THANK YOU ALL CONTRIBUTORS!
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THANKS to our contributors this summer Organic Rising traveled to 7 states and conducted more than 26 interviews with organic as well as GMO farmers, organic watch dog groups such The Cornucopia Institute, food coops such as Wedge Natural Foods Co-op, distributors such as Goodness Greeness. We also spent time with pesticide scientists such as Atrazine specialist Tyrone Hayes and Glyphasate (Roudup) specialist Don Huber as well as medical professionals on the effects of decades of extensive chemical farming on the US environment and human health. We were also able to get back to a few farmers and do follow up such as Jeff Larkey at Route One Farms where we also captured spectacular aerials of his magnificent pacific coast farm.To date we have collected more than 60 interviews each one more amazing than the last. We can't wait to start putting this all together for you!
Organic Rising has completed 90% of its production thanks to Leica Camera, Earl's Organics , Heath and Lejuene and of course all of our Indiegogo supporters. The funds we raise here will be used to cover the costs of the remaining production.
FREE - submit YOUR music for the ORGANIC RISING soundtrack! Simply suggest a song by emailing us a YouTube link to: http://www.organicrisingfilm.com/music/TODAY'S music suggestion "LONG ROAD ANYWHERE" by Will Brown comes to Organic Rising from a major support of the film Cliff Etzel.
If it is chosen for the film your name will appear in the film’s credits. Your covers are also welcome!
DIRECTOR Anthony SUAU has been awarded the Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy, and two World Press Photos of the Year for his photography. He has twice received an International Center of Photography (ICP) Award and was honored with the prestigious Robert Capa Gold Medal award. As a TIME magazine contract photographer for twenty years his images have been published and exhibited worldwide and he has published four successful books. Currently he is directing the feature documentary film “Organic Rising.”
Executive Producer DEEPAK CHOPRA, M.D has authored more than 80 books, including 22 New York Times bestsellers. His medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, and an adjunct professor of Executive Programs at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. For more than a decade, he has lectured at the Update in Internal Medicine, an annual event sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Department of Continuing Education and the Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is also a Distinguished Executive Scholar at Columbia Business School, Columbia University, and a Senior Scientist at the Gallup organization.Producer ELIZABETH KUCINICH serves on the board of the Rodale Institute, the oldest organic research institute in America; is a founding board member of J/P HRO – Sean Penn’s Haitian relief organization and an advisory council member of DC EFF, the world’s largest environmental film festival. As the recent director of policy at the Center for Food Safety (CFS) in Washington, DC. (2013-15), Elizabeth worked on issues of GMO labeling, drugs in meat, chemicals in agriculture and pollinator protection. She is the executive producer of GMO OMG, and the producer of the film Hot Water (2015). She is married to former eight-term congressman and two-time Democratic presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich.
Producer NICK QUESTED has been the Executive Director at Goldcrest Films since it was founded in 1977. He has directed over 100 music videos for world renowned artists Sting, Dr. Dre, P.Diddy, Shaq, Master P, Trick Daddy and Trina, and has produced feature documentaries such as Restrepo, Which Way Is the Front Line from Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington and Vanishing on 7th Street.
Producer CHRISTINA VIRCILLO is the creative director and owner of Three One NYC, a motion design and video production studio located in Times Square that produces content for Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, Food Network and NBC. In addition she has collaborated on several projects with Deepak Chopra. She has recently been selected as 1 of 120 Global Accelerator Delegates to the United Nations Foundation to work on Global Solutions.
For more than 30 years I have focused my career on bringing important social issues to people around the world through my photography. My images have appeared in publications worldwide including TIME Magazine, National Geographic, and the New York Times. I have photographed natural disasters in Africa and South America as well as civil strife in South Korea and Chile. I have covered wars in Chechnya and the former Soviet Republic of Abkhazia. And I have witnessed genocide firsthand in Rwanda.
