Michael Pollan

What’s On Your Plate?

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Last night was the first nutrition-related event I’ve gone to since getting back to the States, and I have to say, a screening of What’s On Your Plate was the perfect welcome back. This documentary by Catherine Gund follows two NYC tweens on their quest to find out where their food comes from and how to get more farm-fresh foods to more people.

Here’s what some people are saying:

“What’s On Your Plate” is exactly the film we need now.”It was an amazing experience to hear kids talking about these issues.This movie can have a real impact on the way we think about what we’re eating.”

—Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma

“I’ve been lobbying for more than 15 years on children’s health issues, and it’s easy to get frustrated with the opposition on Capitol Hill, in state legislatures, or even local jurisdictions. The task is helping policy makers understand and see all sides of an issue. I believe it’s time for the messengers to change. And there are no better messengers than kids themselves. One of the things I love about the film is the natural curiosity and all the questions that arise. We as adults, while we need to guide kids and provide direction, also need to step out of the way and provide room for young people to testify, share their stories, ask the right questions and ultimately demand change.”

—Kimberly Perry of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation

“It was an amazing experience to hear kids talking about these issues.This movie can have a real impact on the way we think about what we’re eating.”

—Alice Waters, chef, author and founder of the Edible Schoolyard