Our Food Systems - Are You Hungry for Change?

Our Food Systems - Are You Hungry for Change?

A Virtual Classroom with David Suzuki and friends, co-hosted by the NFB, DSF and Humber College

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB), the David Suzuki Foundation (DSF) and Humber College invite students across Canada to take part in an engaging discussion exploring the intersection of food equity and environmental justice. We are asking how our modern food systems and farming practices impact our health, land and food security. The event Features Dr. David Suzuki, 100-Mile Diet co-author J.B. MacKinnon, and food justice expert Utcha Sawyers, as well as a special performance by poet Tanya Davis. Join David, J.B., Utcha and Tanya as they share their passion and explore the ways in which we as individuals and as a nation can ensure that every person has access to the basic ingredients for a life of health and dignity? Let’s create the food systems we want for ourselves and future generations!

J.B MacKinnon is a Vancouver-based journalist and bestselling author specializing in ecology and food. Utcha Sawyers is the Food Justice Manager and Food Animator for FoodShare Toronto and a member of Food Secure Canada’s Board of Directors. Tanya Davis is a Halifax-based poet, musician and performance artist whose work appears throughout the Island Green film.
This playlist features the NFB film Island Green, which will be referenced during the Virtual Classroom, as well as related films such as The Fruit Hunters – “The Evolution of Desire” (Episode 1) and Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie.

Watch Island Green with your students or student group and use the complementary resources to brainstorm questions for David, J.B. and Utcha before the event. We’ll select 8–10 questions, and then invite students from across Canada to ask their questions during the live webcast. Island Green will be available for viewing free of charge for a limited time in advance of this Virtual Classroom from September 12th to September 21st, 2014. CAMPUS subscribers can screen Island Green anytime at no charge.

Some of the films in this playlist are available to CAMPUS users only. Your University or College, ministry of education or school board may have already purchased a subscription to CAMPUS for you. Please click on the following links to check whether your organization already has a subscription or to purchase a subscription for yourself or for your school If you are a student, please contact us with the name of your school to obtain your promotional code. CAMPUS member accounts are only available for teachers.

Learn more about modern farming and its impact on our health, the environment and food security by exploring these and other NFB resources and educational websites:
Films for Change
DSF resources
FoodShare Toronto

  • Island Green
    2013|25 min

    This short documentary takes a look at the changing face of PEI's agricultural industry. Once famous for its spuds and red mud, this tiny island province now has higher than average cancer and respiratory illness rates. Is there a link to industrialized farming? Rather than dwelling on PEI’s worrisome monocropping practices, Island Green dares to ask: What if PEI went entirely organic?

    The stirring words of PEI-born poet Tanya Davis are coupled with beautiful imagery and poignant stories from the island’s small but growing community of organic farmers, reminding us that we can rob the land only so much before it robs us of the nourishment we need for life. Island Green is ultimately a story of hope and healthy promise.

  • The Fruit Hunters - The Evolution of Desire (Episode 1)
    campus 2013 | 43 min

    Narrated by Nature of Things's David Suzuki, The Evolution of Desire is the first part of a journey through the exotic, endlessly fascinating world of fruit - a story of nature, commerce, and obsession. The Fruit Hunters will change not only the way we look at what we eat but how we view our relationship to the natural world.

  • Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie
    campus 2010 | 1 h 32 min

    This feature documentary profiles the life and work of world-renowned Canadian scientist, educator, broadcaster and activist David Suzuki on the occasion of his last lecture in 2009—a lecture he describes as “a distillation of my life and thoughts, my legacy, what I want to say before I die.” As Suzuki reflects on his family history—including the persecution of Japanese Canadians during WWII—and his discovery of the power and beauty of the natural world, we are spurred to examine our own relationship to nature, scientific knowledge, and sustainability throughout modernity and beyond.