A large part of sustainability and impacts on the environment comes down to the basic choices of what we choose to eat everyday.
The DC Environmental Film Fest addresses the hottest issues in sustainability based on the food we eat compiled into two weeks March 12-24. Below are highlights of some of the films that focus on food and how it impacts our environment.
March 13, 2013
Community Harvest and In Transition 2.0, 5 p.m. – Two films that illustrate the shift of values in our society to move away from the industrial food era and more into a local based sustainable system. Beginning with Community Harvest, this short film shows how our own DC neighborhoods have been transformed so that unused space can be reclaimed by the community to build green space. The next film In Transition 2.0 takes a global look at how the Transition Movement has gained a global momentum with communities of ordinary people printing their own money, growing food everywhere they can, creating a thriving local economy and even setting up their own power stations. Click HERE to learn more about this film.
Betting the Farm, 7 p.m. – A glimpse into the world of the everyday dairy farmer that faces plummeting prices and a market that is focused on quantity over quality. When the national milk company dropped a group of Maine dairy farmers, they banded together to launch their own milk company. But will their gamble into the world of small business really take off? Click HERE to learn more about this film.
March 17, 2013
More than Honey, 4:45 p.m. – The tragic tale of disappearing bees and how they are linked to our own survival as a species. The film explores the stories of why the bees are disappearing from the Alps to the Arizona desert due to the demand for a global economy. Click HERE to learn more about this film.
Now, Forager, 7: 15 p.m. – Ever wonder where those exotic mushrooms that you see in restaurants come from? Non-cultivated mushrooms must be foraged for in the wild. This film gives an intimate look into the lives of Lucien and Regina, a husband-wife team that forage for wild mushrooms to sell to New York City restaurants. Click HERE to learn more about this film.
March 18, 2013
Nothing Like Chocolate, 6:30 p.m. – From antioxidant properties to a Valentine’s Day staple and everywhere in between, chocolate is something most humans cannot live without. The way we view chocolate ranges from historic currency to exotic sensuality, to everyday candy. But at what cost? The world’s mass produced chocolate has a dark side of often being harvested by trafficked child labor. Click HERE to learn more about this film.
March 19, 2013
Hot Tuna, noon – Tuna, a staple of the American diet consists mostly of the Atlantic Bluefin that has now been harvested to brink of extinction. Explore the plight of tuna with marine biologist and wildlife cameraman Rick Rosenthal in his 13 year journey. Click HERE to learn more about this film.
March 20, 2013
The Age of Aluminum, 7 p.m. – Aluminum has become an everyday part of our lives. A lightweight, malleable metal, it’s used in everyday products like deodorants, cans and cookware, but as the demand for aluminum increases, so too does the environmental impact of mining for it and the rise of recent evidence that the toxic effects of aluminum could lead to Alzheimer’s and allergies. Click HERE to learn more about this film.
March 21, 2013
Harmony, 7:15 p.m. – An inspiring look at how The Prince of Wales teamed up with environmental activists, business leaders, artists, architects and government to address the global environmental crisis in a variety of ways from organic farms to rainforests. It even includes rare footage from 1988 of Prince Charles interviewing Al Gore about climate change. Click HERE to learn more about this film.
March 22, 2013
Voices of Transition, noon – From France to England and even Cuba, this film covers a variety of passionate farmers and community leaders addressing the need for food security in simple, low-cost, common sense solutions by promoting local economies and knowledge. Click HERE to learn more about this film.
March 24, 2013
The Fruit Hunters, 6:30 p.m. – With society demanding consistency in the fruit they eat, the variety of heirloom and exotic fruits have dwindled. You’ll be inspired by a select few that are fruit detectives trying to find the diversity of fruit in the world through Renaissance-era paintings and community orchards. Click HERE to learn more about this film.
Be sure to check out all the amazing films at the DC Environmental Film Festival by visiting their website dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org.