Food Rescue US-Fairfield County, The Foodshed Network, Town of Greenwich Conservation Commission and Waste Free Greenwich invite the Greenwich community to a free screening of the film, Kiss the Ground, followed by a panel discussion on Tuesday, November 9th at the Greenwich High School Performing Arts Center. The event also kicks off the Greenwich Food Waste Initiative, a new collaboration between the Office of the First Selectman and Waste Free Greenwich that aims to reduce and divert food waste through prevention, rescue and recycling.
Doors will open at 6 pm with a “Regenerative Rally” featuring exhibits by local non-profits, student organizations and businesses, who will share actions to improve soil health, climate solutions for our planet and strategies to address food insecurity. An educational screening of Kiss the Ground will begin at 7 pm. Narrated and featuring Woody Harrelson, the documentary sheds light on a new, old approach to farming called regenerative agriculture that has the potential to stabilize Earth’s climate, restore lost ecosystems and create abundant food supplies. "As this film shows, the industrial food system is one of the most destructive to human and ecological health and a leading cause of climate change. A regionalized, regenerative, equitable and just food system offers pathways to the most promising solutions. WE all have the power to be food systems changemakers," explains Ali Ghiorse, founder of The Foodshed Network, who will moderate the panel discussion.
The event will continue at 8 pm with a panel discussion – “Regeneration and Beyond: Exploring Our Food System” with leaders of local non-profits and businesses. The discussion will focus on a host of topics related to our food system, including food insecurity, waste reduction and more. As Danielle Blaine, Food Rescue US site director for Fairfield County, points out, “The USDA’s Economic Research Service estimated that approximately 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food was wasted in 2010. A 15% reduction in food waste would not only reduce climate change, it would also avoid the additional waste of the water, labor and energy that went into the wasted food, and provide enough food for 25 million Americans. Our panel will discuss impactful solutions to address these two urgent issues of today- hunger and food waste." Panelists include:
• Danielle Blaine, Food Rescue US-Fairfield County
• Nick Bridge, Sam Bridge Farmers’ Market
• Terri Browne Kutzen, Greenwich Community Gardens
• Julie DesChamps, Waste Free Greenwich
• Thomas McQuillan, Baldor Foods
• Sharon Psyhojos, Waste Free Greenwich
• Nick Skeadas, Curbside Compost
The Kiss the Ground event is supported by the following community partners: Air Quality Revolution, Aux Delices, Curbside Compost, Earth Rise, Geoff Lazlo Food, Greenwich Botanical Center, Greenwich Community Gardens, Greenwich Environmental Advocacy Group, Greenwich High School Environmental Action Club, Live Eat Cook Healthy, Old Greenwich Honey, Pedal Greenwich, Pollinator Pathway and Sam Bridge Nursery Farmers’ Market.
Masks and social distancing are required for all guests in the Performing Arts Center. No food or beverages please. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/regeneration-beyond-exploring-our-food-system-tickets-185183638247