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  1. Introduction
  2. Growing Change, Offering a Solution to World Hunger
  3. Movie review
  4. Conclusion

Growing Change, a film by Simon Cunich, is a documentary investigating the current food system and solution to world hunger. The film documents the current food system by trying to understand why a lot of people goes hungry every day. The film begins by an investigating the long-time underlying causes of the global food crisis of 2008. The film takes a tour of Venezuela following their efforts to develop more sustainable food and agricultural system available to all. In a sneak preview, Venezuela once had a strong agricultural sector, but it lagged behind as the country turn to oil exportation in the 20th Century. Venezuela faced a major food crisis of its following decades of urbanization, government neglect for agriculture and depended too much on food imports. The country gives an example of the challenges facing much of the world today. The documentary takes the viewers through a new food system constructed almost from the scratch.

The farmers can be seen working in cooperatives trying to break the reliance on imports. The cocoa farmers can also be seen engaged in local processing rather than exporting raw beans, and the fishermen are benefiting from the new regulations that restrict industrial trawling. The film by Simon Cunich gives an inspirational story that is full of lively characters, impressive sceneries and ideas that could help transform the food system. Additionally, the film demonstrates how communities can become active in redefining the food supply and provide to the hungry. There are growing beliefs that a solution to world food crisis is expanding large-scale farming further while others place their beliefs on genetically engineered crops.

[...] More farm size is deteriorating forcing more farmers to work on ecological fragile land. However, from the film, there is a possible solution to this problem by focusing on community supported approach to agricultural production. Cunich shows in his Growing Change that, following the increased attention given to the increased attention now given to agricultural sectors and removal of the constraint in the agricultural production, the community is now able to offer affordable food to the hungry. A community supported approach offers a radical approach to production and supply of foods that builds a strong and mutually beneficial partnership between communities and producers. [...]


[...] Pollan, M. (2006). The omnivore's dilemma. NY: Penguin Group. [...]


[...] The film shows how the Venezuelan communities have begun benefiting from the switch to the cooperative model. The movement is likely to spur a global change of mindset. Members of agricultural cooperatives have experienced the community benefits. The new programs also strengthen an increased sense of community. One would wonder why the world would not borrow from Venezuela in ensuring sustainability. Ecological agricultural practices, besides maintaining environmental and economic standards, serve as a social sustainability both in its internal structure and its social programs. [...]


[...] Growing Change, a film by Simon Cunich, is a documentary investigating the current food system and solution to world hunger. The film documents the current food system by trying to understand why a lot of people goes hungry every day. The film begins by an investigating the long-time underlying causes of the global food crisis of 2008. The film takes a tour of Venezuela following their efforts to develop more sustainable food and agricultural system available to all. In a sneak preview, Venezuela once had a strong agricultural sector, but it lagged behind as the country turn to oil exportation in the 20th Century. [...]

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