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“Food For Change”, a Film Exploring the History of Food Co-ops, Premiers in October

A provocative new film looks at the current resurgence of food co-operatives in America, and their unique historic place in America’s economic and political landscape—somewhere between Adam Smith & Eugene Debs. New England Farmers Union encourages and promotes the development of farm, fishery and forestry co-ops because they increase producers’ bargaining power. We also encourage the promotion of co-operative enterprises in securing the infrastructure necessary for production, processing, marketing and distribution of food and other products.

Food For Change, a feature-length (85 min.) documentary from Home Planet Pictures, tells the story of the co-op movement in the U.S. through a combination of interviews, rare archival footage, and commentary by co-op leaders and historians.

No other film has examined the key role played by consumer-led food co-ops during the decades-long debate over profit-driven capitalism vs. locally-controlled economic enterprises.

Filmmaker Steve Alves describes his documentary as “one part food, to two parts politics, to three parts economics.” Alves tracks the co-op movement’s quest for whole and organic foods, and the dream of sustainable food systems. The film profiles several current food co-ops that have revived neighborhoods and entire communities—right in the shadow of corporate agribusiness and national supermarket chain stores.

In presenting food co-operative’s history, Food for Change features Franklin Community Co-op (Green Fields Market and McCusker’s Market) with interviews of local folks and footage of co-op activities and our local farmers.

The World premiere of Food for Change will take place at the legendary Fitzgerald Theater, in St. Paul, Minnesota, on October 20, 2013 with simultaneous webcast to roughly 75 co-op communities across the country. Local screenings include:

  • Co-op Food Stores in Hanover, NH: 10/20/13. Click here.
  • River Valley Market, Northampton, MA: 10/20/13
  • Manchester Food Co-op, Manchester, NH: 10/24/13. Click here.

A special “pre-premier” local showing will be at The Greenfield Garden Theater on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. Tickets available here or at the door. Proceeds from this showing will go to the Franklin Community Co-op’s education and scholarship fund. Filmaker Steve Alves will be in attendance at this special showing.

View the trailer for the film!

Steve Alves is an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in western Massachusetts. Among his documentaries is Talking to the Wall: The Story of an American Bargain, about one New England town’s battle against the world’s largest retailer.

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