Tuesday, February 16, 7:00 – 9:30 pm – Food Fight

When we walk into a supermarket, we assume that we have the widest possible choice of healthy foods.  But, in fact, over the course of the 20th century, our food system has been co-opted by corporate forces whose interests do not lie in providing the public with fresh, healthy, and sustainably grown food.  Fortunately for America, an alternative emerged from the counter culture of California in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, where a group of political anti-corporate protesters – led by Alice Waters – voiced their dissent by creating a food chain outside of the conventional system.  The unintended result was the birth of a vital local-sustainable-organic food movement, which has brought back taste and variety to our tables.

Chris Taylor’s award winning film Food Fight is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counter-revolution against agribusiness.  Join the Harvard University Dining Services Food Literacy Project for this screening at the Science Center Lecture Hall A, Cambridge campus, followed by a discussion with filmmaker Chris Taylor and Woody Tasch, the founder of Slow Money Alliance.  Slow Money Alliance is a new nonprofit that combines principles of philanthropy and investing to “bring money back down to earth” by encouraging investment in small food enterprises, local food systems, and local economies.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information email theresa_mcculla@harvard.edu.