A Farm for the Future (must-see)

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49:47 – Mar 7, 2009

Wildlife film maker Rebecca Hosking investigates how to transform her family’s farm in Devon into a low energy farm for the future, and discovers that nature holds the key. With her father close to retirement, Rebecca returns to her family’s wildlife-friendly farm in Devon, to become the next generation to farm the land. But last year’s high fuel prices were a wake-up call for Rebecca. Realising that all food production in the UK is completely dependent on abundant cheap fossil fuel, particularly oil, she sets out to discover just how secure this oil supply is. Alarmed by the answers, she explores ways of farming without using fossil fuel. With the help of pioneering farmers and growers, Rebecca learns that it is actually nature that holds the key to farming in a low-energy future.

on Aug 17, 2011

Natural World: Farm for the Future

BBC documentary on the prescient global farming and food crisis, filmed in the UK.

Topics covered are the influence of oil on the food production, peak-oil, food security, carbon emissions, sustainability and permaculture.


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33 thoughts on “A Farm for the Future (must-see)

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  13. Really interesting w/ lots of great info. I think this type of permaculture would be realistic in terms of being able to feed a large number of people and avoid fossil fuels if the livestock were taken out of the equation. We don’t really need meat and dairy to survive and be healthy. The farmer at the end of the video mentions the importance of growing various kinds of nuts – nuts can easily replace dairy in that they can be made into milks and cheeses. Raising livestock takes up a great deal of land and other resources, too much in fact to ever be sustainable in any system, “conventional” or otherwise, particularly on the large-scale required to feed billions of people.

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  24. Many thanks Rebecca for a thought provoking film. I have watched it 4 times and i am still finding idea’s for my own garden, most of my flower bed’s are now given over to veg, cheers Dave NE

  25. Thanks Lo! Great post as always! You are a budding Permmie. My little farms in the hood are taking shape. Day off, snow today, yuck!

    Happy Gardening!

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