My new film is about the underground movement of young people moving back to the land and growing their own food in response to corporate corruption in our food supply. I’ve learned that food is perhaps the most important cause of the environmental and social ills of today and I’m trying to communicate the complex issue of industrial agriculture through the medium I know best.
Hawaiians, living on small remote islands, are the canaries in the coal mine when it comes to affects of pollution and overpopulation. Because of this young people from all walks of life are taking a stand and growing the changes they want to see in the world.
This film covers the GMO issue on Hawaii because it is such a hot button topic right now. What people on both sides of the debate agree on is that the pesticides, long used in industrial agriculture, have been toxic on public and environmental health and relying on fossil fuels to grow our food is unsustainable in a peak oil economy. The main point of contention is that many feel the companies are using more pesticides with GE seeds, while some say that GE technology is creating a lessor need for them.
I’m not taking sides about GMOs in this film because I am not a scientist, what I am taking a stand for is the untapped potential of local and diversified agriculture. 100 years ago, 1 in 3 people were farmers, today it is less that 1 in 60. Whenever you outsource any part of industry to large corporate interests you are going to sacrifice quality for efficiency and convenience. We have a large number problem with unemployment in my generation and more and more of us are seeing the connection between our health the quality of the food we eat. We just need help lifting regulations on urban farm laws to allow more people to produce food locally.