Reel and Meal August 19: “Ground War” documentary on pesticides and public health

Reel and Meal at the New Deal Cafe to feature 

a newly-released documentary 

about Pesticides and Public Health,

 Monday, August 19, 2019

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Ahh summer!  A time of spending more time outside enjoying the remaining lazy days of picnics in the yard, visits to the golf course, and watching children play in sports fields. But is our outdoors safe? Just how safe?  The documentary Ground War will explore such questions.  The free film screening will be shown following an optional vegan meal ($14.00), which begins at 6:30pm (film to begin at 7:15pm).  The New Deal Café is located at 113 Centerway in Greenbelt’s Roosevelt Center.

In Ground War, a filmmaker’s investigation into the death of his father takes him deep into the world of golf, chemical lobbying, and citizen activism, where he learns that the increasing use of pesticides around the world may be far more damaging than he thought. What chance do we have at creating a safer world for ourselves and our children’s future lives?

A discussion will follow the film and will be led by those who are active in the field of environmental land care policy development. Julie Taddeo, a leading architect of the Safegrow Takoma program and Luisa Robles, Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Greenbelt and Staff Liaison to Green ACES will provide a better understanding of current policies in place in these communities, and they will also facilitate discussion about organic landcare (OPM) and integrated pest management (IPM) strategies.

Reel and Meal, a monthly vegan meal and film series focused on environmental, social justice and animal rights issues, happens every third Monday of the month at the New Deal Café and is organized by Utopia Film Festival, Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group, Green Vegan Networking, and Prince George’s County Peace and Justice Coalition.  This month’s program is co-sponsored by Beyond Pesticides, a national organization that works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.  It is also co-sponsored by the Butterfly Brigade and the Greenbelt Forest Preserve’s Keep it Wild citizen committee that respect the rights of wildlife to live in peace, in a healthy habitat. 

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The New Deal Café is accessible from Greenbelt Metro station by buses G 12 and 14. 


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