Environmental Insights

The Conversation about our Industrial Food System Begins with Food, Inc.

Date: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: The College of New Jersey, Education Building, Ewing, NJ 08628, Room 113, Parking in Lots 17 and 18 (Directions)
Cost: Free and open to the public

Organic, Grow Local, GMO/GE, rBGH, antibiotic usage, factory farms, food labeling laws, processed foods, obesity epidemic, high fructose corn syrup… These are just a few of the issues about the American food supply that now bombard an awakening public. Its industrialization has filled our supermarkets with plenty, but at what cost? Are our bodies able to safely handle the thousands of chemical additives that are now routine in our diet? Is the American diet indeed responsible for the epidemic levels of food allergies, Autism, ADHD, Type  II Diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and many other conditions that are being suggested by some health and nutrition professionals? What do they all mean, how are they related, and finally, is our industrial food supply being properly regulated by the government agencies that are supposed to protect our health? Let’s start the discussion about our food in our town with a showing and discussion about documentary film Food, Inc.  Ewing Green Team is delighted to introduce as our moderator, Camille Miller, the Executive Director of the Northeast Organic Farming Association.

About Food Inc.

Food, Inc. is a 2008 American documentary film directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Robert Kenner. The film lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that’s been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Our nation’s food supply is now controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (“Fast Food Nation”), Michael Pollan (“The Omnivore’s Dilemma”) along with forward thinking social entrepreneurs like Stonyfield Farms’ Gary Hirschberg and Polyface Farms’ Joel Salatin, Food, Inc. reveals shocking truths about what we eat, how it’s produced, who we have become as a nation and where we are going from here.

About Ms. Miller

camillemillerCamille Miller is an organic food advocate and has worked extensively in raising awareness around food and farming issues at the local, state and national levels.  She also serves as Vice-President of the Board on the NOFA Interstate Council, a seven state organic farming coalition. She is an active member in the National Organic Coalition (NOC), an alliance of grassroots organic groups and environmen-tal organizations working to provide a “Washington voice” for farmers, ranchers, environmentalists and others involved in organic agriculture as well as a national trained speaker for the Institute of Responsible Technology on Genetically Engineered food.

New Environmental Film Series to Debut in Ewing this Winter

You’re Invited!

Learn more about sustainable living and how to decrease your impact on our planet’s resources.   Start by attending the new Bonner Environmental Film Series at The College of New Jersey this winter.  This free series will debut on February 25th with the award winning film, PlanEAT, about food and our planet.  It will be followed on March 25th with another award winner, Crude Impact, where the connection between the discovery and use of oil and human domination of the planet is explored.

Each film showing will be followed by a discussion afterwards.

About the Films

planEATPLANEAT is the story of three men’s life-long search for a diet, which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With an additional cast of pioneering chefs and some of the best cooking you have ever seen, the scientists and doctors in the film present a convincing case for the  West to re-examine its love affair with meat and dairy. The film features the ground-breaking work of Dr. T Colin Campbell in China exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of diet to treat heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, land use and oceanic deadzones.

crudeimpactCrude Impact  “It took hundreds of millions of years for petroleum to form on Earth. It took just 150 years for human beings to bleed the planet of roughly half of this oil.”  Crude Impact is a must see documentary on world Peak Oil and its impact of  irreversible decline on the world social, political, economic, and political order.   Reviewers describe the impact of this film as disturbing, amazing, eye-opening, and impressive.   See it for yourself and decide.

DATES

PlanEat
Date: February 25th
Time: Themed Dinner (cafeteria style) at 6 p.m. at Eickhoff Hall, under $10  per person, no advance reservations required; film showing at 7:30 p.m. followed by a discussion
Film Location: TCNJ, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 – Education Building Room 115 (driving directions)
Free Parking in Lots 4-6
Campus Map: http://tcnj.pages.tcnj.edu/files/2011/01/campus-map-2011.pdf

Crude Impact
Date: March 25th
Time: Film showing at 7:30 p.m. followed by a discussion
Location: TCNJ, 2000 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08628 – Education Building Room 115 (driving directions)
Free Parking in Lots 4-6
Campus Map: http://tcnj.pages.tcnj.edu/files/2011/01/campus-map-2011.pdf

Co-sponsored by the (TCNJ) President’s Climate Commitment Committee, the Ewing Environmental Commission, the Bonner Center for Civic and Community Engagement & the Ewing Green Team.