In 2008 I returned to the United States and found myself immersed in a severe and prolonged recession that decimated the global economy.
Yet there was a larger tragedy taking place across the country. For decades, extensive clever marketing disguised unlabeled processed foods containing poisonous pesticides, untested genetically modified (GMO)* corn and soy products and vast amounts of sugar. That sugar is one of the primary contributors to the fact that today 1 in every 5 American deaths can be associated with obesity.
But this is just the beginning. 80% of the antibiotics in the United States today are fed to our factory farm animals to make them grow faster and survive the crowded and unsanitary conditions they live in. Taken in small doses over time these drugs can build up immunity in humans that makes it difficult for us to fight bacterial infections that are now killing between 17 and 18 thousand Americans a year.** This is most likely related to the use of low-dose antibiotics in the animals that we eat.
All of this is because the Food Industry in American is a $1.2 trillion*** a year business and the food companies and biotech firms, like Wall Street, are controlling and influencing government policies.
Organic Rising lets Miles McEvoy of the USDA explain what are the organic standards and how farmers must uphold them. Those standards explicitly state that organic farmers cannot use poisonous pesticides and GMO products nor can they use antibiotics in any farm animals for food production.
But better yet we let the organic farmers from across this country tell you of their convictions to conserve the environment and establish a healthy food system for all Americans.
We will also discuss the issues facing organics as the non-GMO food and beverage market moves to a possible 30% by 2017. Will Wall Street, the corporate food industry and biotech firms buy into organics and take it over?
We intend to answer these questions through voices that will inspire you and move you to act.Join the community for a better food system. Our goal is to raise the $50,000 needed to complete the production of this film. Yet the more we are able to raise here the more powerful of a story we can tell you.
Thank you and thank you for your support,
*Genetically modified organisms (GMO) are genetically engineered (GE) organisms.
**"Foodopoly" by Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch
***United States Department of Agriculture-Economic Research Service- Historical Food sales for 2013 of at home and away from home total $1.4 trillion.
ORGANIC RISING List of completed of on-camera Interviews as of March 2014
Dirty Girl Produce with owner/farmer Joe Schirmer
Ecological Farming Association (EcoFarm) with Executive Director Ken Dickerson
Fogline Farm with owners/farmers Caleb Barron and Johnny Wilson
Free Wheeling Farm with owners/farmers Kirstin Yogg and Daryl Wong
Live Earth Farm with owner/farmer Tom Broz
Old House Farm with owner/farmer Kelly Bradford
OrganicFarming Research Foundation with Executive Director Maureen Wilmot
Route 1 Farms with owner/farmer Jeff Larkey
Santa Cruz Community Farmers’ Markets with Director Nesh Dhillon
Straus Family Creamery with Albert Straus
University of California, Santa Cruz, Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems with Executive Director Daniel Press and Instructor Orin Martin
Global Organics with owner Mitch Blumenthal
Lady Moon Farms with owner/farmer Tom Beddard
SunFest Herb Farm with farmer Tom Falco and owner Cliff Rosen
Veterans Farm with founder/farmer Adam Burke
Worden Farm with owners/farmers Eva and Chris Worden
Eagle Rooftop Farm with farmer Annie Novak
Farm at Miller's Crossing with owners/farmers Chris and Katie Cashen
Just Food with Executive Director Jacquie Berger
Karen Washington – food activist, urban farmer, Just Food Board Member
NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene'sPhysical Activity and Nutrition Program with Deputy Director Sabrina Baronberg
Sang Lee Farms with owner/farmer Fred Lee
USDA National Organic Program with Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy
Food and Water Watch with Executive Director Wenonah Hauter
Anson Mills with owner Glenn Roberts
Dan Barber, Executive Chef of Blue Hill Restaurant (New York)
J Field’s Organic Farm with Joseph Fields
Sean Brock, Celebrity Chef, owner of Husk and McCrady’s restaurants