From the people who brought us Food, Inc. comes another important documentary called A PLACE AT THE TABLE, which opens tomorrow, March 1st, at theaters across the country.
In the U.S., approximately 50 million people (one in four children) do not know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means and resources to provide healthy, nutritious meals for everyone.
A PLACE AT THE TABLE examines this issue through the lens of three individuals who are struggling with food insecurity – Barbie, a single mother with two kids in Philadelphia; Rosie, a Colorado fifth-grader who often has to depend on friends and neighbors to feed her and has trouble concentrating in school and; Tremonica, a Mississippi second-grader whose asthma and health issues are exacerbated by the largely empty calories her hardworking mother can afford.
These stories are interwoven with testimony from health experts, sociologists, activists, chefs, and others including: Bravo’s Top Chef Tom Colicchio, actor Jeff Bridges, NYU Professor Marion Nestle, Environmental Working Group’s Ken Cook, and author Raj Patel.
The film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and opens nationwide at theaters tomorrow and will be available on iTunes and OnDemand.
A few thoughts…..
1) We should be ashamed that 50 million of our fellow citizens do not know where their next meal is coming from. It is a total failure on our government’s part (our part) to have let this happen.
2) This reality further reinforces the notion that “GMOs are the only way to feed to world” is complete nonsense.
We have 50 million people hungry in the U.S. and it is not from a lack of food. It is from a lack of will to feed them. This is a political issue, not a supply issue.
So, the next time you come across someone who misinforms you that GMOs are the only way to feed the world, please ask them how this policy is working out so far in the U.S.