The American Midwest produces amazing quantities of grain. Added to the rest of the world's output, there are more than enough calories to go around, yet a billion people are hungry. Today, much of our farms' great bounty is owed to the heavy use of oil, for fertilizer and for mechanical plowing, sowing and harvesting. Yet that model is depleting the soil, and it's vulnerable to oil shocks.
Hungry for Green, by Greensboro filmmaker Matt Barr, examines the interrelation of world hunger, agricultural sustainability and the use of petroleum in farming. It's narrated by former Sen. George McGovern, who crusaded against world hunger throughout his long career while also voting for programs that have contributed to our current energy-intensive, megafarm system. "I really thought I was serving the interest of my constituents, my farmers in South Dakota," he said in a recent interview. "But we may have to take another look." The screening starts at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion. Tickets are $5 ($3 for students).—Marc Maximov