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Panelists at the Q&A session of "In Organic We Trust". Top-left: Susan Odell of Slow Food Park City. Bottom-left: Daisy Fair of Copper Moose Farm. Top-right: Fred Montague of the University of Utah. Top-right: Katherine Wang of Summit Community Gardens.

The Park City Film Series, in partnership with the Park City Museum, screened the documentary film, “In Organic We Trust” at the Jim Santy Auditorium on Thursday night. The film is a documentary critiquing the present state of modern, industrialized agriculture with its corollary modern health problems in America, the meaning and problems of organic certification, and the viable, practical, and local food solutions Americans are implementing in schools, homes, and communities across the nation.

After the film, panelists were invited to discuss the importance of the film for locals in Park City. The panelists were: Daisy Fair of Copper Moose Farm, Susan Odell of Slow Food Park City, Fred Montague of the University of Utah, and Katherine Wang of Summit Community Gardens. The following quotes are what the panelists believed to be the most important message of the film.

  • "One, as consumers we have a lot of power. Don't just trust blindly. Follow through with your consumer dollars. Second, if you're at all inclined, just start gardening. Third, if you're not growing your own food, try to know who is. Organic food is a baseline. You're getting less petroleum based chemicals in your diet, which is a good thing. Be your own grower, or know a grower." - Daisy Fair of Copper Moose Farm

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  • "The message of the movie, in my opinion, is to buy the best quality food you can. Stay away from processed food. Organic is good, but there is better food. Buy locally produced organic food that is also sustainably produced. That is the best answer for the environment and for the soil, and it tastes better."  - Susan Odell of Slow Food Park City

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  • "The conversation is ongoing. People are still confused and don't think that it's for them. We have local solutions right here in Park City through Summit Community Gardens." - Katy Wang - Park City Film Series | Summit Community Gardens

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  • "It brings home more questions than answers. One of the things pointed out in the film was the precautionary principle. In the face of a threat of unknown dimensions, you try to avoid the threat. The most basic way to do that is to grow your own food, or to purchase your food from local sources." - Fred Montague of Professor Emeritus of the University of Utah
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You can find more information on the film and how to take action in your community here: http://www.inorganicwetrust.org/take_action

 

To find out about more local food producers, there will be a Meet the Producers event at the Swaner EcoCenter on Monday, March 18th, at 6:30 p.m.

 

The screening of “In Organic We Trust” ties into the Park City Museum's "Eat Well, Play Well" exhibit that is on display through April 28.