At last year’s Table Matters event I met Scott Rowe, the Executive Chef of the New Hope Chef Training Program run by the Salvation Army on the North Shore. The program focuses on providing marginalized youth with training and skills to get their “foot in the door”. We had a few short but interesting conversations about the New Hope Chef program, so I was pleased to hear his voice this week when he called to ask me if I knew of any good short documentaries on food security or sustainable agriculture. Scott wanted to show a short documentary to the participants of the New Hope Chef Training Program to share some of the issues around food security we’re facing and the alternatives to ‘industrial’ farming. This got me thinking, and I also asked for help from some friends.
This is what we came up with:
- Ensuring the Future of Food – The Department of Agriculture in Japan put this animation together. Thank-you to Shelby for sharing it with us!
- Spreading Seeds – A short documentary produced as part of a campaign for urban agriculture in Vancouver, Canada.
- Good Food: A Collection of Short Films on Food & Sustainability – Brought to you by Media that Matters, this is a great collection of shorts.
- The Root Cause – Arzeena Hamir suggested this one on food security issues facing the City of Richmond, and reveals overwhelming public unawareness, increasing institutional concern and a strong grassroots movement to address food insecurity within the community
Do you have any favourites you’d like to share with us?