Michael Pollan’s Food Rules
“A short stop-motion film that playfully animates seeds, veggies, cookies and popcorn to the wise and simple words of award-winning author, journalist and food activist Michael Pollan, “Michael Pollan’s Food Rules” illustrates with surprising clarity the case for a more mindful food production industry.
Made, quite fittingly, on a kitchen table by Marija Jacimovic and Benoit Detalle, it won the 2012 RSA/Nominet Trust Film Competition and has since been screened at festivals worldwide. Illustrating the importance of healthy eating and the heath of our planet, it acts like an appetizer to anyone willing to become more mindful of the food they eat.”
Our Dwindling Food Variety
As we’ve come to depend on a handful of commercial varieties of fruits and vegetables, thousands of heirloom varieties have disappeared. It’s hard to know exactly how many have been lost over the past century, but a study conducted in 1983 by the Rural Advancement Foundation International gave a clue to the scope of the problem. It compared USDA listings of seed varieties sold by commercial U.S. seed houses in 1903 with those in the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory in 1983. The survey, which included 66 crops, found that about 93 percent of the varieties had gone extinct. More up-to-date studies are needed.
The figures are stark: up to 2bn tonnes of perfectly good food is wasted every year – between 30% and 50% of all the food produced around the world. In Britain alone we waste a quarter of all the food we buy. This includes 1.6bn apples – 25 each – and 2.6bn slices of bread. If you could somehow get all the food we waste in the UK into the bellies of the world’s malnourished people, two-thirds of them would no longer go hungry.
Chutes d’Images: see also this TED talk
Paul McManamon – Food Bank
The project is a model for the extension of London’s ailing infrastructure which supports the urban dweller, and thus is a response to the classification of London as a city of serious food and energy shortages. The proposal looks towards the future when London’s consumption is expected to be unable to meet demand and when the global population reaches 8.3 billion. This project introduces a half organic, half industrial architecture supplying the City of London with a new series of production and distribution network hubs that adapt their sizes to the amount of resources contained inside of them, feeding the city, providing jobs and re-using the existing architectural infrastructure.
get out and get this book. i have my copy and i have more on order for my family members. ask for it at your local library. sb
Salute to Food Rebels III: Maurice Small Brings Farms to …
“Mark Winne talks about Maurice Small, one of the many inspiring activists profiled in his new book, Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas: Fighting Back in an age of Industrial Agriculture.”
HOPE IN A CHANGING CLIMATE — by John D. Liu, journalist and soil scientist. I met him at Bioneers 2011 last year. He debated Paul Stamets about capitalism. 30 minute documentary that will change your life.
John Thackara : Who Is the Arne Jacobsen of Urban Food?
“At a workshop on food in cities at Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark last week I learned: that the largest food exporter in Sweden is Ikea (meatballs); that for every meal eaten in a UK restaurant, nearly half a kilo of food is wasted; that about 40 percent of the food produced in the United States isn’t consumed; ” […]
See also his blog : http://www.doorsofperception.com/