Film on food co-ops to be shown at GCC

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

GREENFIELD — “Food For Change” by filmmaker Steve Alves, a story of cooperatives in America, will be shown at Greenfield Community College on Wednesday in the President’s Conference Room at noon.

Alves will be there to introduce the film and answer questions after the show. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

The 82-minute documentary examines the history of cooperatives in America as the country’s longest-surviving alternative economic system. The film focuses on the local food movement, the current resurgence of food cooperatives in America and their unique place in the economic and political landscape.

Born in the heartland, cooperatives are seen as the middle path between capitalism and socialism. The film is an example of community-centered economies.

“It’s American history, from the Great Depression to the present, with co-ops as the protagonist,” said Alves, “one part food, two parts politics, and three parts economics.”

The film profiles several food co-ops, including Green Fields Market, as pioneers that have revived neighborhoods and entire communities. Watch the trailer: vimeo.com/232681435