Adán Medrano is a Chef, Food Writer and Filmmaker. Author of “Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage In Recipes” – Book Of The Year Finalist by Foreword Reviews. His most recent book, Don’t Count the Tortillas – The Art of Texas Mexican Cooking, is reviewed and listed by “Spruce Eats” in “The 8 Best Mexican cookbooks to read in 2021.” Medrano spent 23 years travelling and working throughout Latin America, Europe and Asia where he came to recognize the importance of food and culinary traditions in society. He returned to the US in 2010 to focus on the culinary traditions of the Mexican American community of Texas: its history, recipes, and how this singular cuisine is showing the way towards a better understanding of what it means to be “American.”
The Ants & The Grasshopper follows Anita Chitaya from Malawi, Africa who has a gift; she can help bring abundant food from dead soil, she can make men fight for gender equality, and she can end child hunger in her village. Now, to save her home from extreme weather, she faces her greatest challenge: persuading Americans that climate change is real.
The Soils, Food and Healthy Communities project is a participatory, farmer-led nonprofit organization, using agroecological methods to improve food security and nutrition in Malawi. SFHC was co-founded by Anita Chitaya and Esther Lupafya, both featured in the documentary film The Ants & The Grasshopper.
Raj Patel is an award-winning author, film-maker and academic. He is a Research Professor in the Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. His first book was Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System. His second, The Value of Nothing, was a New York Times and international best-seller. He is the co-author with Jason W. Moore of A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things. His acclaimed latest book, co-authored with Rupa Marya, is entitled Inflamed: Deep Medicine and The Anatomy of Injustice. His first film, co-directed with Zak Piper and filmed over the course of a decade in Malawi and the United States, is the award-winning documentary The Ants & The Grasshopper. He can be heard co-hosting the food politics podcast The Secret Ingredient with Mother Jones’ Tom Philpott, and KUT’s Rebecca McInroy.
Shine Global is a non-profit media company. We produce inspiring films and compelling content about children and their families. Through tailored distribution and outreach, we connect with our audiences in communities, classrooms, museums, and on capitol hill as part of a powerful engagement campaign to encourage social change. THE HARVEST/LA COSECHA is "the story of the children who feed America" and profiles three children as they journey from the scorching heat of Texas’ onion fields to the winter snows of the Michigan apple orchards and back south to the humidity of Florida’s tomato fields to follow the harvest.
SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds.
The SEED: The Untold Story companion Discussion Guide is a printable, downloadable PDF that provides a deep-dive into the issues explored in the film. It is free and available to the public. The sections of this guide were created for a facilitator to use after a SEED screening to foster dialog, delve deeper into the topics in the film, and inspire action.
The Food Chain Workers Alliance and some of the our members have created or participated in the creation of videos that show the exploitation of food workers and how the workers are organizing to improve their wages and working conditions, as well as to make our food system more sustainable.
The Hands That Feed Us is a report by the Food Chain Workers Alliance that examines the challenges and opportunities for workers along the food chain.
September 30 from 4-5 p.m. EST. Register here.
One of the greatest barriers to just agriculture is equitable access to land. Through a history of land grabs and forced migration, Black, Indigenous, and People of Color have been separated from their land, worsening systemic inequities. Over the past 100 years, Black-owned farmland in the U.S. has declined by roughly 98%. Savi Horne, Executive Director of Land Loss Prevention Project, and Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, will talk about the impacts of land loss on rural and urban communities and what we can do to break down these barriers.
The Food Empowerment Project seeks to create a more just and sustainable world by recognizing the power of one’s food choices.