Julia Iannucci recently presented a screening of the award-winning documentary “Food, Inc.” as part of her Girl Scout Gold Award.

The workshop-style event included a roundtable discussion with local agricultural experts.

Approximately 30-plus people attended the program held at Promisek at Three Rivers in Bridgewater.

Julia’s father, Don, opened the workshop with information about Promisek and a quote about the environment by Pope Francis.

Julia shared her experiences working toward the Gold Award and welcomed guests.

“I believe that this movie does a great job of covering the many concerns related to our food supply,” she said.

“It is my hope that by sharing this film with you we can all become more aware of these issues, discuss them together,” she said.

Julia quoted Pope Francis: "Our goal is not to amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening in the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it."

The film was screened in three segments, giving guests time to discuss the movie by Michael Pollan.

Topics discussed include food chains and the fast food market; the use of antibiotics and immunity to animals and farmers; control of the small farmers and putting them into debt by demanding costly upgrades to equipment or they lose their contracts; how much of the land in the U.S. is used to grow corn; corn subsidies; the issue of E.coli from cattle diets and living conditions; government corruption and lobbyist; the cost of food for low-income families and how to make good choices.

A luncheon featuring foods grown by local farmers followed.

Jon Lindblom and Deb and Bill Stuart Jr. spoke about what they are doing at a local level, and Julia’s mom, Jen, talked about her work with compost and its relation to the themes of the workshop.

As a special treat, Mother Noella from the Abbey in Bethlehem, delivered a personal note to Julia from Pollan, who wished her well with her Gold Award.