Copenhagen Screening: SRO
December 18, 2009 10:11am
Many people said they appreciated “What's For Dinner?’s” exploration of many related issues, from climate change to food security to small farmers’ economic concerns to public health to animal welfare to China’s development path, as opposed to a single focus. After the film, about 50 people stayed on for a discussion between the audience, me and three colleagues I’d invited to join an informal panel: Dale Wen from Action 2030, Lasse Bruun from Compassion in World Farming and Chetana Mirle from Humane Society International. All work on aspects of industrial agriculture, animal agriculture and sustainable agriculture in global contexts.
The panel went on so long that one of the Klimaforum organizers had to ask us to wrap it up—before the room was locked for the night. Just before she left, a young German woman of Chinese descent I’d chatted with earlier, who’d brought along friends and wanted my assurance that they wouldn’t regret coming to see the film, said the film had moved her. She didn’t know much about the issues before, she explained, but now she wanted to learn more and examine her own actions. Yes, she said, her friends had enjoyed it, too. It was past 10:45 p.m. then and snow, about 5 centimeters’ worth, was piling up outside.