Food, Film and Environment

14 Apr 2010

Ermanno Olmi’s film Terra Madre which highlights the contributions of the Slow Food movement will join 154 others this weekend as the vital connections between food and the environment are explored at the Environmental Film Festival in Washingon D.C. In its 18th year, the festival aims to gain fresh insights, through the power of film, into the problems and the progress being made to protect life on earth and this year focuses on food – how its production and transport affects the condition of our planet.

The line-up of thought-provoking films explores agriculture, the wonders of the natural world and the challenges to our food supply, illustrated in films that investigate the decline of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay, the damage caused by salmon farms and the search for seeds that can withstand the impact of global warming. Terra Madre joins films such as Food Fight which traces the birth of the country’s sustainable organic food movement in California during the 1960s, led by Alice Waters, Dirt! The Movie and Soil in Good Heart which focus on earth’s most underrated source of fertility and its key role in creating nourishing food, and Seeds of Hunger which warns of an impending global food crisis. The festival’s screenings and discussions will be enhanced with more than 150 filmmakers and special guests to share their knowledge and expertise with film-goers.

For more information: The Environmental Film Festival

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