PROVIDENCE — The 2009 documentary “Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing the food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of U.S. agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.
The 72-minute film will be shown this Tuesday, April 27, at Local 121, 121 Washington St. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and the film will start at 7 p.m., followed by a discussion led by ecoRI.org and Farm Fresh Rhode Island. The cost is $12 and includes a dinner buffet.
Among several main characters, “Fresh” features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award, and sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma.”
“‘Fresh’ portrays a movement that is happening in America and worldwide,” said director Ana Joanes. “The alternative food market is the fastest growing market in the United States, even though it still makes up a minuscule percentage of the food economy. And it’s incredibly energetic. Where it will lead us, I don’t know.”
Joanes initially intended to make a film that documented the urgency of the climate change crisis, hoping to scare herself and others into taking action. Instead, she “encountered the most inspiring people, ideas and initiatives. Who knew that we already had the solutions to so many of our problems and that some of us were already hard at work implementing them?”
“Instead of the despair and inaction unwittingly fostered by the media, these examples of change suggested a very different perspective,” she said.” “Life is an indivisible network in which every node is critical. Each one of us is creating the world we are living in. It is this creative process that gives our life meaning and pleasure.”
Frank Carini is the executive director of ecoRI.org, a nonprofit organization devoted to covering Rhode Island environmental news.