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ABC Documentary: Globalization of agriculture

  • Subject: [cg] ABC Documentary: Globalization of agriculture
  • From: Alliums garlicgrower@earthlink.net
  • Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 10:21:07 -0400

Hi, Folks!

The Justice and Witness Ministries of the United Church of Christ and the National Council of Churches produced this documentary -- it's supposed to be quite good!

Details (and URLs) below. The UCC website is always worth visiting.

Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden

A mission of
St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460

ABC Documentary on the impact of globalization on family farmers, Hosted
by Willie Nelson

"Strong Roots, Fragile Farms" will be released October 6, 2002. The film
is narrated by Willie Nelson with a music by Peter Buffett, who scored
the Dances with Wolves soundtrack. The film explores the real life impact
of globalization upon today's family farmers in Iowa, North Carolina, the
Philippines, and Mexico.

Below is a description of an "action plan" to ensure that your local ABC
affiliate runs the documentary. Please circulate this memo to your
friends. The more your local affiliate hears from its viewers, the better the
chance they will run it.

The decision to air "Strong Roots, Fragile Farms" rests with the local
ABC-TV stations. Therefore, it is imperative that citizens concerned
about the plight of family farm agriculture and rural communities and the
impacts of globalization should write their local ABC-TV affiliate as soon as
possible. If there is sufficient interest from the public, the program
managers or station managers will likely respond positively. Letters from
farm, church, labor, environmental, and public interest organizations are
very helpful. When you write, ask for a good time slot.

To find the list of your state's ABC-TV affiliates, go to
http://abc.abcnews.go.com/site/localstations.html Click on your state,
and you get the list your state's ABC-TV stations, their telephone numbers,
mailing addresses, and e mail addresses. A letter is better than a phone
call or email, because the station has to keep on file all letters.

The United Church of Christ, which produced the documentary, has created a web
site with information about the documentary:

The website will allow you to:
- Download the beautiful poster and place it in prominent places in your
- Check for the air dates and times in your local community.
- Send friends and colleagues electronic postcards about "Strong Roots,
Fragile Farms."
- Download the information you need to write or call your local ABC-TV
- Copy the sample press release and send it to your local newspapers,
magazines, radio, television stations, unions, and
family farm-related businesses.

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