1. Can learning the meaning of a single term actually help change the food system? David Evans and Alexis Koefoed think so. These poultry farmers explain the real story behind such terms as “cage free, “free range” and “pasture raised” so that consumers can make informed decisions when they go to their local supermarket.

    CREDITS

    Produced by Laura Howard
    Directed, Photographed and Written by Douglas Gayeton
    Edited and Animated by Pier Giorgio Provenzano
    Music by Rumplefarm and Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)

    LEXICON TERMS AND PARTICIPANTS APPEARING IN THE FILM
    (all images included in separate attachment):

    David Evans
    Marin Sun Farms
    “Pasture Management”
    Inverness, CA

    Alexis Koefoed
    Soul Food Farm
    “Pasture Raised vs. Cage Free”
    Vacaville, CA

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  3. Fresh vegetables, herbs, honey and new eggs every day; Jules and his family are living the farm life. It’s also a most unconventional lifestyle given that their home is in the middle of Pasadena, California. The family struggles to be as self-sustainable as they possibly can—their car drives on biogas, solar panels power their television, and each day they have fresh food from their own meticulously well-maintained crops.

    Jules first began his farming life before moving to Pasadena, when he lived for several years in New Zealand. Jules embarked on his current lifestyle after becoming concerned about how the food industry controlled what he and his family ate. Jules wanted to be more in control and minimize his family’s impact on the environment.

    Living this lifestyle doesn’t mean that you have to be old fashioned. After a day working on his urban-farm lot, Jules and the rest of the family sit down to watch movies on Netflix or work on one of their many websites. The Devraes family websites center around the idea of living a greener life, and are some of the biggest websites/communities about urban farming. It’s a growing movement; and a green revolution!

    Created by Nicholas Reid & Joris Debeij
    nicholasjreid.com & jorisdebeij.com

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  4. Based on Michael Pollan's talk "Food Rules" given at the RSA, this animation was created in the context of the RSA/Nominet Trust film competition. Using a mixture of stop-motion and compositing, our aim and challenge was to convey the topic in a visually interesting way using a variety of different food products. We made a little table top set up at home and worked on this a little over three weeks.

    More information available at benoitdetalle.com/food-rules

    Here are also some photos of Michael Pollan's Food Rules in the making
    flickr.com/photos/horror_vacui/sets/72157629336379435/

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  5. This half hour video documents the ongoing work of Permaculture Gurus, Geoff and Nadia Lawton, in the Dead Sea Valley. It begins with the famous original 'Greening the Desert' five minute video clip, and then continues into Part II, a 2009 update to the 2001 original.

    You'll get to see and learn about the original Greening the Desert site and see some of the spin-off effects of its influence throughout Jordan, and you'll also be introduced to a new educational demonstration site that was started in 2008.

    You can see the video, and more information about it, in its original post here:

    permaculture.org.au/2009/12/11/greening-the-desert-ii-final/

    And the video is also available on YouTube in four parts:

    youtube.com/watch?v=xzTHjlueqFI

    youtube.com/watch?v=wTZ0LbvUoOY

    youtube.com/watch?v=-Ps1TpK9eiQ

    youtube.com/watch?v=I8wPD35fewo

    This is inspiring, practical work - the kind of work that should be encouraged, supported and emulated worldwide. It is the ultimate root-cause type of aid work.

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