Held in Wageningen for three consecutive nights and one afternoon, OtherWise and its partners are looking back at another successful edition of the Food4All Festival in the last week of November.
The screening of Joe Cross’ ‘The Kids Menu’ on the first night was greatly appreciated by an audience of 35. Exploring the issues of a lack of access to and knowledge of healthy foods, the documentary inspired a discussion of personal examples of how to involve children directly with food, from harvesting to cooking. Some questions raised were: are there any local initiatives here that deal with education of children around food? Is the fact that so many people can’t access healthy and sustainably grown food a political question of power along the food chain?
During the lunch lecture on the second day, a variety of Perennial Plate episodes were presented to an audience of 60 students and employees from Wageningen University. These short clips told diverse stories of food production and highlighted the interconnectedness of the world’s food system, leaving the crowd thinking about socially responsible and adventurous eating habits.
For the night’s event, the screening of the British documentary ‘Local Food Roots’ focused on the power of local systems and the need to encourage direct production, distribution and consumption. The film’s underlying message was well-received by the audience of 30 and Jan Wieringa from Veld en Beek and Pieter Laments from De Nieuwe Ronde described their very own local projects, which led to an interactive discussion of the benefits and challenges of small-scale initiatives. Information on the Nyéléni Europe movement was provided, which aims to realise food sovereignty and shift thinking on current agricultural structures.
For the final evening, Erik-Jan van Oosten first introduced two books on food waste cooking and elaborated upon Wageningen’s local example of Foodsharing Wageningen. The programme finished off a screening of Grant Baldwin’s and Jenny Rustemeyer’s ‘Just Eat It’ documentary. The film’s unique combined general and personal approach to the issue of food waste initiated a motivating discussion amongst the audience of 40 on how to change current habits. Some matters raised were how to request shop keepers for food waste and the role of Wageningen University in research of food.