“Living Downstream” is the documentary of Sandra Steingraber, PhD. The film follows the ecologist as she travels North America, trailing the journey of carcinogens that flow through our waterways due to industrial farming, all while exploring her own story of cancer.
Sandra strives to educate farmers, scientists, and politicians about cancer and its environmental links.
The film explores how the pesticides introduced after World War II are still impacting our lives and health today. Sandra’s journey is both personal and scientific. Her story in many ways parallels “Silent Spring” and the scientist, Rachel Carson, who was battling cancer as she fought to bring the harm pesticides cause into public consciousness.
At once powerful, poetic, and heartrendingly beautiful, “Living Downstream” will make you believe even more deeply in organic farming and its necessity in changing our world.
“Living Downstream” screens on Friday, February 7 at 7:00 p.m. in BriarPatch’s Community Room. Friday Food Films are free and open to the public. Come early, as seating is limited.