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I’ve been in Abu Dhabi as a decide for the Meals Tech Problem, which introduced collectively meals entrepreneurs and innovators from all around the world to submit concepts about altering meals methods within the UAE. It’s been very thrilling to be on the bottom within the UAE, as a result of meals and agriculture advocates listed here are making ready for the subsequent U.N. local weather convention, COP28, which will likely be in Dubai in November.
So many organizations and activists are working to construct up momentum, and I can’t wait to see what we will do over the subsequent few months to proceed highlighting the position of meals in fixing the local weather disaster.
And this weekend, I’ll be in Utah moderating three days of sold-out talks, screenings, and tastings happening throughout the Sundance Movie Pageant. Extra particulars HERE. And as I put together for the journey, I’ve been reflecting on storytelling, and the way the tales we inform can have actual impression on the earth.
These in energy have huge affect over what tales get advised and funded, A-dae Romero Briones of the First Nations Improvement Institute stated final yr on the SXSW pageant. We’ve develop into “disattached from our tales, identical to we’ve develop into disattached from our meals,” she stated. And, she provides, “You must take heed to their story. Society has to do the work.”
Storytelling has lengthy been integral to the mission of Meals Tank. Through the early days of COVID-19, for instance, we centered on under-covered tales of frontline employees and meals producers. On this week’s episode of our podcast, Meals Speak with Dani Nierenberg, our government producer Rob Pera made an excellent level: In the beginning of the pandemic, with how little we knew, it virtually felt like we had been doing a miniseries on a very new subject—after which that grew to become our world.
At our occasions throughout Sundance, Meals Tank is specializing in blue meals methods, which embody aquaculture and aquatic crops, fisheries, ocean farming, and extra. And we’re recognizing that maritime meals manufacturing isn’t a miniseries or a facet undertaking however truly a central ingredient of sustainable meals methods.
Greater than 3 billion folks all over the world depend on blue meals for important vitamins, in accordance with the U.N. Meals and Agriculture Group, and almost half the blue meals workforce is feminine. And it may assist handle our international starvation points, too: The Excessive Stage Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Financial system predicts that extra sustainable and accountable practices may assist enhance blue meals manufacturing by six occasions. Many people within the meals motion—myself included, I’ll admit—have lengthy centered totally on terrestrial meals methods, however we have to assume holistically about how blue meals methods match into the tales we inform about regenerative transformation.
So in Utah, we’ll be serving to share the story of blue meals methods with a number of movies we’ve helped curate with Jen Bushman of Fed By Blue. We’ll see “SeaLegacy: A Sea of Hope,” a movie by Emmy-nominated director and SeaLegacy founder Andy Mann that paperwork ocean life for the aim of conservation. The movie “Feeding Tomorrow,” by Oliver English and Simon English, explores the overwhelming decisions we make every single day about what we eat, and Matthieu Rytz’s “Deep Rising” follows the environmental penalties of deep-sea mining on all life on Earth.
And I wish to shout out “Hope In The Water,” one other movie we’ll be showcasing. The docuseries is produced by award-winning producer and author David E. Kelley and celeb chef and advocate Andrew Zimmern, and it highlights the abundance of modern alternatives to revive our world’s oceans whereas responsibly producing meals. And we’ll additionally as soon as once more be capable to share “Meals 2050,” a movie by The Rockefeller Basis and Media RED that spotlights 10 international meals visionaries.
These occasions are a extremely distinctive alternative to share these tales with culturally influential of us who won’t in any other case have these conversations about meals system transformation, and I’m excited to be again. Right here’s what I respect about these movies, too: Seeing a documentary about meals is an effective first step, however truly doing one thing about it’s completely completely different—and these movies assist inform us the precise methods we will make an impression with the data we’re studying and the tales we’re listening to.
Tickets are bought out…however you’re a Meals Tanker. So when you occur to be in Park Metropolis throughout Sundance, e-mail our co-founder Bernie Pollack at [email protected], and we’d love so that you can be our friends. I broke my foot lately—not a enjoyable option to begin the brand new yr—however I hope to see you as I hobble across the pageant!
As a part of Meals Tank’s strategic plans to satisfy the momentum of the meals motion in 2023, we’ll proceed utilizing movie and different cultural areas to spark dialogue in regards to the pressing modifications we have to see within the meals motion. What are some food-related movies that encourage you—that decision you to motion? Share them with me at [email protected]
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