Where does our food come from?
This question is seldom asked in wealthy first-world societies, where food seems to originate — individually wrapped and pleasingly presented — on the supermarket shelf. The lack of basic knowledge about growing food must be one of the more significant tragedies of the modern age — one that has contributed to many of today’s health and environmental problems: food waste, poverty, obesity, even climate change.
Melbourne artist, activist and nutritionist Rasha Tayeh is passionate about food. Her new short documentary, The Growing Food Project, looks at Melbourne’s expanding local food movements, which sees local communities coming together to create sustainable food systems.
‘The Growing Food Project is an attempt to allow further exploration of positive relationships with food, whilst documenting various stories of grassroots initiatives that search for meaning through food,’ Rasha explains. ‘There is a growing energy in Melbourne responding to food and sustainability issues. Local communities are teaming up to strengthen the way we produce and distribute local food. From community gardening to neighbourhood feasts, these community food projects improve the way we eat, reconnect us with nature, build relationships between neighbours and enhance our food culture.’
The Growing Food Project will be screened this coming Saturday at NGV International as part of the new Melbourne Now series. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion. The event is free to attend.
For more information on community gardening in Melbourne, check out the links page on The Growing Food Project website.
Date: 30 November 2013
Venue: NGV International
Address: 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne