The topic of the films in this series is a subject I've been researching for a several years so I'm excited by the opportunities to see these films. We really should know what we are putting in our bodies. There is nothing more intimate and constant than food.
Summary: A raw look at the big business of bottled water, an unregulated industry that has created a commodity out of one of the most basic resources needed for human survival. From plastic production to pollution, witness the environmental and human effects of America's bottled water consumption. (2009)
"Tapped; The Movie" by Atlas Films, exposes the billion dollar bottled water industry's contribution to global warming, resource depletion, and waste. It raises a critical question: Is clean drinking water a basic human right or a commodity that should be bought and sold? The producers of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" takes us on a "behind-the-scenes look in the unregulated and unseen world of an industry that aims to privatize and sell back the one resource that ought never to become a commodity: our water."
This movie will be shown at the historic Hollywood Theatre which is run by a non-profit group that restored the venue after a devastating fire and still maintains the building which gives the area so much character.
Tickets are $6.50. The movie will also be shown on Sunday at 1pm if you are unable to make it on Saturday and still would like to see it.
In the small hours of Jan. 12, 2006, Academy Award-winning British filmmaker Joan Root was murdered as she lay asleep in her Kenyan home, apparently because of her efforts to protect a local lake from being overused to grow roses for export to Europe. A few years earlier, far away in pastoral New Haven, Wis., a group of middle-aged residents formed a grassroots group to stop the French bottled-water giant Perrier from gaining access to the town's local spring.
The common denominator to the two tales is the growing conflict over water. A powerful new documentary, Blue Gold: World Water Wars, shows that this basic resource may be in more peril than most people imagine.
The doc follows the water crisis from Winter Park, Fla., where massive sinkholes have formed as groundwater dries up, to Malaysia, where anyone who contaminates water faces the death penalty, to the Paraguay-Bolivia border, which some now call the Middle East of water because of the violent clashes with police there over water ownership.
Much of Blue Gold's litany of information may come as a shock. The world collectively pumps 30 billion gallons of groundwater every day – 15 times more water than can safely be replenished by rainfall. As water becomes scarce, companies like Nestlé and Coca-Cola have made aggressive moves to buy local supplies, leading to the situation in many parts of Africa, where rivers are polluted and locals must either pay exorbitant fees for tap water or purchase bottled Dasani. Barlow says the problem is growing in Canada, too. She faults our "myth of abundance" for overuse of the Great Lakes and the destruction of the water table in northern Alberta to mine the tar sands.
FLOW (youtube trailer) Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into what experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis.
Salina builds a case against the growing privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with an unflinching focus on politics, pollution, human rights, and the emergence of a domineering world water cartel.
Interviews with scientists and activists intelligently reveal the rapidly building crisis, at both the global and human scale, and the film introduces many of the governmental and corporate culprits behind the water grab, while begging the question "CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER?"
Beyond identifying the problem, FLOW also gives viewers a look at the people and institutions providing practical solutions to the water crisis and those developing new technologies, which are fast becoming blueprints for a successful global and economic turnaround.
The evidence is in: America’s food system is broken. Every week we read about record-breaking food safety recalls, a spiraling childhood obesity epidemic, and the continued loss of independent family farmers.
All of these problems can be traced back to one thing: excessive consolidation by Big, corporate food. But change may be on the way.
Recently, the Departments of Justice and Agriculture held their first joint workshop here in Iowa to gather evidence of antitrust violations in food and agriculture.1 We were encouraged by the workshop, the first of five to be held this year, but also concerned that the same companies that have caused these problems were well represented on the panels, while the family farmers most negatively impacted by corporate food monopolies were only given the opportunity to speak after public officials had left the building.
Even though these workshops are an important first step, real family farmers must have a seat at the table. It will take all our voices to ensure that the Justice department holds giant agribusiness accountable.
Please join us and tell the Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack that it’s time to break up America's corporate food monopolies before they do more harm.
The aisles of most American grocery stores give an overwhelming illusion of choice when it comes to our food. A closer look, however, quickly reveals that most of the meat, grain, milk — and even the grocery stores themselves — are all owned and controlled by just a few corporations.
The figures are startling:
A single company (Monsanto) controls the seeds of 93% of soybeans and 80% of the corn grown in the U.S.3
4 companies (Tyson, Cargill, Swift & National Beef Packing Co.) control 83% of the beef packing industry4
4 companies (Smithfield, Tyson, Swift & Cargill) control 66% of the pork packing industry
For too long now, food and agricultural production has been consolidated into the hands of a few agribusiness giants. These companies dictate to us how our food is produced, how much farmers are paid for their crops and livestock and how much consumers pay for food.
Food Democracy Now! participated in the last workshop. We heard Attorney General Eric Holder talk about the “reckless deregulation that has restricted competition in agriculture” and promise that the Department of Justice, under his watch, was committed to “vigorous enforcement” of U.S. antitrust laws.
But given the power of the companies on the other side, we know that the change we need will not come easily. We must stand together and make our voices heard in favor of a fair and democratic food system!
Please support Secretary Vilsack and Attorney General Holder as they move forward. Join them today in pushing for real enforcement of U.S. antitrust laws and an end to America’s food monopolies. It only takes a moment. And after you've signed the petition, please ask your friends and family to do the same.
Thank you for participating in food democracy – Dave, Lisa and The Food Democracy Now Team
P.S. The next hearing will be in Normal, Alabama on May 21st 2010, and will focus on the poultry industry, followed by a hearing on the notoriously concentrated dairy industry in Madison, Wisconsin on June 7th. We’ll be sure to keep you informed.
This group seeks to bring together those interested in or currently living a compassionate vegan lifestyle for enjoyment and activities. Being Vegan is a journey in life and no two people travel it the same. So why not join and get to know a great group of people who are walking the same path. Northwest VEG generously pays for the meetup group fees, so you don't have to so be sure to support them as well! We also have a family group, Viva la Vegan - Family: http://vegan.meetup.com/492/