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Edible City: Grow the Revolution

2012 ,    »  -   13 Comments
Ratings: 8.00/10 from 12 users.

Edible City is a fun, fast-paced journey through the Local Good Food movement that's taking root in the San Francisco Bay Area, across the nation and around the world.

Introducing a diverse cast of extraordinary and eccentric characters who are challenging the paradigm of our broken food system, Edible City digs into their unique perspectives and transformative work, finding hopeful solutions to monumental problems.

Inspirational, down-to-earth and a little bit quirky, Edible City captures the spirit of a movement that's making real change and doing something truly revolutionary: growing the model for a healthy, sustainable local food system.

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13 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Jack1952

    Every elementary school should have a gardening program. It is an education both mental and physical that is immeasurable in it's benefits.

  2. brianrose87
  3. brianrose87

    In my neighborhood several people have commented on how they dislike their grapefruit, carambola, orange, and mango trees because they have to pick up the fallen fruit before it rots, smells, and attracts flies.

    This movement will only gain greater traction if/when a food crisis is afoot. While poorer countries the world over have food crises, such as those that sparked the Arab Spring, the USA will likely have to wait many decades before even a modest "crisis".

    We in the U.S. pay less of our total income toward food than any other country in the world, and we grow unimaginable amounts of crops. Looking at food waste, its estimated that ~33% of food is thrown away. Not to mention how much of our crop goes to feeding cattle and ethanol production.

    I grow my own food and participate in the local "Permaculture Guild". I've participated in dozens of Perma-blitzes where we turn entire yards into food forests and gardens in a single day. This is progress with real world consequences, and I don't want to diminish that.

    However, it is akin to our attempts to jump-start renewable energy. We can increase renewable capacity by 800%, and still only provide 1.5% of our countries total energy needs (electric and liquid fuel combined).

    Are there a number of large scale wind and solar installations being built? Yes, but its a drop in a barrel in terms of the energy we use. Are there a number of rapidly expanding local food initiatives? Yes, but again its a drop in a barrel compared to our total food consumption.

    The poor countries that do currently have food crises are ripe for a food revolution though. For any curious mind, I recommend a google search of "Moringa" and "ECHO food perennial". Supporting the placement of mineral and nutrient rich perennial plants in poor countries would have a real and profound effect on the world in the immediate future.

  4. Trevis Robotie
  5. Trevis Robotie

    Moringa is heavy heavy FUEL!luvvit!

  6. Cap'n Canard
  7. Cap'n Canard

    Absofreakinglutely! and children directly involved with both growing food and meal preparation etc. I suspect that older kids, if any, would possibly be the least enthusiastic.

  8. Bryce Butkiewicz
  9. Bryce Butkiewicz

    does anyone see the giant Safeway truck slowly rolling through screen at about 2:14 - rather unfortunate timing!

  10. Elizabeth Wesley
  11. Elizabeth Wesley

    I'm so glad I watched this; beautiful that different races can work together for a common goal. If more people did this Monsanto would not be a threat anymore and that would eliminate one evil on this planet.

  12. disqus_j5NEtEbAga
  13. disqus_j5NEtEbAga

    why the rabbit ? could have left that out thanks.

  14. Actof Courage
  15. Actof Courage

    Back to basic's so simple the America people are just plain lazy and want everything done for them. A beautiful and inspiring movie THANK YOU

  16. Rampage
  17. Rampage

    Stereotyping isn't the way to solve these issues. Most all people are "lazy" when they live in modernized countries. Believe it or not, most of us are victims of mass chemical ingestion, brainwashing media, and voluntary slavery. Without any clue.

    If you want to fix these issues we all need to work together, and educate each other. After all we each have a different perspective.

  18. darcy_2k
  19. darcy_2k

    1.5%? Simply not true

  20. darcy_2k
  21. darcy_2k

    No-one likes a gloater. Nice graph by the way. But a graph is not god. The reality is more complex. And I think you're missing the point a little.

    I could be mistaken, but you seem to suggest Renewable Energy can NEVER deliver a susbstantial portion of our energy needs.

    Renewable energy has had a fraction of the investment over a fraction of the timescale. It has gone from not existing, to existing in small pockets.

    Don't get me wrong, I don't think it's the be all and end all, however renewable energy can and will increase its contribution, and it can be a substantial one.

    I believe oil has to remain involved in our energy future, but the balance is completely skewed at present. Oil remains the most heavily subsidised industry on the planet at around $500 billion a year.

    Also, Biogas (anerobic digestion etc) is a key industry which hasn't even got going. Unless we invest more and put more effort into alternatives, we will never achieve the potentials.

    Of course, all the goodwill in the world can never solve our problems, which I believe was your original point. But factor in societal changes and paradigm shifts, and the possibilities are unknowable.

  22. brianrose87
  23. brianrose87

    Always good to see another informed individual; we're definitely in agreement.

    My fundamental point was that the depletion of fossil fuels may force us to both develop renewables more rapidly AND reduce our consumption. But this depends on when global oil production peaks.

    If peak oil happens in 20 years then we'll likely be able to transition to renewables without sacrificing much in terms of lifestyle.

    If peak oil happens in 5 years then we'll have to both live more simply and rapidly transition.

    The only certainty is that global oil production will peak by 2030. I think we agree in the sense that we'd both prefer allocating as much fossil fuel resources toward developing renewables as possible. After all, we have to use our current energy infrastructure in order to build tomorrows energy infrastructure.

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