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PBS to Premiere 'Food Forward' Documentary
USAgNet - 03/28/2012

Food Forward Productions and KQED Presents announce the broadcast television premiere of Food Forward: Urban Agriculture Across America in Los Angeles on Monday, April 5.

Food Forward is a refreshing documentary series about the chefs, scientists, farmers, fishermen, teachers and others creating a healthier food system in America.

"We've all heard what's wrong with the way we eat. It's making us sick. It's depleting natural resources. It's unsustainable. Food Forward offers something different," said Greg Roden, director of Food Forward.

"Our program goes beyond celebrity chefs, cooking competitions and recipes to reveal the compelling stories and inspired solutions from Americans striving to create a more just, sustainable and delicious alternative to how and what we eat."

The first episode in the series is shot entirely on location, from the rooftop farms of New York City to the food deserts of Detroit, Food Forward features food rebel John Mooney, whose space-age hydroponic farm on top of a historic building in the West Village of Manhattan, is a window into the future of rooftop farming. In Milwaukee, viewers meet the biggest name in urban agriculture, Will Allen, who is inspiring a new generation of aquaponic innovators.

After a stop in West Oakland, Food Forward finishes in Detroit with Travis Roberts, an eighteen-year-old who grew up watching the city struggle with increasing urban blight. In trouble and more than 100 pounds overweight,

Roberts discovers the city's urban agriculture movement and finds a new purpose in life through urban chicken farming. Food Forward opens the door into a new world of possibility, where pioneers and visionaries are creating viable alternatives to our food system.

Additional content including deleted scenes, character profiles, recipes, production photos, videos and grassroots events will support the TV broadcast.

For more information, go to Food Forward on PBS. Check local PBS TV listings for air-times in other parts of the country as the show will be airing in most of the country.

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