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.