This film explores the relationship of sensorial experience and sustainable food systems. The project was produced in cooperation with Anthropologist Christy Shields who has been studying the unique organization and communication of Comté cheese. As an AOC (controlled appellation) product, Comté follows firm guidelines that protect the cooperative structure which link farmers, cheesemakers and aging facilities, as well as limits mechanization and the use of fermented feeds and chemicals. In marketing the cheese, the committee and producers have embraced the diverse taste (no two wheels are the same) that results from an all season, raw milk process. By encouraging consumers to become aware of their taste through the changeable nature of the product, the community of Comté hopes to reawaken the consumer and reconnect them with the special fabrication and terroir. Taste education acts as a form of civic engagement which challenges the structures that separate us from sustainable agriculture and food practices.
Zoe , Lelya and Samantha have studied Anthropology with specializations in media communications and food cultures. They have worked and traveled with anthropologist Christy Shields to study food systems in Paris and rural France (Jura Region) and have collaborated on this and other projects.