“What’s on Your Plate?” Film Takes on Food Justice in Kid-Sized Bites

April 29, 2010

Today we have a guest blog from HSC friend Melissa
Graham
of Purple Asparagus and Monogramme
Events & Catering
. (Melissa is also the author of an HSC Friday Recipe blog on strawberry pancakes!)

The Food Revolution is upon us.

With Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and the success of Jamie Oliver’s recent foray in to American reality tv, our collective consciousness about food has been raised. Parents and children from all over want to know what’s in their food.  My non-profit, Purple Asparagus, and MyFoodshed.com have teamed up to host a series of screenings of a film intended to answer just that question. 

WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE? follows two eleven-year-old multi-racial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain.  The girls address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it's cultivated, how many miles it travels from the harvest to their plate, how it’s prepared, who prepares it, and what is done afterward with the packaging and leftovers. They visit the usual supermarkets, fast food chains, and school lunchrooms. But they also check into innovative sustainable food system practices by going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture programs.  They discover that these programs both help struggling farmers to survive on the one hand and provide affordable, locally-grown food to communities on the consumer end, especially to lower-income urban families.

WHAT’S ON YOUR PLATE? addresses sustainability in all of its facets taking on questions of food justice and environmental impact in kid-sized bites.  The movie is fun, joyous, and inspiring while still taking an uncompromising look at the problems inherent in our existing food system.

All screenings are free and open to the public.  At each, there will be conversation sessions led by healthful food advocates and farmers where you can learn about how you can effect positive change to the world of food and make what’s on your plate and on those of others better.

For a full list of screenings in the Chicago area, click here

Not in the Chicago area? Click here for a map of screenings nationwide. 

Purple Asparagus is a member supported 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to bringing families back to the table by promoting all the things associated with good eating, eating that’s good for the body and the planet.  We teach families and children about healthy, sustainable eating in schools and at farmers’ markets.  To learn more, please check out our site www.purpleasparagus.com.