ORGANIC RISING

A look at the organic food movement in the U.S. directed by Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Suau.
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THANK YOU ALL CONTRIBUTORS! 

If you missed the campaign and still want to donate to the film you can at: http://www.organicrisingfilm.com/

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 we dig the song, check for it on the Organic Rising YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCz0M3LEPoiPoDKkQu6_LfAw
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.”

PRODUCERS Nick QUESTED is an owner and the Executive Director at Goldcrest Films. He has produced such films as “Restrepo,” “Which Way Is the Front Line fromHere? The Life and Times of Tim Hetherington" and the "Iron Lady.”

Kelly BRADFORD is an organic farmer and owner of Old House Farm in Scotts Valley, California.

ORGANIC RISING

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.

Poisonous systemic pesticides can be found in many GMO food products that are as much as 70% of the food on our supermarket shelves

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.

But what I am going to focus on in this film, Organic Rising, is the solution not the problem. There are plenty of films, books and articles that can give you that information.

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,

Anthony SUAU

*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

California

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

Florida

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

New York

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

Washington, D.C.

USDA National Organic Program with Deputy Administrator Miles McEvoy

Food and Water Watch with Executive Director Wenonah Hauter

South Carolina

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

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