From filmmaker Mark Kitchell (Berkeley in the Sixties, A Fierce Green Fire) comes a new film: EVOLUTION of ORGANIC. It’s the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers’ sons and daughters reject chemical farming and set out to explore organic alternatives. It’s a heartfelt journey of change – from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has gone mainstream, split into an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture. It’s the most popular and successful outgrowth of the environmental impulse of the last fifty years.
EVOLUTION of ORGANIC is not just a history, but looks to exciting and important futures:
• The next generation who are broadening organic into no-till and urban farms; Latino growers and eco-fashion; even raising salmon in flooded rice fields
• Carbon farming as a climate solution, taking carbon dioxide out of the air and putting it in the ground where it belongs – “the best news on the planet”
• What lies “beyond organic,” from soil microbiology as the new frontier to visions of regenerative agriculture. As interviewee Kelly Mulville says,
Creating health in the soil creates health in the ecosystem creates health in the atmosphere – and it all cycles around.