On Energy Debates and Food Documentaries
Tonight, live from the University of Charleston (WestVirginia), a debate will air online between Waterkeeper Alliance President and environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and Massey Energy Chairman and CEO Don Blankenship. The discussion is called the Forum on the Future of Energy and it will “advance the national discussion about U.S. energy policy and its impact on jobs, the environment, the economy, and national security.”
Several local television stations will broadcast the debate: WOWK, WBOY, WTRF, WVNS, and WSAZ. It will also be online at Justin TV. Here‘s the form to submit a question (I don’t know what the cutoff is/was, but if you’ve got a burning question, you may as well submit).
Next, food as social activism in Food Fight, which is now available on DVD after making the rounds of film festivals and garnering quite a few accolades. And yes, Michael Pollan is once again featured, as he has become the nation’s expert on food.
Did you squirm at the goat comment?
I’ve seen King Corn, Food Inc., Fast Food Nation and The Future of Food and there’s not a vegan message in the lot, not that I thought there would be. Super Size Me comes closer. It seems that Earthlings (though heavy on factory farming and animal mills rather than on creating animals to eat or pet, despite a fantastic opening about speciesism) and Peaceable Kingdom: The Journey Home are the only films available that ask the tough questions about animals. And the latter is the only film I’ve seen with a message I completely agree with. Let me know if I’m leaving something out. The first four films are helpful for your environmental advocacy and especially for food policy enlightenment. From the corporate control of the seeds to the corporate control of animals and land, to the astounding number of corporate attorneys and CEOs of agribusiness who end up in key government positions, this group of films-though not without flaws-presents the issues clearly and simply.
From the clip above, it doesn’t seem like Food Fight has much to add, but we’ll see.