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And the Oscar for Best Sustainable Food Movie Goes To…

Yesterday morning the Oscar nominations were announced, and while there is not yet a category for ‘Best Sustainable Food Feature’, there has definitely been a surge in Eco-documentaries over the past few years, dealing with everything from the environment to farming, from wildlife and preservation to, yes, you guessed it, chickens.

Some of the best received films are listed below, but it’s a very short list from an ever growing selection. And while neither George Clooney or Brad Pitt are featured in any of my Eco-movie picks, I’m confident that those two socially responsible actors would agree on the merit of the films listed.

Food Inc.
In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation’s food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that has been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government’s regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. Featuring interviews with such experts as Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) and Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto).

Mad City Chickens
Mad City Chickens is a sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical look at the people who keep urban chickens in their backyards. From chicken experts and authors to a rescued landfill hen or an inexperienced family that decides to take the poultry plunge. It is a humorous and heartfelt trip through the world of backyard chickendom.

Fresh
Fresh is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. The underground documentary that became a massive grassroots success, FRESH is the embodiment of the good food movement. Their aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participants in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement.

Dirt! The Movie
All About Dirt. DIRT! The Movie, tells the amazing and little known story of the relationship between humans and living dirt.

Food Matters
Food Matter examines how the food we eat can help or hurt our health. Nutritionists, naturopaths, doctors, and journalists weigh in on topics organic food, food safety, raw foodism, and nutritional therapy. Available for digital viewing on Netflix.

For a more comprehensive list of of green and environmental films take a look at this Eco Hearth article.

 

Weekend Service Interuption

This last weekend, our hosting provider migrated some of their servers to a new data center. As a result of that migration, some web sites, including Eggzy, began to experience intermittent data issues beginning around 6:00 am on Sunday, Jan 15th. As a result, in order to protect the integrity of our Member’s and Flock Owner’s data, we decided to bring Eggzy down until the migration was complete.

Full service was restored mid-morning yesterday and everything appears to be running smoothly. If you do experience any issues with your data however, please email us at support@eggzy.net and we will address it immediately.

And, as usual, if you have any questions or suggestions, please let us know using the orange feedback tab on the right side of any Eggzy page. We appreciate all of your feedback.

best regards and thanks for using Eggzy,

The Eggzy Team

Chick Pics

No, not those kinds of chicks, we’re talking about the cute feathery kind …

If you have a Flickr account, add your photos to our Eggzy group pool to see your flock on Eggzy’s homepage. All photos in the Eggzy photo group take turn showing up on the Eggzy.net homepage, which means everyone coming to the site can see your amazingly beautiful and awesome flock. Really.

And while you’re at it, how about adding those same flock photos to your egg stand? Doing this is relatively easy and painless to do and adding photos of your birds to your egg stand helps others identify with your flock – here’s a link to our help page that tells you how.

Feed Yourself. Feed Others.

Over the last 30 days, Eggzy flock owners have logged 5226 eggs. On average, each egg contains 6 grams of protein, totaling a whopping 31,356 grams of protein produced in the last month!!

You’re probably already aware that enabling Food Security is core to our mission at Eggzy; where “Food Security” is the availability of nutritious food and one’s access to it. A household is considered food-secure when its occupants do not live in hunger or fear of hunger. That’s why we’re pledging to donate a dozen eggs from our own flock to our local food pantry once a month, or whenever possible.

Now 12 eggs may not sound like much, but we don’t have a large flock. We average 4 eggs a day or 28 eggs a week, which gives us an average of 9 dozen a month. We keep a dozen a week for ourselves and sell a dozen a week to friends, so our ‘extra’ is a little more than 12 eggs a month, weather and flock disposition allowing.

Fresh, healthy foods are always in short supply at food pantries, and they’d certainly appreciate any extra eggs we can collectively donate. The truth is, eggs are such a great source of nutrition that even a dozen goes a long way. An average size egg has 6 grams of protein, giving a dozen eggs a total 72 grams of protein (12 x 6 = 72 grams).

If you’d like to join us in our New Year’s resolution to share more this year, here are a couple of resources to help you find your local food pantry or soup kitchen.

Best Wishes & Happy New Year,

Team Eggzy