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Sustainable Food and Farming Film Competition: Submissions Due Feb. 3
“This contest gives an opportunity for filmmakers to generate powerful storytelling about food, farming and sustainability,” says Anna Lappé, director of the Real Food Media Project. “The more great minds we have thinking about these issues and producing creative ways to deliver the messages, the better.”
Films should range in length from 30-seconds to four-minutes, using one of four different style prompts—Documentary Style, Experimental, Advocacy Style, Wildcard. Documentary style can profile "food heroes," highlight a place that’s being revived through "community groups, local policy makers, or activists building healthy food and farming networks," or show how local food can "take a bite out of climate change."
The second is experimental style. They are looking for a film that can “bring to life the concept: the hands that feed us.” The third is advocacy and should focus on producing safer, more sustainable food, protecting human health, helping raise a healthy generation, keeping fields and farms safe for workers, or come up with your own advocacy pitch.
The fourth category is a wildcard, which can include just about anything: “Come up with your own prompt about sustainable food and farming. Funny. Serious. Artsy. Make it worth our time and you might join the winners’ circle.” Click here for submission guidelines.
“There’s incredible interest today in where our food comes from and how it is produced—and this generation has so much to say about it. The contest provides a great platform for original voices that can help make a change by delivering this increasingly important information,” says journalist and contest judge Michael Pollan.
Contest judges include:
- Padma Lakshmi, cookbook author, actress, model and television host
- Michael Pollan, journalist and author, Omnivore’s Dilemma
- Robert Kenner, Academy Award-nominated director, “Food Inc.”
- Eric Schlosser, journalist and author, Fast Food Nation
- Johanna Blakley, managing director, Norman Lear Center, USC
- Byron Hurt, director and producer, “Soul Food Junkies”
- Alice Waters, Chez Panisse and Chez Panisse Foundation
- Keri Putnam, executive director of the Sundance Institute
- The Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA)
- Emily Zweber, organic farmer
The Real Food Media Project is a collaborative initiative using online movies and a web-based action center along with grassroots events around the country to spread the stories of sustainable food and farming. The project is a program of Corporate Accountability International and is brought to you by Anna Lappé and Food MythBusters. The Real Food Media Project is partnering with School Ambassadors who help connect students who may be interested in participating in the contest.
“This contest is a great opportunity to support the food movement and independent filmmaking. The two are a perfect fit,” says Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation and a contest judge.
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By Julia Conley
Climate campaigners on Friday expressed hope that policymakers who are stalling on taking decisive climate action would reconsider their stance in light of new warnings from an unlikely source: two economists at J.P. Morgan Chase.
Tensions are continuing to rise in Canada over a controversial pipeline project as protesters enter their 12th day blockading railways, demonstrating on streets and highways, and paralyzing the nation's rail system
Colorado River Has Lost 1.5 Billion Tons of Water to the Climate Crisis, 'Severe Water Shortages' May Follow
California is headed toward drought conditions as February, typically the state's wettest month, passes without a drop of rain. The lack of rainfall could lead to early fire conditions. With no rain predicted for the next week, it looks as if this month will be only the second time in 170 years that San Francisco has not had a drop of rain in February, according to The Weather Channel.
The last time San Francisco did not record a drop of rain in February was in 1864 as the Civil War raged.
"This hasn't happened in 150 years or more," said Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to The Guardian. "There have even been a couple [of] wildfires – which is definitely not something you typically hear about in the middle of winter."
While the Pacific Northwest has flooded from heavy rains, the southern part of the West Coast has seen one storm after another pass by. Last week, the U.S. Drought Monitor said more Californians are in drought conditions than at any time during 2019, as The Weather Channel reported.
The dry winter has included areas that have seen devastating fires recently, including Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. If the dry conditions continue, those areas will once again have dangerously high fire conditions, according to The Mercury News.
"Given what we've seen so far this year and the forecast for the next few weeks, I do think it's pretty likely we'll end up in some degree of drought by this summer," said Swain, as The Mercury News reported.
Another alarming sign of an impending drought is the decreased snowpack in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range. The National Weather Service posted to Twitter a side-by-side comparison of snowpack from February 2019 and from this year, illustrating the puny snowpack this year. The snow accumulated in the Sierra Nevadas provides water to roughly 30 percent of the state, according to NBC Los Angeles.
Right now, the snowpack is at 53 percent of its normal volume after two warm and dry months to start the year. It is a remarkable decline, considering that the snowpack started 2020 at 90 percent of its historical average, as The Guardian reported.
"Those numbers are going to continue to go down," said Swain. "I would guess that the 1 March number is going to be less than 50 percent."
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center forecast that the drier-than-average conditions may last through April.
NOAA said Northern California will continue deeper into drought through the end of April, citing that the "persistent high pressure over the North Pacific Ocean is expected to continue, diverting storm systems to the north and south and away from California and parts of the Southwest," as The Weather Channel reported.
As the climate crisis escalates and the world continues to heat up, California should expect to see water drawn out of its ecosystem, making the state warmer and drier. Increased heat will lead to further loss of snow, both as less falls and as more of it melts quickly, according to The Guardian.
"We aren't going to necessarily see less rain, it's just that that rain goes less far. That's a future where the flood risk extends, with bigger wetter storms in a warming world," said Swain, as The Guardian reported.
The Guardian noted that while California's reservoirs are currently near capacity, the more immediate impact of the warm, dry winter will be how it raises the fire danger as trees and grasslands dry out.
"The plants and the forests don't benefit from the water storage reservoirs," said Swain, as The Mercury News reported. "If conditions remain very dry heading into summer, the landscape and vegetation is definitely going to feel it this year. From a wildfire perspective, the dry years do tend to be the bad fire years, especially in Northern California."
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