City hosts free sustainability movie night
July 21, 2009
By Angelo Grosso
On July 22, city officials are hosting a free movie night in which the documentary “King Corn” will play. This is the third film that the city has had this year on sustainability. The aim of these quarterly movie nights is for local residents to become aware of ways to help sustain and maintain the environment around them.“These free movie nights have become a great success in our community,” said city Communications Coordinator Autumn Monahan. “It’s wonderful to see that our community members have such a strong interest in sustainability topics.”
This particular event is all about how corn affects the national food system and ultimately us as the consumers. The production of corn is a staple in the modern American diet, with products like high-fructose corn syrup and corn-fed meat.
“King Corn” is about two friends who move to Iowa to learn where their food comes from. Using genetically modified seeds and powerful herbicides, the two learn to grow and harvest corn. They then try to follow their corn into the national food system, and what they learn raises many questions and concerns.
“It’s important to realize how important corn is to our way of life,” said city Resource Conservation Coordinator Micah Bonkowski. “It impacts everything.”
After the movie, a panel of experts will lead a discussion about America’s food system, agriculture and organic farming. The panel will be Chris Benedict, from the Washington State University Pierce County Co-Extension; Sarah Cassidy, an organic farmer from Oxbow Farms in Carnation; and Trudy Bialic, director of public affairs from PCC Natural Markets.
“All three are from different parts of the puzzle that corn has on our society,” Bonkowski said. “These panel discussions have had audiences really engaged and interested. There has been some great dialogue through the sharing of these films. Overall, turnouts have been good.”
There will be information tables, as well as refreshments provided by PCC Natural Markets, for those attending. In addition, door prizes will be given away by Cedar Grove Compost in Woodinville.
The free movie nights are presented by the city’s Resource Conservation Office and funded through a grant from the King County Local Hazardous Waste Management Program. The program intends to protect public health and environmental quality by reducing the threat posed by the production, use, storage and disposal of hazardous materials.
If you go
‘King Corn,’ a free movie
6:30-9 p.m. (Come at 6 p.m. if you want to talk with exhibitors and get a good seat.)
King County Library Service Center Community Room
960 Newport Way N.W.
www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/rco or 837-3400
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