“We want our food fast, convenient and cheap, but at what cost? As farms have become supersized, our environment suffers and so does the quality of our food. Food for Thought, Food for Life explains the downsides of current agribusiness practices, and also introduces us to farmers, chefs, researchers, educators, and advocates who are providing solutions. The film is both poetic and practical; its powerful examination of the connections between our planet and our well-being is accompanied by specific strategies that protect both. With an eye towards a sustainable and abundant future, it offers inspiration for communities that are ready to make a difference.”

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Director’s Statement

I have always felt a connection to the world around me. Nature can heal us and provides us with everything we need to thrive. However, we’re putting tremendous pressure on our planet’s resources and I’m aware of the many challenges we face. Serving on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture and We Are Family Foundation are some of the ways I am committed to nurturing our planet, but I know that global awareness is paramount to bring about significant change.

My short documentary film, Food for Thought, Food for Life, educates people about the negative impact our current methods of agriculture have on the earth. In addition to providing vital information, the film gives viewers the necessary tools to make a difference in their own lives. It explores the connection between the planet and our health and suggests that strengthening that connection will only benefit our future.

In everything I do – from my previous documentary Mission of Mermaids to my jewelry collections – my goal is to start a conversation about the things I’m most passionate about and empower people to take small actions that produce big changes. Conversation leads to collaboration, and together we can find local and global solutions that help the planet and ourselves.

Co-produced by
Beth Poague

Co-produced & edited by
Jackie French

Featuring the music of
Cloud Cult

Music score by
Craig Minowa

Featuring Dan Barber, Wendell Berry, Ron Finley, Chef Michel Nischan, Stephen Ritz, Cheryl Rogowski, Eliot Coleman, Daphne Miller and Fred Kirschenmann.

Thank you to Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture for their generous cooperation in the production of this film.

Produced in association with Louverture Films

Funding provided by Candescent Films and GRACE Communications Foundation and outreach funds provided by The Ford Foundation and New World Foundation

Susan Rockefeller, Director & Co-producer

Susan Rockefeller

Susan Rockefeller is a principal of Protect What Is Precious, a company that creates documentaries and inspires fashion accessories to elevate awareness about protecting what is precious to her: family, art and nature. Susan’s jewelry and accessories can be found at London Jewelers, Bernie Robbins, Takashimaya and on the company’s website. Her films have explored a range of contemporary issues, often using both real life heroes and those of myths to confront issues such as ocean acidification and the future of ocean health, PTSD and the use of music to heal, the confluence of race, poverty and illness, global food sustainability. The films have aired on HBO, PBS, and the Discovery Channel. Susan sits on the boards of Oceana, Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, We Are Family Foundation and is a member of Natural Resources Defense Council Global Leadership Council. She received her undergraduate degree from Hampshire College and her master’s degree from NYU.

Protect What is Precious

Protect What Is Precious is a brand that works toward a sustainable future by collaborating with people, organizations, and causes that are dedicated to rest, rejuvenation and re-imagining a better world through our simple credo — family, art, and nature.

Featured Artists

“Beneath the surface… there is more to it” 30″ x 40″ Acrylic on canvas”

Scott West

Origins – Oil on Canvas 36″ x 24″

Colin Caffell

White Stoneware Ceramic, 1990

Charlene Celio

Sunflower Farm in Gilroy, California (Watercolor), 2009

Featuring the music of Cloud Cult

The film is brought together, from start to finish, with the music of Cloud Cult. This Minneapolis-based indie art rock group is led by Craig Minowa, who also heads up the environmentally-conscious Earthology Records. The soundtrack ranges from haunting to electrifying, will center the viewer in the moment and inspire action!

New York Times: “A sprawling kaleidoscopic invocation of the life force with songs that veer from jubilation to simmering prayerful meditation.”

Rolling Stone: “The instrumental arsenal of the Arcade Fire mixed with the gentle electronic throb of the Postal Service.”

Pitchfork: “Insane genius…Records this casually monumental are rare indeed.”

Los Angeles Times: “Deserving of loud, boisterous cheers.”

