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This month, hundreds of food co-ops will receive the Living Downstream Educational DVD completely free of charge. Created for use by educators, nonprofit organizations and community groups, this Educational DVD contains two versions of the film, a range of bonus features and access to two written guides to help organizations and individuals use the film in their work.
The distribution of Living Downstream to food co-ops was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota-based Ceres Trust, which supports work to eliminate pesticide exposure and believes that informed and politically engaged people are needed to create such social change. In that spirit, the Trust hopes that the co-ops set to receive the DVD will use it to hold screenings, workshops, and other public events in their communities.
Chanda Chevannes, Producer/Director of Living Downstream responded to the gift from the Trust in this way: “I am incredibly excited that the Ceres Trust is making Living Downstream available to the food co-operative sector. This distribution initiative will allow us to bring the film to people at the grassroots who are already taking steps to create positive change their communities. We hope that screenings of Living Downstream hosted by food co-ops will invigorate discussion and inspire further action to reduce our dependency on toxic chemicals.”
Anne Haddad, Program Director of the Ceres Trust added, “At the Ceres Trust, we know that food co-operatives not only provide organic, pesticide-free food, but also are educational hubs that empower people to become active and powerful food citizens. Living Downstream, is a powerful educational tool and we look to co-ops to provide the forum to discuss how, as citizens and communities, we can better protect ourselves and our families from harmful pesticides and chemicals.”
Food co-ops across Canada and the US will be receiving the Educational DVD in late October and early November. If you are a food co-op and have not received your DVD yet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request your copy.