Food Patriots begins with a wake up call: filmmakers Jeff Spitz and Jennifer Amdur Spitz’s son got sick eating chicken contaminated with a superbug, and antibiotics failed. The film chronicles the family’s newfound interest in food sources, getting outlaw chickens, and meeting people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat food, buy food, and educate the next generation of consumers. They call the people who are doing this Food Patriots.
“Like most families, we are concerned about the disconnect between health and food,” film director Jeff Spitz said. “Being unenthusiastic about chickens and all types of yard work, I picked up a camera to document my family’s experience, starting in our backyard and then venturing out to find stories that inspire us to keep going.”
Food Patriots features urban farmers, organic entrepreneurs, food activists, chefs, 8th graders, high schoolers, college athletes and most surprisingly, a conventional farm family that grows corn and soy while raising thousands of hogs in confinement. This film shows how a family learns to grow together, challenge the status quo and become engaged citizens. It also shows what happens when Jennifer and her college football player son go to Capitol Hill to inform congress about antibiotic resistant superbugs.