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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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Photo of George Hageman

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.

Photo of Andrew

This topic needs more coverage! Accessibility is a huge issue that you briefly touched upon. I'd like to hear and learn about more efforts to bring sustainable food to lower SES communities.
Excellent video. Keep up the good work!

Photo of Sara Fattizzo

Wow! Well done! This video is interesting from the very beginning to the end! This topic is so important and the problem is unfortunately found  internationally. It is interesting to hear how people from farms and selling food are affected by the situation. This video really makes you think of your own behavior.. 

Photo of Karen

Whoot! Really great to hear unscripted voices of people. They are clearly passionate about what they talk about. I should really start buying things from the local market...

Photo of Sandra

Inspired me to think more about the food I buy in 2016 and finally go and check out the Boston Public Market. Thank you for sharing your view and story. Also, love your multimedia version on FOLD ( :)

Photo of Melodie V Ha

Great video, and really interesting perspective on food. Good luck! 

Photo of Diane  L. Hendrix

Hi Eric, would like to chat re shared interests for environment; I live in Boston and need collaborators for #cleancookstoves.  Nice idea you have there.

Photo of Lukas Fingerle

Great view on a globally relevant topic! It's cool seeing farmers markets like that one getting more and more popular again, but the problems discussed in your video are the same here in Germany as well!

Photo of Claire Rosenberg

So cool to see all these different and passionate perspectives weaved together! Great video for a great cause 

Photo of Will Sun

Awesome video, very interesting to hear how artisans view their craft and how lacking the industrial food complex really is.

Photo of Alan

You've made me appreciate food from a new perspective!  Thanks a lot, and great video!  Good luck spreading the word!

Photo of Judy Lee

Couldn't agree more!!! This is an important topic. Nice video!