Their new film Big River will do just that, as they travel down the Mississippi to see the impact of the agricultural run off has on our waterways and the gulf of Mexico. From the film’s website: “In a follow up to award winning King Corn, Ian and Curt return to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact of their acre of corn.”
There are many reasons this topic is so close to my heart. For one, as an upstate New York farmer, I have seen the devastating impact corn subsidies have had on family farms in the North East. Not only that, we are being threatened by a large cattle finishing facility that will feed ethanol byproducts to 72,000 cattle that is be advertised as ‘sustainable’ because the cows’ manure will power the ethanol plant. “Cheap” corn is all around us, but what are the real costs of this addiction? There are many and we need to make everyone more aware of them and this is why movies like this are so important!
Food Systems Network NYC will be hosting a screening of the film which is serving as a fundraiser for this fantastic organization. I hope to see you there!
Monday, March 15, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (Screening at 7:00 PM)Brecht Forum
451 West Street
(btwn. Bank and Bethune Sts.)
FSNYC Members – $25
Non-members – $35