Since food and water are unavoidable consumer products (except for the most ardent self-sufficient warriors), fully understanding our options and how our decisions impact our health, environment and culture is vital for any individual interested in the values of Earth Week. In an effort address some of these issues, the Library will be showing two films with panel discussions afterward.
Main Library | Wednesday, April 20 | 6:30pm
The rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model lead to consequences: food contamination, pollution, depletion of natural resources and rampant obesity. Looking to forge healthier, sustainable alternatives, Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers, and businesses across America who are re-inventing our food system. After viewing, speakers from the Greater Grand Rapids Food Systems Council and Heartside Gardeners will explain their organizations’ roles in our community and discuss the film with the audience.
Main Library | Thursday, April 21 | 7:00pm
Is access to clean drinking water a basic human right, or a commodity that should be bought and sold like any other article of commerce? Stephanie Soechtig’s debut feature is an unflinching examination of the big business of bottled water. After the viewing, a panel will discuss the film and local water issues with the audience.
For additional research, please visit our Sustainable Food and Water Resource Management guides that will steer you towards books in our catalog, area organizations and web resources.