Just taking a look at the facts from the film In Our Hands is enough to put a chill in anyone’s hot dinner. There’s a screening of the documentary, which aims to bust the myths while look to the future of the food industry, at Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix, followed by what promises to be a massively informative Q&A. (There’s also a screening on May 8 at Plymouth Radical Cinema.)
“In one’s lifetime one might need a solicitor once or twice, a doctor possibly once a month, but a farmer you need three times a day,” says Gerald, the affable seventh generation farmer, and active anti-GM organiser, according to the review on Indie Farmer.
With that in mind, you do wonder how the food industry got into such a state.
“Food and farming is in crisis. In just over a decade we’ve lost more than 33,000 farms from our countryside, and alongside this, bad diet is now causing more health problems than smoking! The fundamental link between people, food and the very land we stand on is being broken,” says the blurb. But you needn’t be too pessimistic, there is Brexit afterall…
… and it need not be this way.
In Our Hands ‘is the story of a new kind of farm, a new kind of food and a new kind of society’.
The film follows the ‘growing movement of farmers and food workers who are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets and a fairer food system for all’.
Included in the film, are Grown in Totnes, who attempt to set a standard for ‘local’, and the Peasant Evolution Producers’ Co-Operative (PEPC) – a collective of small-scale producers in West Dorset, South Somerset and East Devon who have joined together to help each other make a viable living off the land.
There are plenty more, and plenty more reasons to be optimistic.
‘This film has been created as an open source tool in order to debunk the myth of the industrial food system, and be a resource for farmers and activists in building a better world.’
In Our Hands was made by Black Bark Films, who ‘look to create connections, using film as a medium to evoke authentic, meaningful conversation’ along with The Landworkers’ Alliance, ‘an organisation of people making their livelihoods from producing food, fuel and fibre using sustainable methods of production’.
There will be a Q&A with Ed Hamer from the Landworkers Alliance and founder of Chagfood Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), filmmakers Holly Black and Jo Barker, and Martyn Bragg from Shillingford Organics in Exeter.
In Our Hands – screening plus Q&A
Studio 74, Exeter Phoenix
Wednesday, April 11 at 7.30pm
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In Our Hands
Plymouth Radical Cinema
Stonehouse lecture theatre, Portland Square building of Plymouth University
Tuesday, 8 May at 7.30pm
Details (donations on the door)