What’s on Your Plate: Screenings Presented by My Foodshed and Purple Asparagus

April 14, 2010 at 9:58 pm

My Foodshed.com and Purple Asparagus are organizing a series of screenings of What’s on Your Plate, a documentary that follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah take a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas. With the camera as
their companion, the girl guides talk to each other, food activists, farmers, new friends, storekeepers, their families, and the viewer, in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates.

The girls address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it’s cultivated, how many miles it travels from the harvest to their plate, how it’s prepared, who prepares it, and what is done afterward with the packaging and leftovers. They visit the usual supermarkets, fast food chains, and school lunchrooms. But they also check into innovative sustainable food system practices by going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture programs. They discover that these programs both help
struggling farmers to survive on the one hand and provide affordable, locally-grown food to communities on the consumer end, especially to lower-income urban families. In WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE?, the two friends formulate sophisticated and compassionate opinions on the state of their society, and by doing so inspire hope and active engagement in others.”

All screenings listed below are free and open to the public and will be followed by conversation sessions led by healthful food advocates and farmers. Please spread the word about this wonderful opportunity to reach out to our kids with this conversation starter!

Don’t miss this film called by Michael Pollan “exactly the film we need now.”

Screenings include The Menomonee Club, Uncommon Ground: Dinner & A Movie, Academy for Global Citizenship, Growing Home’s Wood Street Farm in Englewood, Gary Comer Youth Center and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. To see the full schedule, click here.