What's on Your Plate? (2009, 76 min)
Director: Catherine Gund
Producers: Catherine Gund, Tanya Selvaratnam
We are, for the first time in our history, at the unenviable moment when our unhealthy diet and lack of education surrounding our food supply have combined to foment the perfect storm that is taking us toward extinction (…) What’s On Your Plate? will provide a first step in our education, which just might curb this trajectory and possibly save our children.
-Ann Cooper, Lunch Lessons: Changing the Way We Feed Our Children
Filmed over the course of a year, “What’s On Your Plate” is a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics; what kids eat, where it comes from, and why it makes people so sick. Sadie and Safiyah, two eleven-year-old biracial city kids, explore their place in the food chain by taking a close look at food systems in New York City and its surrounding areas. With a camera in hand, our young narrators meet with food activists, farmers, storekeepers, and their families in their quest to understand what’s on all of our plates.