A couple of nights ago my friend Kate and I attended a screening of the movie, “FRESH” in Southport, Connecticut.  The movie adds a bass drumbeat to the march of change in American food.

It features several key players who are leading the charge, including Michael Pollan, organic farmer Joel Salatin, and Will Allen, founder of Growing Power, Inc. and a 2008 McArthur Fellow for his work in urban agriculture.  In the words of Joel Salatin, “Part of our responsibility as stewards of the Earth is to respect the design of nature.”  As we watch the means of conventional meat production in the film, it’s clear we don’t respect the design of nature.  Images of how our food is made shouldn’t make us flinch.

In addition to the movie’s message, I was struck by the venue:  The Pequot Library.  According to the Fairfield Green Food Guide, over 200 people were in attendance.  The large turnout shows how eager we are for a new approach to our food.  Also, the change we want to see in the world is bubbling up from our community establishments.  For the first time in my life, I saw the public library as a place of interesting exchange.  Not just the ‘ol “grab the book and run and maybe keep it forever.”  In the words of the library’s director: “Think of a new role for the library – as a hub of sustainability – partnering with the community to make us healthier and more sustainable.”

We have all the resources we need:  the land ready for organic agriculture, the will to change the food industry, and the meeting places to plan our future.

A New Shelf at the Local Library

A New Shelf at the Local Library