"What's On Your Plate?" is exactly the film we need now.
Congratulations, Sadie and Safiyah! It is great to have you take us through the food cycle. As somebody said: "You are what you eat." Thank you for helping us get it right. You will definitely capture the imagination of your peers and generations beyond.
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.
This film is charming beyond belief and covers a lot of great stuff. Thanks for making it.
We are, for the first time in our history, at the unenviable moment when our unhealthy diet and lack of education surrounding our food supply, has combined to foment the perfect storm that is taking us toward extinction. If we do not change what we feed our children and teach them about their food supply and the symbiotic relationship between a healthy planet, healthy food and healthy bodies - this path will become a reality. "What's On Your Plate" will provide a first step in our education, which just might curb this trajectory and possibly save our children, their planet and all of our future.
What's on your plate? Well, what's on your ballot... So much of what we eat in America has to do with choices we make in the political realm. Unfortunately the under 18 constituency that is so affected by our food policy choices doesn't get to vote. I think this film will go far in focusing our attention on the way we're feeding the next generations.
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.
I think that Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma, and his subsequent In Defense of Food, is to the food movement what Silent Spring was to the environmental movement. He did an excellent job of being eloquent about the industrial food system and how it ends up on our plate, and that's how I see this movie being for youth. It's an 11-year-old's take of Omnivore's Dilemma in a film for people to really be able to take it in bite sized pieces and understand it.