
 “We are thrilled to partner with Susan Rockefeller on the online release of this remarkable film,” said Food Day campaign manager Lilia Smelkova. “By providing our partners at over 8,000 events nationwide with access to the film we can ensure Food Day will impact in even greater ways in 2015. This film is inspiring and will serve to energize those who will be participating in Food Day events across the country.”

“It’s an honor to partner with Food Day and to play a role in helping reach millions about the food issues that affect each one of us,” said Susan Rockefeller.

We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? As farms have become supersized, our environment suffers and so does the quality of our food. Food for Thought, Food for Life, a new documentary from director Susan Rockefeller (HBO’s Christopher Award-winning documentary Making The Crooked Straight, Planet Green’s A Sea Change) explains the downsides of current agribusiness practices, and also introduces us to farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates who are providing solutions. The film is both poetic and practical; its powerful examination of the connections between our planet and our well-being is accompanied by specific strategies that protect both. With an eye towards a sustainable and abundant future, it offers inspiration for communities that are ready to make a difference.
The words of well known environmentalist Wendell Berry highlight features. Related artwork and uplifting music accent organizations and individuals who are making the effort to be involved in the right way. Chef Dan Barber of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture fame demonstrates his sustainable practices. Exciting ideas to get involved are found throughout.
“I sought out to develop a film that educates people about the negative impact our current methods of agriculture have on the earth,” said Rockefeller, a creative conservationist and social entrepreneur. “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.”
“In everything I do – from my previous documentary Mission of Mermaids to my jewelry collections – my goal is to start a conversation about the things I’m most passionate about and empower people to take small actions that produce big changes,” Rockefeller continued. “Conversation leads to collaboration, and together we can find local and global solutions that help the planet and ourselves. Food Day is the perfect partner in our work to bring attention to these vitally important issues.”
Watch the film for free on the Food for Thought  web site. Make it your mission to speak with your pocketbook going into the future. Food is on the edge and we all must work together to insure food security for the next generations.