Monday, May 07, 2007
"Ripe for Change" at Alameda Marketplace
Oh baby, you missed it.
This had to have been the coolest event I've been to in a year. Film producer Jed Riffe brought Emiko Omori's film "Ripe for Change" to Alameda Marketplace where perhaps 150 people braved the cooling night to watch the story of the intersection of food and politics in California over the past 30 years. Jed and Emiko were there, as was Dru Rivers of the CSA Full Belly Farms.
What really made this a great event for me is this: the lines of connection between our society's members were very short, Friday night. In one venue, we had growers, distributers, consumers, policy makers, activists and documentors. There were people who walked, rode a bike, drove their electric car, or believe that peak oil is a myth. There were people who are taking on Mansanto, and those tilting at the menace of leaf blowers. We all ate the same dinner of local vegies, we all grew uncomfortable as the sun set, we all wondered if we could score extra servings of Straus Family ice cream.
Maybe this is how Raider's fans feel if they get to take the field with their team. I know I felt that an abundant, prosperous future full of great food, social equity, and peace for all human beings is a real possibility.