Rebecca Hosking’s film –A Farm for the Future– exposes the energy crisis lurking behind industrial food and farming – fossil fuels are running out and our food production systems have to change fast. Shown as part of the BBC Natural World series, Rebecca faces up to the inconvenient truth that her family’s farm needs to take a new direction. She explores the reliance on oil by industrial farming and looks at the viable alternative, a more ecological agriculture.
Unmissable and available now on BBC iPlayer.
Graham Harvey, award-winning author of The Carbon Fields, praised Rebecca Hosking’s A Farm for the Future.
“What pleased me most is that it had identified the need for farming to adopt an ecological paradigm rather than its present industrial one. At the moment global food production is based on setting up unnatural conditions – vast monocultures, straight drills, low biodiversity etc – a situation that makes huge chemical intervention essential. It’s a ludicrous, dangerous and outdated way to produce food based on 19th century science. It survives because a) in modern western societies we are effectively kept in ignorance of reality, and b) because we’re constantly lied to with the claim that only industrial agriculture can feed a growing world population.”