REEL EATS: December 2012

REEL EATS: December 2012


We are what we eat. Food is increasingly political, and the politics can be affected by ethical, cultural, medical and environmental concerns. The new monthly film series "REEL EATS" presented by People's Coop provides you the opportunity to chew over some new ideas, and feed your understanding of our place in the food chain. Scheduled on the Third Monday of every month with the opportunity for lively discussion after each screening.

Since all of tonight's films are courtesy of KarmaTube, admission is free.

Five Short Films Courtesy of KarmaTube

KarmaTube is dedicated to bringing inspirational stories to light, using the power of video and the internet to multiply acts of kindness, beauty, and generosity.

SEEDS OF FREEDOM (30 minutes)

Hybridized and genetically modified seed have allowed the unbridled profiteering of corporate agro-business to crush traditional patterns sustainable farming. This documentary show the consequences for biodiversity, livelihoods, cultural norms, and food sovereignty.

GROWING POWER (3 minutes)

Former basketball player and ex-corporate sales leader, Will Allen, is now one of the leading authorities in the growing field of urban agriculture. Starting with a 3-acre farm in Milwaukee, Allen has expanded to community food centers and satellite training sites in 6 other States. "If people can grow safe, healthy, affordable food, if they have access to land and clean water, this is transformative on every level in a community. I believe we cannot have healthy communities without a healthy food system."


"Gardening is a subversive activity," says Kitchen Gardeners International founder Roger Doiron. Growing a portion of our own foods is economical, delicious, and helps meet the increasing need for local food production. It also shifts the power over the quality of our food and our health into our own hands. 

NOT FAR FROM THE TREE (14 minutes)

Sour cherries, sweet cherries, serviceberries, mulberries, apricots, plums, crabapples, apples, pears, quince, grapes, peaches, sumac, black walnuts, pawpaw, elderberries, and ginkgo nut are some of the 1.5 million pounds of fruit grown in an unlikely place - the city of Toronto. A volunteer group, Not Far From The Tree, picks fruit from trees registered with the organization. The fruit is shared in thirds with the tree owners, the volunteers and local food banks and shelters, benefiting all three communities.


"The rhythm of life is becoming faster and faster, so we really don't have the same awareness and the same ability to check into ourselves." These words are from an unexpected source: a Harvard nutritionist. Dr. Lilian Cheung, with Nobel Peace Prize nominee Thich Nhat Hanh, co-wrote 'Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life.' "That's why mindful eating is becoming more important. We need to be coming back to ourselves and saying: 'Does my body need this? Why am I eating this? Is it just because I'm so sad and stressed out?'" In this 3-minute video, Dr. Cheung explains how honoring and being mindful of the food we eat makes us healthier. She offers seven practices for mindful eating -- simple steps that we can take to maintain a healthier weight and live a happier life. We are what we eat -- and how we eat it.

Special Admission