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Movie Review—Sustainable

By Fredrica Syren:

I admit I have watched more documentaries about organic food, small farms and environmental instability than I can count. However, the new documentary Sustainable is one I must recommend. This movie is well done and presents a provocative view of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system, the future of America’s farmland, and how we need to sustain food production in an environmentally safe way. It shows the agriculture issues facing us today like soil loss, lack of water, climate change, and the misuse of pesticides; but it also introduces us to those dedicating themselves to fighting all these issues.

In Sustainable, we hear interviews with farmers like Marty Travis of Spence Farm, Bill Niman of BN Ranch, and Klaas Martens of Lakeview Organic Grain, as well as other educational and research experts. Famed chef Rick Bayless likes to source only local ingredients for his restaurants. He explains his decision this way: “I kept asking myself, ‘How am I going to make great food if I don’t have any connection to the people who are growing that food?’”

I think that, with all the damage happening to our planet due to food production, Sustainable may be one of the most important and eye opening documentaries we can watch.

About Green Mom

Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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