Local Food Movement is Subject of Documentary & Panel at Center for Environment at Catawba


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“American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy.”

That comment, excerpted from the synopsis of a feature-length documentary called “Ingredients,” reveals the impetus behind a 66-minute film that will be shown Thursday, October 25, at the Center for the Environment facility on the Catawba College campus.

The film is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. after a 6 p.m. tasting of farm-fresh foods from Bread Riot, the event’s co-sponsor.

A panel will discuss the subject of the documentary after the screening. The panelists include Dr. Christopher Nagy, orthopaedic surgeon with Salisbury Orthopaedic Association and director of Your Personal Wellness Center;   Dr. Dane K. Fisher, owner of Fisher Farms and Pfeiffer University professor of biology whose specialty area is plant breeding and plant genetics; Dr. Jennifer Hudson, pediatrician with Salisbury Pediatrics; and Heather Hopkins-Teeter, owner and operator of Sweet Meadow Café, which offers fresh and local vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free foods.

Narrated by Bebe Neuwirth, the film explores the places and people behind the local food movement. “With questions of food safety, accessibility, cost, and health at the forefront, we learn that seasonal food grown close to home provides consumers with a sense of security as they develop relationships with the people who grow and prepare their food,” the literature says.

“Ingredients” Director Robert Bates noted that his goal was “to witness and reflect the work of individuals who are tirelessly devoted to producing food with the intention of feeding people, and not just turning the wheel of commerce.

“I have done this work in the interest of improving the health of our children and our environment, which are both at critical junctures,” he said. “My aim is that the pleasures of eating local are echoed in the experience of watching the film, and that it inspires a greater desire to know the people who produce our food.”

Bates received the James Beard award for Best National Television Program for “The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter.” He has also directed three award-winning films about the history and culture of Hawaii.

The film and panel discussion are free and open to the public, but registration is required. To register, call 704.637.4727.


The Center for the Environment at Catawba College was founded in 1996 to provide education and outreach centered on prevalent environmental challenges and to foster community-oriented sustainable solutions that can serve as a model for programs throughout the country. For more information, visit www.centerfortheenvironment.org or www.campaignforcleanair.org.


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