August 22, 2011

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Environmental Center will host a "Green Screens" documentary series, beginning with "Fresh," on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg.

Produced and directed by Ana Sofia Joanes, "Fresh" exposes the many ills associated with industrial agriculture, including concentrated animal feeding operations that cause pollution and farmers who worry about incurring more debt to pay for expensive equipment and feeds.

"And with the increasing incidence of diabetes and other illness, we Americans are finally coming to the realization that our food may no longer be healthful for us to eat," said Joanes, who argues that creative solutions do exist. Her film profiles several successful ranchers and growers from urban and rural communities who have chosen more sustainable methods.

The screening is open to the public; admission is $2 per person. Following the film, a panel discussion on sustainable agriculture will include Ben Marsh, Bucknell professor of geography, and grower John Tewksbury of Tewksbury Grace Farm in Muncy.

Green Screens is a new sustainability-themed series presented monthly by the Bucknell University Environmental Center and the Campus Theatre. Each film will be followed by an opportunity for audience discussion.

Other films in the fall series will focus on the environmental impacts of bottled water ("Tapped" on Oct. 4), the challenge of waste minimization in an era of industrialization and globalization ("Manufactured Landscapes" on Nov. 8 -- note date change), and the commercialization of childhood ("Consuming Kids" on Nov. 29).

The historic Campus Theatre is located at 413 Market Street, Lewisburg, and recently underwent significant renovation.

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