Fans of Cinnamon Snail, rejoice! While the beloved NYC-based food truck recently called it (mostly) quits, chef/owner Adam Sobel has served up a new cookbook, so you can re-create truck favorites at home. Don’t know where to start? We’ve got our eye on the New England–Style Chickpea “Crab” Cakes with Lemon Dijon Tartar Sauce, excerpted here.
The future of food is in peril, warns the documentary film Seeds of Time. Gorgeously shot, the film follows the global odyssey of agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler to help ensure food security for the world’s population. Here, we dig a bit deeper with Fowler about what makes for a sustainable food system.
“When you learn that an average American discards 4.5 pounds per day of trash, you realize we are the problem because we are not aware of where our trash is going and what it does to the environment and ultimately to our health,” says Philippe Carillo, co-director and co-producer—with his wife, Maxine—of the documentary Inside the Garbage of the World. The film aims to correct this lack of awareness by showing the scourge of plastic pollution. Here, Philippe passionately responds to questions the film prompts.
Backed by a globally diverse band of musicians—aptly named The United Nations—Australian musical artist and eco-activist Xavier Rudd this spring released a new album, Nanna. Rudd chats with us just as he’s about to kick off a North American tour with the band.
T. Colin Campbell’s groundbreaking 2004 book The China Study has inspired another film, this one closer to home. Campbell’s son, Nelson, is executive producer and director of PlantPure Nation, a film that documents the younger Campbell’s demonstrating the health benefits of a plant-based whole-foods diet in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina. Here's our chat with Campbell.
The result of a three-year odyssey in what director/cinematographer Costa Boutsikaris calls his “veggie-oil-solar-powered-filmmaking-mobile-unit” (a converted VW van), this film documents ecological design systems in action across the U.S. Northeast and Midwest. Here's our chat with Boutsikaris.
About 90 percent of the varieties of fruits and vegetables grown 100 years ago no longer exist. "Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds" explores efforts worldwide to promote crop diversity and help secure our food supply. Here's our Q&A with the film's producer/director, Sean Kaminsky, about the longstanding practice of seed saving.
When you think piracy, Greenpeace doesn’t immediately come to mind. Yet that was the charge leveled against 30 of the non-profit’s activists in 2013 by the Russian government—after Russian special forces seized the team from the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise during its protest of the first-ever oil drilling operation in Arctic waters.
“Wildlife isn’t agriculture,” says Brooks Fahy, executive director of the non-profit Predator Defense. Sounds obvious, and yet the Federal government agency known as Wildlife Services falls under the authority of the USDA. Here's our Q&A with Fahy about a new doc he co-directed and co-produced, which exposes the scandal that is Wildlife Services’ predator control program.
Our Q&A with journalist Angela Sun, who set out to investigate Midway Island in the middle of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a massive trash heap in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. As seen in Plastic Paradise, the film documenting her odyssey, plastic stuff makes up most of the debris. And as this non-biodegradable stuff breaks down, it leaches out pollutants—only one of the ways it threatens sea life.
When you’re feeling all warm and glowy after feasting with family and friends this Thanksgiving, consider tuning in to this show, which spotlights rescue dogs. Here's our Q&A with executive producer Michael Levitt.
Premiering this Tuesday on Animal Planet, Saving Africa’s Giants with Yao Ming doesn’t flinch from showing the mutilation perpetrated by poachers of ivory and rhino horn. But it also offers hope in the form of animal survivors of black market profiteers, and the people committed to rescuing them. Using the wattage of his global stardom to shine a light on the scandal of wildlife trafficking, basketball icon Yao Ming hosts the documentary. Here, we pose questions to Peter Knights, executive director of the nonprofit WildAid, which advocates an end to the illegal wildlife trade; WildAid co-produced the program.
Not known as a bastion of treehuggers, the Pentagon earlier this year noted threats to national security from global climate change. Climate change has also been implicated in the recent ebola outbreak. So, the title Years of Living Dangerously isn’t all that much of an exaggeration for the nine-part Showtime series that won 2014’s Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series. Now available on DVD, the series tracks such actors as Matt Damon and Jessica Alba and journalists as Mark Bittman as they take to the field to investigate flashpoints of our changing climate. After viewing Disc 1—which includes the episodes “Dry Season” and “End of the Woods,” featuring Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Don Cheadle—I asked Joel Bach, an executive producer on the series and an alum of 60 Minutes, a few questions.
An inconvenient truth for environmental organizations, according to the documentary film Cowspiracy, is animal agriculture's role in despoiling the planet. “It is their job to know these things and inform us,” says filmmaker Kip Anderson about the silence from “green” groups, such the Sierra Club and Greenpeace, in the face of all the evidence that our diet has a huge impact on the ecosystem. In addition to co-directing the film, Anderson serves as our onscreen guide investigating animal agriculture's incompatibility with sustainable living. Here, Anderson and co-director Keegan Kuhn answer questions about the issue that so many donation-dependent nonprofits are avoiding.
As if being a teen isn’t crazy enough, consider the extra stress of being a teen who’s obese. Stephanie Soechtig, producer and director of the documentary Fed Up, says, “I could see government policy, marketing, and industry-funded science actually playing out in these kids’ lives.”
Documenting the second-largest farm animal rescue in the U.S., Turlock gives witness to the rescue of more than 4,000 hens abandoned by the A&L Poultry egg farm west of Turlock, Calif. The film follows the rehabilitation of the rescued birds and the birds’ adoption by new owners.