Jan 312012

Two very precocious eleven year olds, one the daughter of the filmmaker, try to find out where there food comes from and attempt to understand the politics of food. Check out their web site. Blurbs by Michael Pollen, Kofi Annan, Alice Waters, Marion Nestle (author of Food Politics), Chef Ann Cooper (author of Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children), Aaron Woolf (filmmaker of King Corn) and several others. This film, which is quite charming because of the personalities of the two young ladies, seems to be directed at kids but is very sophisticated in its approach to food.

What’s On Your Plate is now also a book:

“In What’s On Your Plate?, seven kids and their families explore the food chain, sharing fundamental questions and vital discoveries. With honesty, humor, and creativity, they face serious issues including the lack of access to fresh food; health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and food allergies; and the national school lunch program. They celebrate time together by cooking and gathering at the table. The stories, recipes, and terrific activities in this book will inspire readers of all ages to be conscious of what they’re eating and where it comes from, and to make positive changes in their homes, schools, and communities.

The What’s On Your Plate? project about kids and food politics started out as a documentary film from the point of view of two curious 11-year-old girls, Sadie and Safiyah. The film was broadcast on Discovery Channel s Planet Green and has been screened hundreds of times around the world, from Washington to Wisconsin, Glasgow to Seoul. Along the way, the girls spoke with friends, teachers, farmers, food activists, politicians, and each other; their journey inspired this book.

As Sadie and Safiyah say, “We’re talking about our neighborhood. What about yours?”

Ten companies produce the majority of supermarket food. Do you know as much as two eleven year olds in NYC about where your food comes from?


  One Response to “What’s On Your Plate?”

  1. Charming indeed! My culinary hero remains Julia Child. I’ve always enjoyed watching her food preparation and inspiring quotes. She unfortunately passed away in 2004, at the age of 92, no doubt, from an inflamed foie gras. I think many people ignored some of her most important advice:

    “Everything in moderation… including moderation.”
    ― Julia Child

    “…small helpings, no seconds, no snacking, and a little bit of everything. – Julia Child”
    ― Julia Child

    “Was it a sign of Creeping Decrepitude?”
    ― Julia Child, My Life in France

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