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Earth Day Films on PBS

From: Cru
Sent on: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 9:02 PM
Hey All,

In honor of Earth Day, PBS/OPB is showing films you won't have to go to a theater for. These have everything to do with our food and the choices we have and how we are controlled by Big Food.

The first film is "Food, Inc." to be aired on Wednesday the 21st at 9pm as part of POV [Point of View].

This film has been amazing in its ability to get people talking and as a catalyst for a revealing New York Times article on the folly of ammonia meat:

And was previously featured on the PBS program, "Now":

The companion book is also an amazing resource and learning tool (knowledge is power; ask the corporations who know):

Food, Inc will be followed by, "Notes on Milk" which is a short 20 minute short variation of the 2007 feature documentary Milk in the Land: Ballad of an American Drink. Ariana Gerstein and Monteith McCollum, whose Hybrid [about corn] aired on POV in 2002, take a quirky and poetic look at some lesser-known aspects of America?s favorite drink: the industry?s spiritual underpinnings, politics and the struggle of independent farmers:

Food, Inc will repeat Friday, Apr 23, 2:00 am (essentially very late Thursday) on 10.2 (OPB)

This is a great film to see as Eric Schlosser who is a big part of the movie will be in the PDX area for Earth Day doing a lecture.

The second film is "Dirt!" which is being aired right after Food, Inc (and Notes on Milk) via Independent Lens at 11pm on Wednesday the 21st on OPB stations 10.1 (OPB-HD) and 10.2 (OPB).

It will be repeated on Friday, April 23 ? 04:00am 10.2 (OPB) and Friday, April 23 ? 11:00pm 10.3 (OPB-Plus)

There are two things absolutely essential to growing nutritious foods and those are soil and water. We are currently killing our soil and this has been the downfall of civilizations throughout time such as Easter Island. For more info on this check out Collapse by Jared Diamond or even just read about the Dust Bowl at Wikipedia:

Then on Tuesday, April 27 ? 11:00pm is "Garbage Dreams" which has been very popular at various film festivals this last year. The film presents a fascinating slice of life from Cairo: the Zaballeen, a Coptic Christian community that collects trash and recycles 80 percent of it. The doc focuses on two young men, one who's in the trade and another who can't keep a job.

Garbage Dreams will repeat on:
Thursday, April 29 ? 04:00am 10.2 (OPB)
Friday, April 30 ? 11:00pm 10.3 (OPB-Plus)

For Earth Day I encourage people to check out Create Plenty here in Portland which is working on creative ways to address the waste issues including finding ways to thwart waste before it's even created by making our own beauty products and home cleaning products (non-toxic bonus too plus they share space with Portland's Fruit Tree Project and are next door to the NE PDX Tool Library, another great resource sharing idea and creative solution).

Here are some interesting sites for fantastic groups working on clean food issues (everything in our food ends up in our bodies):

National Resource Defense Center

Which has an online newletter that is currently featuring the NW's Shepherd's Grain (great garbanzos!):

Pesticide Action Network:

American Forests:

Environmental Working Group

As a bonus, here's an interesting perspective of the rise of Fast Food in America:

There's also still one film left, "Fresh" (a NW Film) in the RETAKE OUR PLATES Earth Day series of films at Hollywood Theater which are being presented as a benefit for Ecotrust, a Northwest dynamo of an organization that's been responsible for a great deal of the revitalization of the food shed in the PDX area (including several of our farmer's markets which includes the Big One downtown nationally recognized as one of the top 5 in the nation).

Happy Earth Day everyone!

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