22 Oct Recipe For Perfection: Food Day: An Interview with Susan Rockefeller, Director of “Food for Thought, Food for Life”
What inspired you to make Food for Thought, Food for Life?
I was trying to get at root cause of obesity and other health issues. I began by examining gluten intolerance, high cholesterol, things like that, which eventually led to agriculture and climate change. Agriculture plays a large part in climate issues. The chemicals fertilizers and pesticides we use are wreaking havoc on our planet.
I questioned how to make a healthier food system and empower people to be a part of it. At its heart, Food for Thought, Food for Life is educational; it reveals the mysteries and beauty of soil; it exposes where our food comes from. I wanted people to feel empowered three times a day with their choices. I believe people can get overwhelmed by the enormity of the problems that face us. BUT we can start with simple actions like asking where our food comes from. This is profound and also rewarding.
Tell me about the artists featured in the film, such as Cloud Cult.
I wanted to integrate the wisdom of science with the beauty and mystery of our earth. Most artists paint landscapes of some sort. Art elevates us; it’s a universal language so combining it with science delivers a powerful message. Cloud Cult makes cool and amazing music. They live off the grid and grow their own food, so it just felt right to work with them.
How did you determine who you wanted to interview for the film?
I thought of influencers in space and asked people who know a lot about the food space – Dan Barber is amazing. Fred Kirchemann is a genius. Ron Finley also. There are so many important voices to be heard. On our film website, you can learn about all the people included in the film.