FOOD FOR CHANGE
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00-8:30 pm, Where: Peacock Hall
The Vegan Club and Sustainable Rossmoor are cosponsoring the documentary film FOOD FOR CHANGE.
In a time when ‘local,’ ‘organic,’ and ‘sustainable’ are terms regularly used by large grocery chains to create an illusion of a healthy food delivery scheme, it’s worth looking at a contrasting economy that truly delivers on the promise – the American food cooperative – and the role that co-ops have played for generations connecting consumers to farmers with democracy, honesty, and transparency. FOOD FOR CHANGE examines the role food co-ops played in their pioneering quest for organic foods, and their current efforts to create regional food systems. It shows cooperatives’ focus on local economies and issues of food security.
We take a look back at a time in America when food cooperatives were commonplace during the Great Depression but were threatened by the post-WWII consumerism and large agri-businesses. Industrial farms grew bigger in size and smaller in number, relying on synthetic chemicals and mechanization to grow cheap food and reap maximal profits. Two million family farms were driven out of business.
But during the tumultuous events of the 1960s, food co-ops re-emerged as an alternative to factory farms and corporate-owned grocery chains. Food co-ops were seen as a force for dynamic social and economic change in American culture. What began as an obscure stance from a counterculture has resulted in a market for natural and organic foods valued at over $100 billion annually. Today they are turning to a new cause and niche market: locally sourced food.
The film profiles several food co-ops that have revived neighborhoods and communities – right in the shadows of corporate agribusinesses and supermarket chains. It’s an inspiring example of community-centered economies thriving in an age of globalization.
This 82 minute film has SDH Captions and will be followed by a discussion and a raffle. The film was made possible by a donation from the Rossmoor Farmers Market. The Market celebrates its re-opening on Friday, May 20th from 9 am until 1 pm.
This is an uplifting but honest film about the relationships between the environment, food, economics, democracy, and government. It’s an opportunity to understand the role of politics and policy in our own lives and what we can do about it where we live. In many cities and towns, the Farmers Market offers some of these same choices.
“This film should inspire anyone interested in creating socially just, community supported, and economically viable enterprises.”
Marion Nestle, Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health, New York University, Author, Food Politics
“Food for Change is just the kind of nourishment our minds and hearts need right now! The documentary explains key historical moments and trends, traces the multiple roots of the cooperative food movement, and illustrates how groups and communities are taking charge of their food futures. This is an indispensable resource for people who want to understand how a cooperative vision can guide one of the most important domains of the economy and our lives.”
George Cheney, Professor of Communication, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, Author, Values at Work
“I felt energized by the movie. I loved all of the historical background and couldn’t help feel that what we’re doing will be historic someday too. The movie made me believe that we can do anything!”
Linda Balek, Steering Committee Member, Food Shed Co-op, Woodstock, IL (start-up co-op)