Denver Post: Top 12 Albums of the Decade- “It’s impossible to not be moved…” 

Cloud Cult developed in 1995 as a solo studio project of Craig Minowa. His first full length album, “The Shade Project” caught the interest of a few small independent labels who urged Minowa to consider performing the songs live. Craig worked the next four years on a new studio project which would be the first official Cloud Cult album, “Who Killed Puck?”. Sarah Young appeared on this album for the first time on cello and Eduardo Vaz assisted with drums on a few of the songs. Minowa’s early work earned Cloud Cult several offers from record labels, but all were rejected in favor of self-publishing and maintaining total control over the ethical aspects of the business practices.  Find out more…

Film Credits

With gratitude to our participants

Wendell Berry
Bennett Konesni
Fred Kirshenmann
Jonathan Foley, Ph.D.
Chris O’Blenness

Jack Algiere
Cheryl Rogowski
Eliot Coleman
Zach Wolf
Daphne Miller, M.D.

Steven Ritz
Petra Page-Mann
Matthew Goldfarb
Stephen Jones, Ph.D.
John Navazio, Ph.D.

Dan Barber
Jill Isenbarger
Cristeta Comerford
Michel Nischan
Ken Cook
Ron Finley

A very special thank you to

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Peggy Dulany
Fred Kirshenmann
Jill Isenbarger
Erica Helms
Jennifer Rothman
Mara Flanagan

Blue Hill Restaurant
Dan Barber
Irene Hamburger
Philippe Gouze
Peter Bradley
Danielle Harrity

Candescent Films
Lilly Hartley
Jeffrey Tarrant
Laura Vigilante
Laura Neil
Adriana Stimola


Clarissa De Los Reyes
Rob Featherstone
Rhiannon Hyde
Selena Richholt
Micah Schaffer
Zao Wang


John D’Aquino
Shiho Miyazawa
Bret Scheinfeld

Associate Editor
Erin Martell

Color Corrector
Evan Anthony

Video post-production facility

Re-recording mixer
Geoff Strasser

Audio post-production facility
Analogue Muse

All songs written & composed by Craig Minowa & performed by CLOUD CULT

“The Show Starts Now”
from the album LOVE
(c) 2013 Earthology Records

“Chemicals Collide”
“Chain Reaction”
from the album The Meaning of 8
(c) 2007 Earhology Records

“We Made Up Your Mind For You”
from the album Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus
(c) 2005 Earthology Records

“There’s So Much Energy in Us”
“Running With the Wolves”
from the album Light Chasers
(c) 2010 Earthology Records

“No One Said It Would Be Easy”
“When Water Comes To Life”
“The Will of a Volcano”
from the album Feel Good Ghosts
(c) 2008 Earthology Records

“Step Forward (Live)”
From the album Unplug
(c) 2014 Earthology Records

Graphics courtesy of
Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota

Archival footage
National Geographic

Additional footage
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
TEDxSt. Paul
Wholesome Wave
Acta Non Verba: Youth Urban Farm Project
AP/Charles Bennett
Liz Aragon/Sweetclipart.com
Environmental Working Group
Foundation for Sustainable Development, Poland
Fruition Seeds
Google Earth
Green Bronx Machine
The International Culinary Center
KVIE Sacremento
Jennifer Lakhlani
Mardi Gras Zone Supermarket
The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative
Neethu Odukkathu
Organics Recycling Group
Francesca Owens
Agatha Maia Pereira
The Ron Finley Project
Time Magazine
University of Vermont Extension
The Woodstock Fruit Festival
Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

Quote from “Soils of the Desert Southwest”: by Wallace H. Fuller
(c)1975 The Arizona Board of Regents, Reprinted by Permission of the University of Arizona Press

Karen Shatzkin

Jessica Posada

Produced in association with
Louverture Films

Copyright 2014
Susan Rockefeller

Special thanks
Shannon Algiere
Sedge Algiere
Ojiah Algiere
Joslyn Barnes
Mary Berry
Erin Bullock
Clara Coleman
Scott Cullen
Heather Darby
Julie Dawson
Douglass DeCandia
Edith Gawler
Ken Greene
Nash Huber
Marion Hunt
Wendy Johnson
Dan Kunitz

Special thanks
Chetnabem Lakhlani
Ellie Lobovits
Klaas Martens
Mary Howell-Martens
Michael Mazourek
Susan McCouch
Cara Mertes
Antonia Owens
Meg Paska
Todd Reubold
Steffen Schneider
Scott Cullen
Marion Hunt
Toby Usnik
Charles Zellinger
Finnegan Zellinger
GRACE Communications Foundation
Ford Foundation