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In Our Hands – feature documentary “The seeds of a better food system”

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The seeds of a better food system.

In Our Hands explores a quiet revolution that is transforming the way our food is produced and distributed. Our current industrial food system is a vast and wheezing giant that is only upheld by a stilted subsidy regime that pays out to landowners and leaves many farmers by the wayside.

But from the hedge-rows and by-roads, the fields and furrows can now be heard the stirring of change! Stories from the global South have inspired farmers and food workers in our snug little island, with the idea of food sovereignty and a global movement to take back control of the food system.

From the grazier reviving the art of pasture, to the grower erecting a poly-tunnel in the heart of East London or the farmer saving a handful of ancient grain, a new agricultural landscape is emerging. Here rural traditions meet modern innovations in a new food system that will bring back life to the soil, a fair wage to the farmer and a flavour to the tomato!

Throughout the tumultuous summer of the Brexit referendum the Landworkers’ Alliance joined forces with two film-makers, to unearth the farms and faces that are making this change happen.

We stand on the brink, the future is uncertain, but the seeds of a better food system are In Our Hands!

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Producer – Humphrey Lloyd
Producer – Holly Black
Director – Jo Barker
Director – Sylvie Planel
Editor – Jo Barker
Camera – Jason Brooks
Additional Camera – Nick Street
Additional Camera – Matthias Ashford
Illustrations – Rosanna Morris
Animator – Tashina Alam
Grade – Jason Brooks
Original Score – Ben Osborn
Sound Mix and Design – Gary Fawle
Archive – Shutterstock
Archive – La Via Campesina
Archive – The Landworkers’ Alliance