Video Librarian Review: Food Patriots is “Eye opening”
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Food Patriots is the “Food Movie for Everyone”
Posted on October 29, 2014 by Dawn Dewald   Permalink

Food Patriots was reviewed by as the “Food Movie for Everyone.”

Food Patriots is the food movie for people who aren’t in to food movies. It takes a simple, non-preachy approach to the topic at hand; which is ultimately eating better, healthier food.

The documentary centers on Jeff and Jennifer Spitz and their two sons, Sam and A.J. A few years ago, Sam got sick after eating contaminated chicken. What should have been an easily-treated case of food poisoning was actually an antibiotic resistant bacterial infection that caused the football player to lose an alarming 30 pounds in 4 weeks.

After the health scare with their son, Jennifer knew the family had to make a change. Food Patriots follows the family as they make small, meaningful changes to their eating and shopping habits, finding plenty of other Food Patriots along the way.

There’s LaManda Joy who founded a community garden project in downtown Chicago reminiscent of the Victory Gardens of World War II. Then there are the athletes at the University of Wisconsin who are learning how to grocery shop, eat well, and cook for themselves now that they are away from home; and plenty more Food Patriots in between.

Jennifer describes Food Patriots as “people who change the way they eat, buy and teach the next generation about food.” For the Spitz’, that meant starting their own backyard garden and building a chicken coop. They also changed to buying more local, organic and fresh produce.

The idea of making small changes to make a big difference permeates throughout the film. It’s the concept of making a 10 percent change, something manageable for everyone, that drives the Food Patriots. That 10 percent can mean something different for everyone. It may be buying 10 percent more local, fresh, organic produce or 10 percent more antibiotic-free meat.

Food Patriots puts a lot of emphasis on “voting with your purchases.” The Spitzes and many of the people they encounter over the course of the documentary believe that what they buy in the grocery store is their way of telling the food companies what kind of products they want. If fewer people buy processed food, over time, less of it will be available.

All the talk about small changes individuals can make is impressively empowering. The people the Spitz family encounter aren’t bigwigs, they’re everyday people who had an idea and ended up making a big difference. Making change 10 percent at a time is good enough, and more importantly, is something everyone can do. For more information, or to join the movement, visit

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WBEZ: Students Take a Closer Look at Their Food
Posted on June 16, 2014 by Sarah Flagg   Permalink

Amundsen High School students are changing the way they eat, buy and talk about food after watching Food Patriots. The CPS high school put on a fair that showed off what they learned along with their new community garden.

Becky Vevea, from WBEZ, came to the event and produced this story:

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Columbia College Chicago: Truth to Power – Documentary Filmmaking as Catalyst for Change
Posted on May 16, 2014 by Food Patriots   Permalink

Cara Lee Birch from Columbia College Chicago reports on Food Patriots among other projects from Groundswell Educational Films:

There’s a spirit to the Spitz family style of documentary filmmaking that’s distinctively grounded in the Chicago tradition of storytelling. Like the eminent voices of the past now woven into the city’s fabric —Sinclair, Algren, Wright, Brooks and Terkel, among others—they take an intimate, informed and impassioned approach to social justice issues.

The Spitzes not only reveal a food revolution as the film unfolds, but in true Chicago social activist form, Jennifer partnered with to collect more than 174,000 signatures to remove the risk of superbugs from the school lunch program. It was the first time partnered with a mom/filmmaker to lobby for a policy change.

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Food & Nutrition Magazine: Food Patriots
Posted on May 6, 2014 by Food Patriots   Permalink

Sarah Kreiger, MPH, RDN reviews Food Patriots for Food & Nutrition magazine:

Food Patriots features Chicago-area gardeners, small farmers and large farmers, some who use GMO seeds. Many voices communicate how food is grown, manufactured and provided to consumers while answering the question, “What is a food patriot?”

As RDNs, we should be aware of the agriculture, gardens and community food programs near our homes. This film may help RDNs become the resource clients turn to when curious about the origins of their food.

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Sarah Krieger a Registered Dietitian’s Blog: What Motivates You to Eat Your Best?
Posted on April 22, 2014 by Food Patriots   Permalink

Sarah Krieger – a Media Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the largest organization for food and nutrition professionals – reviews Food Patriots:

The bottom line of my review of Food Patriot is this: we all have our journey of what we enjoy to eat while nourishing our bodies….are educating our children (or other family and young friends in our lives) and we want to make sure the future generations reap the benefit of our work….at least trying to make sure the future kids will have security in their food choices. Amen?…We all have our reasons to eat our best. And we all have our own journey.

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The Carolinian: In “Food Patriots,” 10 percent is everything
Posted on April 17, 2014 by Food Patriots   Permalink

Dylan Reddish from The Carolinian reports:

“Food Patriots” told the story of Jeff and Jennifer Spitz’s journey toward eating more local and organic foods…The main message of the film was to encourage audiences to change 10% of their intake of food to locally grown products. When consumers purchase an item in the grocery store, that purchase becomes a vote to keep that product in circulation. However, much of what Americans are eating is what the documentary calls “food-like substances”. Corn syrup and genetically modified meats and veggies make up a large percentage of what people are consuming. “Cheap food becomes expensive health care,” said Greensboro farmer Charles Sidner, after the film was screened.

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Wisconsin Public Television: Director’s Cut features Food Patriots
Posted on April 9, 2014 by Food Patriots   Permalink

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Isthmus: The Daily Page: Food Patriots is a Hit at Wisconsin Film Festival
Posted on April 7, 2014 by Food Patriots   Permalink

Citizen Dave, former Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz, from The Daily Page reports:

Filmmakers Jeff Spitz and Jennifer Amdur Spitz have just the right touch. The film documents their suburban family’s efforts to plant a garden and raise chickens in their own backyard while choosing healthy foods at the grocery store… They approach the issue with humor and humility. There’s no preaching or self-righteous boasting about heroic efforts to actually enjoy kale. They’re just a middle-class suburban family trying to figure this stuff out. It’s the kind of approach that lots of Americans can relate to, and so it has a chance of reaching a lot more people than a diatribe would.

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The Capital Times: Food Patriots Encourages a Food Transformation
Posted on April 7, 2014 by Food Patriots   Permalink

Lindsay Christians of The Capital Times reports:

The film touched lightly on a wide variety of topics: Sam’s harrowing food poisoning with an antibiotic-resistant “superbug;” the change in diet in Japan, from one based on fish and rice to corn and beef imported from the West; a traveling “food bus” called Fresh Moves that brings produce to underserved Chicago neighborhoods.

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