Dr. Sonja Floto-Stammen visited the Food Filmfestival, gathered inspirations for the upcoming Fontys Food Film project of the IFBM students and reports what she found out in Wageningen.
I was a little bit astonished when I read about the Food Filmfestival on Tour. For 5 years now, this team of ambitious people from Amsterdam is busy with presenting food films and organizing discussions and I´ve never heard about it. That´s interesting as I´m searching the internet for quite a long time now – looking for input for our Fontys Food Film project. So I was curious and visited the filmfestival in Wageningen last Wednesday.
And – WOW – a great film about the importance of biodiversity in crop seeds. A fantastic film about Cary Fowler the founder of the world’s largest seed bank in Norway. He started the vault to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds that are duplicate samples, or "spare" copies, of seeds held in gene banks worldwide. After the film I joined the so called “Talk Show” – a discussion between representatives of Monsanto, an organic seed breeder, a seed trading company and an NGO, moderated by a fair moderator and commented by a philosopher. What I take back home: it´s so important to keep talking with all parties to make up your mind. It´s not organic farming and it´s not genetic engineering that solves all challenges we are facing. But it is the mixture of all our knowledge, ideas and energy.
I´m inspired even more and I´m looking forward to the food films our IFBM students will produce!
More about the Food Filmfestival on Tour: http://blog.foodfilmfestival.nl/
More about the film: http://www.seedsoftimemovie.com/