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Food For Change


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