Monday, February 18, 2008

L.I.F.E. Lessons

The 143 million lbs. of beef recalled Sunday is another example that Americans need to pay closer attention to what's on our plates. Short of thousands of dying suddenly from contamination, food security seems destined to be one of the issues we comfortably ignore.

Food justice and food security in L'ville (JCPS dumped 1,200 lbs. of beef) is a topic local media ought to dedicate more and better coverage towards. I'm certainly interested in it after writing Eating Ourselves to Death in LEO last August. Stay glued to the pages of LEO.

If you're a more visual person, however, below is a new documentary set for release:

Locally Integrated Food Economy (L.I.F.E.) Lessons.

Produced by the Community Farm Alliance, a grassroots food justice organization, "L.I.F.E. Lessons" documents our progress and pitfalls. One of the bright spots is the partnership between Urban Fresh, a business started by youth activist Sayheed Asante that brings fresh food to the inner-city with the help of Kentucky farmers, such as Grasshoppers LLC.

The documentary also highlights the city's continued perils, namely the lack of healthy food options in West Louisville and East Downtown (e.g. Sheppard Square housing projects). Also, the heavy concentration of fast food restaurants along W. Broadway, which is also the heaviest black populated area of Kentucky and the most densely populated fast food thoroughfare in the entire state.

Funny how race and unhealthy food correspond, huh?

Also of note, "L.I.F.E Lessons" was directed and edited by a fellow alternative media guerrilla in L'Ville, documentary filmmaker John Doe. The documentary should be available to the public in the next couple of weeks.

Check it out.

L.I.F.E. Lessons

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