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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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!

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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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Chicago Tribune: Northbrook Family Makes Documentary on Healthy Lifestyles
Posted on March 18, 2014 by Sarah Flagg   Permalink

Alexandra Chachkevitch from the Chicago Tribune reports:

Members of the Spitz family usually start their day in Northbrook by working out, making coffee and feeding their two chickens, Nigel and Roscoe.

About two and a half years ago, Jennifer Amdur Spitz and her husband Jeff Spitz brought the somewhat unusual family pets into their house in an effort to teach their two sons, Sam and A.J., about where their food comes from.

The parents said that when their oldest son became infected with an antibiotic-resistant bacterium called campylobacter after eating a chicken salad, they got a wake-up call about what they eat.

“It was scary as heck,” Amdur Spitz said. “It really caused me to ask a lot of questions about food and where it comes from.”

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Univision Houston: See Food Patriots as Part of the Chipotle Green Film Series
Posted on March 14, 2014 by Sarah Flagg   Permalink

Food Patriots received its first press in Spanish as Univision Houston featured the film in the city’s upcoming summer series (translated):

Learn more about healthy eating with the Chipotle Green Film Series (film series sponsored by Chipotle) and enjoy a series of special screenings of documentaries: Farmed and Dangerous in March, Food Patriots in April, and A Place at the Table in May. Chipotle Mexican Grill, Saint Arnold and Bubbly Barefoot in the Park will be handing out free samples food and drink during the movie.

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Chewing the Fat Extra: Food Patriots
Posted on March 11, 2014 by Sarah Flagg   Permalink

Monica Eng interviews Jeff Spitz and Jennifer Amdur Spitz about his family’s shift to more conscious eating. In the process, he profiles nearly a dozen folks making a difference to improve the way Chicagoans, and people around the world, eat. Take a listen!

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Oracle Talk: One Family’s Inspiring Journey From Foodborne Superbug Victims To ‘Food Patriots’
Posted on March 10, 2014 by Sarah Flagg   Permalink

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Oracle Talk reports:

After their teenage son suffered from a foodborne-illness, filmmakers Jeff & Jennifer Spitz decided to take stand and help their family understand where the food they eat actually comes from.

It’s inspiring to see their family’s struggle to raise backyard chickens, grow food, and transform themselves into Food Patriots.

Food Patriots explores the lives of people from all walks of life, who have decided to make a change and help others change the way they eat and buy food with one simple and practical step!

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