The Happy Poet

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Environmental Film Profiles (videos)

Gordon, Paul. The Happy Poet. Austin: St. Chris Film, 2010. HD, 85 min.

The Happy Poet is an all-organic, mostly vegetarian comedy about Bill, a struggling poet who pours his heart, soul, and last few dollars into starting a healthy food stand, surprising friends and customers with his dry wit and offbeat passion. Motivated by help from a rag-tag group of supporters and a budding romance with a poetry-loving customer, Bill strives to make a difference in the world, until surprising complications jeopardize his new friendships and threaten Bill’s dreams for a hot dog-free future. The Happy Poet cleverly re-works the classic American film story of the underdog struggling against the system, adding a dose of deadpan humor and a fresh take on a young generation’s interest in the intersection of a social conscience and the food we eat. (Source: Official Film Website)

© 2010 Cinema Libre Films.Trailer used with permission.

This film is available at the Rachel Carson Center Library (RCC, 4th floor, Leopoldstrasse 11a, 80802 Munich) for on-site viewing only. For more information, please contact

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Further readings: 
  • Fox, Nick, and Katie J. Ward. "You Are What You Eat? Vegetarianism, Health and Identity." Social Science & Medicine 66, no. 12 (2008): 2585–95.
  • Heckman, J. “A History of Organic Farming: Transitions from Sir Albert Howard's War in the Soil to USDA National Organic Program.” Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 21, no. 3 (2006): 143–50.
  • Newman, Benjamin J., and John V. Kane. "Backlash against the 'Big Box': Local Small Business and Public Opinion toward Business Corporations." Public Opin Q 78, no. 4 (2014): 984–1002.
  • Pimbert, Michel, Rachel Shindelar, and Hanna Schösler, eds. "Think Global, Eat Local: Exploring Foodways." Special issue, RCC Perspectives 1 (2015).
  • Seyfang, Gill. "Cultivating Carrots and Community: Local Organic Food and Sustainable Consumption." Environmental Values 16, no. 1 (2007): 105–23. doi:10.3197/096327107780160346.
  • Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2001.