Written by Bob Shepard

Birmingham is known for its culinary excellence and diversity. Many of the city’s top chefs are embracing the local food movement — eating locally produced food in season. Proponents suggest it is a healthier way to eat while also supporting the local economy.

In March, UAB hosted a screening of a documentary film called “Eating Alabama.” Produced by local filmmaker Andrew Beck Grace, the film follows Grace’s and his wife’s efforts to eat locally for one year. Subtitled “A story of why food matters,” the film touches on the role food plays in our modern society.

In this video, Beth Kitchin, Ph.D., R.D., an assistant professor in the UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences, talks to Grace about the film, and offers some of her own thoughts about food, relationships and eating locally.