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Deconstructing Supper with John Bishop of BISHOP’S

1 May

The film follows chef John Bishop, who owns the five star restaurant Bishop’s in Vancouver BC, Canada, John’s customers challenge his knowledge of food and he is forced to explore how food is grown and what is really in it. More and more customers begin to ask questions about the food that was being served and he realized that he himself did not know the answers. A person whose whole life is food even naming the restaurant after himself, Bishop is stumped when a customer asks him if the food he is serving is genetically modified, he confesses that he doesn’t know what that means. In this film Bishop travels take you from Canada to England and as far as India to discover the new and the old ways when it comes to growing food.

Even though this was filmed in 2002, I would say it is even more relevant today as more and more attempts are made to bring additional GMO crops into the food chain, both in the US and abroad. We are also seeing the real cost for oil beyond what we pay at the pump. Most food is trucked an average of 1500 miles, large scale commercial agriculture uses huge amounts of oil and those chemicals used on crops are usually petroleum based. Did you know that the USA is borrowing money from China to buy oil from the Persian Gulf, this oil is destroying the planet and our food.

The greatest thing to me is when people get involved change happens, just by saying no. We can use this as an inspiration for all of us to ask questions and make real choices about what path we take on what foods we put in our bodies; our loved ones too. Discover how to make better choices, buy local, buy organic when possible, get your food from places that care about the food they sell, educate each other and collaborate with your family on how you can all work together to attain optimum food for health and earth.

If we all “deconstructed” our meals what would we find; if we knew would we still want to eat what was on our plate? Shopping local is an easy way to do this in order to know what you are eating. When you eat out ask questions so restaurant owners know that this is important to their customers, after all they need us. It was because of customers asking questions that John Bishop investigated the state of food and made a change in his restaurant to serving primarily organic and locally produced products.

I leave you with this: keep in mind that we have the power to make change as consumers. Businesses operate by our demand. Big and small companies need our business. It is time to stop following the dictates of these companies and tell them what we want and what we will buy. Watch the film, keep learning, ask questions and let’s keep working together to achieve what we all deserve: optimum health, healthy food, healthy land and a long happy life.

Bishops 2183 West 4th Avenue
Vancouver BC Canada V6K 1N7
604 738 2025


Earthlings: Connecting the Dots (via )

22 Mar

A couple of weeks ago I (Ashley) watched the movie, Earthlings.  It was quite the experience.  After viewing the movie, I immediately posted a blog on my personal blog site.  As it clearly comes from a connectionist perspective, I’ve re-posted the blog here: I finally watched Earthlings tonight.  It was absolutely terrifying, horrifying, and sickening.  In fact, those words don’t even come close to the absolutely devastated state in which this movie Read More

Forks Over Knives~ Coming March 2011

23 Jan

I had the opportunity to attend the screening of Forks Over Knives presented by Vancouver’s Liberation BC, co-sponsored by the Vancouver Public Library.

Robert Cheeke flew up from the US to introduce the film and answer questions. More than 300 people showed for the screening, there were some disappointed faces that had to be turned away. This is an extremely important film,  an eye-opening experience. For those who missed this screening, the film will be in theatres late March to early April. Be sure to go see it.

There is a food revolution taking place, with groups like Liberation BC leading the way for Vancouver, I’m certain that we are on the right track to leading a much healthier lifestyle, we are exposed, educated and more informed, with films like these we are able to gain a clearer perspective.

Screenings and film sources are an important way to reach a wide circle of people, changing behaviours and more importantly promoting health and combating fatal disease and even preventing death.

Please check back and visit Liberation BC for upcoming events!

Movie’s That Will Save The PLANET

8 Jan

Along with the many animal concerns there are equally as many environmental concerns, they go hand in hand and we all need to take part, take notice and make a difference. Over the holidays I watched a few documentary’s. I highly recommend you watch these films, educate your self , your family and friends. The bigger the circle the bigger the change.

Tapped


Examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. The documentary is well structured and presents an overwhelming amount of evidence which will change the way anyone thinks about bottled and municipal water.

Both the “manufacture” of the water itself, and also where the bottles come from, where they go after use and how they influence our lives while they’re with us. The willful absence of major companies such as Coke, Pepsi and Nestle is extremely telling in light of all the material. Watch Free by clicking here: TAPPED

No Impact Man


“No Impact Man” is an awesome documentary movie, which has been directed by joint exertions of Laura Gabbert and Justin Schein. The plotline of the movie revolves around Manhattan-based Beavan family. This documentary follows the one year experiment of this family, as they abandon high consumption 5th Avenue lifestyle and try to live a simple life. They took this crucial step with the intention to save theenvironment. They don’t want to make any negative impact on the environment for a period of one year. You can watch No Impact Man video here to observe their one year experiment for the sake of environment.

Dirt! The Movie


DIRT! The Movie–directed and produced by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow–takes you inside the wonders of the soil. It tells the story of Earth’s most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility–from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

King Corn


King Corn is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation. In King Corn, Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America’s most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat-and how we farm.

A Delicate Balance documents the latest discoveries of some of the most prominent experts on nutrition in the world. Over 50 years of research is skilfully woven into what feels like a detective unravelling the mysteries behind the disease epidemic which has struck affluent countries with a vengeance – disease has been escalating over the last 50 years resulting in 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women being diagnosed with cancer.

Watching this film will help you make informed choices about your health and the environment around you and how to reduce your personal impact. Click here to watch for FREE

 

A few to start with, I will keep you posted on new ones as I continue to watch. Other films I highly recommend are  Food IncEarthlings, The CoveShark Water and Sustainable Table .

This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands.

Happy Watching, Learning, Changing and Saving our planet.

Change Your Thoughts Change The World (Influential Films)

19 Mar

Peaceable Kingdom 

Peaceable Kingdom takes an eye and heart opening journey to the front lines of an unseen national drama. Propelled by the eloquent testimony of farmers questioning the fundamental assumptions behind their way of life, a riveting portrait emerges of human and animal lives caught in an out of control industrial machine. Much more than and expose, the film is an inspiring story of personal redemption, compassion, healing, and hope. Running time: 70 minutes.

The Witness 

The Witness, Eddie Lama explains how he feared and avoided animals for most of his life, until the love of a kitten opened his heart, inspiring him to rescue abandoned animals, become a vegetarian, and ultimately, to bring his message of compassion to the streets of New York.With humor and sincerity, Eddie tells the story of his remarkable change in consciousness, sharing along the way some of the shocking realities of the meat and fur industries. Running time: 43 minutes.

Meet Your Meat 

Narrated by Alec Baldwin, that contains factory farming footage from birth to slaughter. This video exposes the truth about the meat industry. If you show a meat-eater only one video, make it this one! Running time: 13 minutes.

A Cow at my Table 

Jennifer Abbott Weaving together interviews with animal rights activists, agribusiness representatives, and animal welfare experts with archival and documentary footage, Jennifer Abbott has produced an extraordinarily compelling, powerful and visually stunning feature documentary. A Cow at My Table presents a story which is far more complex than one with only two sides: It is a profound and intelligent look at animals, meat, & culture. Running time: 90 minutes.

45 Days: The Life and Death of a Broiler Chicken 

Compassion Over KillingFilm on COK’s week-by-week investigation into the U.S. broiler chicken industry, from hatching and factory-farm life to slaughter and packaging. Running time: 12-minutes. Available in DVD

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