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December 12, 2014
Slow Food Springfield Film Festival
January 24, 2014
A film festival for everyone interested in learning about and supporting local food systems is planned for Saturday, January 24, 2015 in Foundation Hall at the Old State Capitol (Level 2) in Springfield from 2:00 - 8:30 p.m. The films are:
Flow: For Love of Water (2:00-3:30 p.m.)
Top 10 Finalists from the 2014 Real Food Media Contest (4:30-5:30 p.m.)
Growing Cities: A film about urban farming in America (6:15-8:30 p.m.)
Admission is $7.00 per person ($5.00 for Slow Food Springfield members). Students with a student ID are free. "We're pleased to announce that this year refreshments and dinner will be provided by Bear Creek Farm & Ranch for purchase during the festival," says Ann Hamilton, chapter leader for Slow Food Springfield. More information is available at or contact Deborah Cavanaugh-Grant, Extension Educator, Local Foods System and Small Farms at 

Why Buy Local?

According to Michael H. Shuman, author of Going Local, "Going local does not mean walling off the outside world. It means nurturing locally owned businesses which use local resources sustainably, employ local workers at decent wages and serve primarily local consumers. It means becoming more self-sufficient and less dependent on imports. Control moves from the boardrooms of distant corporations and back into the community where it belongs." 

Low-carbon Transport Stimulates Job Growth

Investments in low-carbon solutions that increase the use of public transport, bicycling, and walking – while complementing connected, compact cities – contribute to a climate- and worker-friendly job market. For instance, a study from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) shows that each $1 billion in annual spending on public transport in the United States supported an average of 36,000 jobs and prevented the emission of 80,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
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