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:

Watch our webisode from the fair.

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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 Change.org to collect more than 174,000 signatures to remove the risk of superbugs from the school lunch program. It was the first time Change.org 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.

Read the full review here

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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.

Read the full article at Madison.com

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Jamie Oliver Food Revolution: Breathing Energy And Life Into Real Food And Education
Posted on April 3, 2014 by Food Patriots   Permalink

Story by the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation (USA) featuring fellow Food Patriot and Food Revolution Ambassador as “Ambassador of the Month” for April 2014.

“Become a Food Patriot and Join the Food Revolution” is my FRD 2014 initiative here in Chicagoland and it’s really gaining traction!

In November, I joined forced with Jennifer and Jeff Spitz, the filmmakers behind the Food Patriots documentary film and public engagement program and I am honored to be a part of their team!…We are working together to reach the uninitiated and inspire them to care about food and make small changes no matter where they start on the food continuum. “Change what you buy and eat by 10 percent – think local, fresh, organic and sustainable. We vote with our food dollars. Together we send a powerful signal to the marketplace that we demand better food.”

We love seeing our fellow Food Patriots receive recognition for their passion and dedication to better food and food education! Go Lindsey!

Read more about Lindsey and her efforts here!

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Eat.Farm.Blog: Changing the Way I Buy, Eat, and Talk About Food Through Films!
Posted on March 19, 2014 by Sarah Flagg   Permalink

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We love seeing Food Patriots in the media, but we also love when people watch the film and it inspires them to do something. Jacki Rossi shares her change on Eat.Farm.Blog:

I have been lucky enough to see the film Food Patriots twice and each time I walk away inspired in a different way. The first time made me take a long look at how I ate and the choices I made in the grocery store. The take-away message from the film was “make a 10 percent change in the way you buy, eat, and talk about food.” I was a little nervous. I know I wanted to make a change, but could I do afford to do that? How important was such a lifestyle change to me? Where do I even start?

If you have the desire to make a change in the way you eat, these films really do leave an impression. Personally, I started with small achievable goals. One of my first goals was to cultivate a relationship with a farmer in my area. I started to get to know C&D Family Farms from Indiana where I grew up. I started to buy their eggs and pork products and then this past Thanksgiving my family bought our first humanely-raised turkey from them. Through our Fund-a-Farmer Project, I got to know Midnight Sun Farm who happens to sell at a local Sunday market. I started purchasing weekly produce from them. Knowing my dollars were going to support these small, family farms really changed the way I make produce and meat selections. I buy less so I can buy better! The second time I saw the film, I left feeling empowered. I achieved a “10 percent change,” so now I ask “how can I do more?” This summer I plan to build another raised garden bed in my backyard so the neighborhood kids can come over and plant and help me grow healthy and safe food! I would love for it to strike a passion in them at a young age.

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