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Getting to Know Our Food

I went to the local Boston Public Market to interview vendors who are passionate about food sustainability to gather their perspectives.

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I am passionate about sustainability, and I am a strong believer in the power of digital and multimedia storytelling to connect people together and to raise empathy and awareness for causes as pressing and relevant as sustainability. In response to this challenge, I decided to make a short video related to our food system. Inspired by Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and Dan Barber's "The Third Plate," my short video attempts to raise awareness of the challenges and opportunities for local food systems around us. My video is titled "Knowing Our Food," and it contains the voices and perspectives of vendors at the Boston Public Market. To access the video, podcast, and audio transcript of the story, please click here.

I am interested in telling more stories related to food sustainability. One specific area of interest is the impact of current fishing practices and their effects on marine ecology. My interest in this topic was inspired by Valerie Rosenberg, a fishmonger I spoke with for my video, who talked about the issue of overfishing for certain, high-demand species and the wasting and neglect of bycatch. I hope to make a video to raise awareness of the effects of unsustainable fishing on marine life and climate change, as well as the ways in which we can address this issue.


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Great video! And on a very important topic too! I never stopped to think about how selective government subsidies support some industries over others, and broad overviews of the topic just doesn't cut it. Mr. Liao gets the information straight from the cheesmaker's mouth, and it was pleasure to listen and hear their stories firsthand. Great video.

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