Selection at the 2014 Wild and Scenic Film Festival
Food For Change (directed by Steve Alves) tells the story of the cooperative food movement in this country as a force for dynamic social and economic change in our culture. Drawing on interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by the filmmaker and social historians, the film begins by examining the conditions that led to the Great Depression: fraudulent credit schemes, the control of industries by a few large corporations, and increased wealth disparity. It goes on to portray the emergence of food co-ops as an outgrowth of the 1960s civil rights movement, the War on Poverty, and anti-war sentiments, highlighting their pioneering quest for organic foods. It ends by exploring the present efforts of farmers, co-ops, and consumers to enhance their local economies by creating regional food systems and ensuring food security.
Released in 2014
Running time: 82 minutes
5:20 pm on Sat., Nov. 7th at the Grange
5:20 pm on Sun., Nov. 8th at Friday Harbor House