See a movie, save the planet

July 13, 2011
Ruth Backstrom
Publication: 
The Durham News

Have you ever worried about where your food comes from? Ever wondered what caused that jump in food prices? Have you asked yourself, is it safe to eat?
That is what many communities in this country (and around the world) are not only thinking, but doing something about! Come to a film series in Durham about local food that shows what people are doing all around the country and join us for a series of discussions about what steps we could take to expand our own local food initiatives. A five-part film-event series, "Feeding the Bull City," explores these trends among communities and what is happening in the local, sustainable food scene.

The film series is presented by Transition Durham (www.transitiondurham.org) in partnership with other local organizations. Transition Durham is one of now nearly 400 Transition initiatives worldwide, a movement founded in Totnes, England in 2006 that bring together like-minded people to create resilient, sustainable communities in response to the challenges of increased economic uncertainty (e.g., rising food and gas prices), environmentally destructive and dwindling fossil fuel resources, and climate change.

The Transition Movement sprang to life in the Triangle last year with the founding of Transition Carrboro-Chapel Hill. Modeled on other Transition Towns, but molded to meet unique local needs, this community-led volunteer organization held a "great unleashing" in May 2010 that brought together over 150 people to envision and launch the initiative. Groups were formed dedicated to changing approaches to energy, transportation, housing, food, etc.

Inspired by our neighbors, Transition Durham was formed and is focusing initially on food-related issues. TD is working to connect and expand networks involved in the production, distribution, and consumption of local, healthy, and affordable food.

More than simply a set of film screenings, the Feeding the Bull City series offers opportunities to inform and build public awareness, connect people and groups on food-related issues, and initiate actions to further the local food economy.

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Visit Transition Durham at http://transitiondurham.org
Photo: Farmers Market (from the Transition Durham website)

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