Morgan Spurlock Goes "Off the Grid"

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A recent TreeHugger post on the Dancing Rabbit EcoVillage kicked up a number of thought-provoking reader comments on the pros, cons and idiosyncrasies of cooperative living. Thanks to Morgan Spurlock, the creator and star of Super Size Me, we can get a closer look at life at Dancing Rabbit when the ecovillage plays host to an episode of Thirty Days, Spurlock’s latest assumption-busting media project. The hour-long TV show is set to air July 13th on the FX network.Promo for the show describes the upcoming Off the Grid episode as follows: “two 30-year-old professionals who are friends and typical Americans - ie, ravenous consumers of fossil fuels such as gas and electricity - go "back to the future" and learn to live without the natural resources that will be depleted from our earth in the not-too-distant future. To do this they'll uproot themselves and move to an ‘eco village’ in Missouri to live 100% OFF THE GRID..."

The television series Thirty Days is a thinking person’s reality program that challenges deeply-held beliefs and prejudices among Americans from a range of backgrounds. Previous episodes featured the Spurlocks living on a minimum wage, a straight military man living with a gay roommate in San Francisco, and a southern Christian staying with a Muslim family for thirty days.

Dancing Rabbit has a nice page on their site that describes the ecovillage’s perspective on the show. It appears to have been a good experience for everyone and should offer viewers insight into sustainable practices like organic gardening and biodiesel fuel. They say that their guest’s carnivorous habit was a bit overemphasized, but that it did provide a good platform to discuss the impact of a meat-based diet. Tune in and drop in on July 13th. Thank you to Erica in Los Angeles for the tip!