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.