With so many interesting books and movies out there that talk to the issues we’re all interested in, Kewaunee Cares is starting a new feature of Book and Movie Reviews.
CROSSING THE LINE • Air and water belongs to all of us to use, enjoy and protect equally. If they are misused, depleted or mistreated to enrich some more than others, the common interest is violated and something needs to be done. It takes courageous change-makers to hold polluters accountable. But these stories of everyday citizens are examples of how the legacy of Wisconsin’s environmental stewardship continues. Crossing the Line: Defending Our Environmental Commons was produced by Midwest Environmental Advocates, a non-profit environmental law center that uses the power of the law to protect our heritage of healthy water, air, land and government. Donated to the Algoma Library by Kewaunee Cares.
RIVER OF WASTE • An eye opening new documentary, A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the current condemned factory farm practices “mini Chernobyls”. In the US and elsewhere, the industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics and growth hormones and also by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways affecting the nearby towns and its citizens. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health, as well as focuses on the individual lives damaged and destroyed. Donated to the Algoma Library by Kewaunee Cares.
FRESH • This movie celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. FRESH address an ethos that has been sweeping the nation and is a call to action America has been waiting for. Donated to the Algoma Library by Kewaunee Cares.
FOOD INC. • This thought-provoking movie lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry. It exposes how our food supply is controlled by a handful of large corporations who often put profit ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and the protection of the environment. Food Inc. reveals what we eat, how it’s produced and who we have become as a nation. Donated to the Algoma Library by Kewaunee Cares.
THE POWER OF COMMUNITY–How Cuba Survived Peak Oil • This is a film on Cuba’s crisis when it lost access to Soviet oil in the early 1990s. Overnight Cuba was faced with feeding its population and creating a new low-energy society. This tiny island nation transitioned from large-scale, fossil-fuel intensive farming to small, less energy-intensive organic farms and urban gardens. Cuba’s transition from a highly industrialized society to a more sustainable one is an excellent example of how to address our challenge of reducing our energy use as the world approaches peak oil. Donated to the Algoma Library by Kewaunee Cares.
We started with a book entitled CAFO (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations), The Tragedy of Industrial Animal Factories.
Copyright 2010 Foundation of Deep Ecology in collaboration with Earth Aware.
CAFO features 400 pictures and 30 essays on food and agriculture by today’s leading thinkers. “Designed to be an invaluable educational resource in the battle to reform the tragic state of animal factory farming,” CAFO looks at the “serious moral and ethical concerns,” all of us share. It offers an alternative to the factory model that is healthier for animals, humans and the planet.
Thank you to Family Farm Defenders for donating this book to Kewaunee Cares. It has in turn been donated to the Algoma library. Check it out!