7 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12 Trinity High School, 7574 Division Street, River Forest. Presentation by Dr. Thierry Vrain, a genetic engineer who resides in British Columbia. Following a long career as a soil biologist and genetic scientist during which he analyzed the large amount of scientific evidence that shows how synthetic pesticides harm human health and the environment, Dr. Vrain is sounding the warning about the multiple dangers associated with pesticide use in crop production and domestic applications.
"Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret"
Filmmaker: Kip Anderson
Elmhurst College, Schaible Science Center (corner of Prospect and Elm), Illinois Hall. -- 190 S. Prospect Avenue
*Followed by post film Q&A
Animal agriculture is the leading cause of deforestation, water consumption and pollution, is responsible for more greenhouse gases than the transportation industry, and is a primary driver of rainforest destruction, species extinction, habitat loss, topsoil erosion, ocean “dead zones,” and virtually every other environmental ill. Yet it goes on, almost entirely unchallenged.
As Andersen approaches leaders in the environmental movement, he increasingly uncovers what appears to be an intentional refusal to discuss the issue of animal agriculture, while industry whistleblowers and watchdogs warn him of the risks to his freedom and even his life if he dares to persist.
Filmmaker: Andrew Hasse
Screenings Date & Time TBA
Edible City introduces a diverse cast of extraordinary San Francisco based activists who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system. The film digs deep into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding inspirational, grass-roots solutions based on growing local food systems and economies.
Battlefields to Farm Fields
Screenings Date & Time TBA
America needs a million new farmers. Veterans want the job! Ground Operations: Battlefields to Farmfields champions combat vets who are rebuilding their own lives as organic farmers & ranchers and revitalizing their communities with access to local, affordable, fresh, healthy food. These heroes blow the lid off stereotypes and you’ll be rooting for them all the way to your farmers market.
“Just Eat It,” an award-winning documentary about the staggering amounts of food that go to waste in households and farm fields, has been selected as the One Earth Film Festival’s first Festival Choice winner. It will be shown as part of the City of Chicago’s 2015 Earth Day Celebration on April 22. The Festival Choice is intended to expose a wider audience to a One Earth selection that addresses a particular environmental issue and offers workable solutions to it. One Earth Film Festival earlier screened “Just Eat It” at Loyola University Chicago in February and the Oak Park Main Public Library in early March.