Since Whole Foods Market began in 1980, our mission of selling the highest quality natural and organic foods, while supporting local growers, animal welfare and environmental stewardship, has remained. These same issues are now being brought to the forefront by filmmakers, farmers and activists concerned about the U.S. food system and its impact on the earth.
In conjunction with Earth Month, we are launching a nationwide effort to trigger awareness, followed by action, to remedy the problems facing the U.S. food system. The program, called “Let’s Retake Our Plates,” helps us convey our belief that every dollar spent in a grocery store can make a difference in how our food is produced.
The program is being launched with 150 film festivals around the country featuring movies and documentaries which focus on the challenges and realities of the industrialized food system. These timely and relevant films increase awareness of food production and its effect on us and the earth.
In Metro Detroit, the film festival is being held April 29 at the Detroit Science Center. We have selected four films that work to initiate change through awareness, understanding and discussion. Our film collection includes: the Academy Award® Nominee for Best Documentary Feature film, “Food, Inc.,” and the independent documentary project “No Impact Man.” We will also be showing “What’s On Your Plate?” and “The Garden.”
Doors open at 5 p.m., with the first two films beginning at 5:30 p.m. Viewers can choose “Food, Inc.” or “No Impact Man” for their first film. Dinner will be served at approximately 7 p.m. and will be coupled with an open discussion regarding issues raised in the first set of films. The second set of films will begin at 8 p.m., and run until 9:30 p.m. Viewers can choose “What’s on Your Plate” or “The Garden” for last section of the film festival. (Choice of films is first come, first served on the day of the event).
If you would like to see previews of these intriguing films, please click on the links to the trailers:
To learn more about these films, participate in a daily poll or learn more about the issues, solutions and actions, visit www.letsretakeourplates.com.