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Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Yogurt, came to Chicago last week to help promote the academy-award nominated documentary, Food, Inc. The film takes an unflinching look at how agri-business has fundamentally changed the way we eat, how food is grown, and what the health and economic consequences of remaining uninformed about what we put in our mouths are. I think the message that gets lost in the often frightening discussion of our current food system and in this film is that we are empowered as consumers to change what gets produced and demand better for ourselves. We have the money, we have the power.

If you haven’t seen this film yet, please rent it. If you can’t, then take a few minutes and listen to Gary talk about the importance of organics and sustainable farming in America’s food system:

Stonyfield Talk, Part 1 from Tammy Green on Vimeo.

Gary Hirshberg talks about why agriculture today is lose-lose-lose and how organics provides an opportunity for everyone to win: the farmer’s, the environment, and consumers.

Stonyfield Talk, Part 2 from Tammy Green on Vimeo.

In this segment, Gary talks about how the choice between local and organic is often not the right deciding factor. That locally produced food can have a higher carbon footprint that imported goods.

Stonyfield Talk, Part 3 from Tammy Green on Vimeo.

In this segment, Gary talks about how child obesity programs don’t go far enough — that what’s needed is a fundamental change in our food system.

Stonyfield Talk, Part 4 from Tammy Green on Vimeo.

Finally, Gary ends with the difference between feed lot production and pasture production, and a discussion of US food policy and the need for change.

Information for this entry was provided via a media lunch. Food, drink, yogurt and copies of Food, Inc. were provided free of charge.

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