282 votes

Director: Pierre Fromentin

Production: Association Agro & Sac à Dos, France, 2015

Français, anglais 55mn

Family farming employs over 40% of the global working population and produces 80% of the global food supply.

In Europe, America, Africa ou Asia, family farming is all around us and is composed by a great diversity of farming systems.

The film aims to show that diversity, and to define what family farming is and is not.

The spectator will travel in several countries: in Ecuador, India, Cameroon, France and Canada. Throughout interviews of farmers, reseachers and students, the spectator will discover the diversity and the reality of family farmin,g which feed the world.

This trip is also about family farming and employment, food safety and environnement.

This film aims to answer to this question : under which conditions can family farmers meet the challenges of tomorrow?

Director's statement

The project began in 2014 in the agronomic school of Montpellier. The idea was to describe the diversity of family farming in the world throughout our internships.

The goal changed with the International Year of Family Farming, we wanted to answer to this question : what exaclty is family farming and under which conditions can family farmers meet the challenges of tomorrow?

In the end, we tried to describe more precisely peasant agriculture.

Pierre Fromentin


Buy green energy

Depending on your region, you may have the option to purchase green energy. 
This can be an important choice for the environment, as standard fossil fuel generated energy emits large amounts of greenhouse gases. 
Nuclear power, on the other hand, creates highly toxic waste. 
Wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, on the other hand, involve significantly less CO2 emissions. Photovoltaic panels, for example, can pay off their CO2 costs in green electricity generated in just three years.

(Fr) Sources et liens utiles

Sorry, this entry is only available in French.


We generate about 300 million tons of plastics a year and we estimate that 8 to 12 million tons end up in our oceans – the equivalent of a garbage truck every minute…

So let’s remember to recycle, refuse products with too much packaging and the ones with microbeads or even pick up trash on the beach.



Consuming less dairy, eggs and meat

Greenpeace recommends a maximum of 12kg of meat issued from eco-friendly breeding farms per year and per person (so, about 230g a week) and 26kg of milk per year and per person (or 1/2L per week).

It’s up to each to switch to a vegan or a vegetarian diet of course, which allows to contribute even more to the collective effort to reduce the consumption of animal products.

Fast fashion

We now have “throwaway fashion”: we buy and throw away garments faster than the planet can absorb.

Within the framework of its “Detox” campaign aiming at fighting the use of toxic chemicals in the textile industry, Greenpeace has published several studies, which denounce the impact of this field on the environment: considerable consumption of energy and drinking water, pesticides to grow cotton, river and farmland pollution, greenhouse gases emissions and some of the world’s most remote areas contamination.


Let’s not forget inhumane work conditions imposed upon textile industry workers, especially in the developing countries.

So, we have to revise our way to “consume” clothes, buy less but of better quality, recycle, trade…



Reduce our electronics waste

Our smartphones, from the moment they are made to when they end up in a mountain of other discarded electronics are a true burden on the environment.

You have no idea how many dangerous chemicals come into the making of your smartphone. For instance, such carcinogenic substances as benzene and n-hexane as well as other just as dangerous substances so, instead of buying the latest model of smartphone that just came on the market, let’s try to keep our smartphones and other appliances longer, or have them fixed.


On a picnic

When going on a picnic, bring along airtight containers for food, flasks and everyday hardware cutlery.

That way there is less rubbish left over at the end of the picnic, which of course will be thrown in the nearest bin, or even better taken home for separating and disposal.

Eat seasonal products

When buying seasonal fruits and vegetables that were not greenhouse-raised, you help in diminishing the energy used in growing them, therefore you’re helping to lessen the impact of farming on the climate.


Download the Greenpeace seasonal fruit, vegetable and cereal calendar:


Limit your exposure to formaldehyde

Wood furniture kits, chipboard wood and some glues may contain formaldehyde, a toxic chemical that should be avoided at all costs.
Make sure you know what kind of materials a product contains before purchasing and whether its best to ventilate the room for a few days after installation.

Buy green energy

Depending on your region, you may have the option to purchase green energy.
This can be an important choice for the environment, as standard fossil fuel generated energy emits large amounts of greenhouse gases.
Nuclear power, on the other hand, creates highly toxic waste.
Wind turbines and photovoltaic panels, on the other hand, involve significantly less CO2 emissions. Photovoltaic panels, for example, can pay off their CO2 costs in green electricity generated in just three years.

Heat loss

Insulating your home stabilizes your indoor temperature and protects you from outdoor temperature changes. It also reduces the need for heating and thereby reduces your enegy costs.
Investing in the energy efficiency of your home can help you reduce your energy costs by as much as 40%.
In adjoining buildings, heat generally escapes through the roof first, then through windows, walls and floors. Make insultaing your roof a priority.

Limit your purchase of electronics

If you're really serious about reducing your CO2 footprint, this is the way to do it. Electronics make up 62% of the greenhouse gas emissions that result from our purchasing habits.
Why is this?
To manufacture just one 2 g computer chip, you need 1,7 kg of fossil fuel, 1 m3 of nitrogen, 72 g of chemicals, and 32 litres of water. For a 750 kg car, you need 1,5 tonnes of fossil fuel—two times the weight of the final product.
For aluminum cans, it's about 4-5 times the weight; it's 6000 times the weight of the 2 g computer chip.

Carpooling: It's better together

If you travel to the same place most days, you're likely to find someone else traveling a similar route. Riding with others reduces the number of cars on the road and allows you to share costs: that's carpooling.
Some businesses post announcements for those seeking a carpool. Maybe could you ask your employer to initiate this service in your company ?
Certain websites allow you to search for a carpool or offer your own ride to others and increase the efficiency of your vehicle.

Choose the train for long distances

An airplane requires six times as much energy as a train for the same distance. A roundtrip flight from Paris to Zurich, for example, emits 300 kg of CO2 per person, compared with only 48 kg of CO2 per person for the same round trip via train.
About 40% of flights travel less than 800 km, which means a distance that would be more efficiently covered by high speed train. The train is also more likely to land you in the center of a city.

Walk more

In the city, many people use cars to travel just 3km or less. These short trips have a big impact, as the 1st km can use 80% more fuel than the average km traveled – for the 2nd km, it's 50% more.
Using a car for short distances is expensive and polluting. Choose a nonmotorized alternative.

Diminishing traditional resources

Traditional energy sources (oil, gas, uranium, carbon) are running out.
These sources aren't renewable, and their reserves are diminishing faster and faster: global consumption has increased by 75% in the past 30 years and doesn't show signs of slowing.
If we don't change our habits, we will surpass our planet's capacity for supplying traditional energy sources in the near future.

Use renewable sources

Once your home is well-insulated and well-equipped, you can go even further by using renewable energy sources – at no cost!
Solar power can heat up to 60% of your daily hot water use or provide 40% of your daily electricity use. You can also capture heat from the soil by using a heat pump.

When you buy imports, choose fair trade

When you can't procure an item locally, choose an import with fair trade origins.

The fair trade label is most often applied to products that you can't produce locally (bananas, chocolate, coffee) and are usually transported by boat, which is less polluting than air travel. The best way to protect the environment, however, is to stick to seasonal, locally produced items.

Ride a bike

Bicycles are economic, quiet, safer for the people around you, faster in the city, and don't pollute or require fossil fuels—plus they're good for your health.

Be wary of promotions

Watch out for "clearance” promotions on fresh foods that might entice you to buy too much . . . and end up throwing most of it away. Certain foods, of course, will last a while in the fridge, but that means you’ll be paying for their keep in energy expenditures. Unless you’re getting something that really will last (jams, preserves), it’s always better to eat fresh foods quickly.

Give your time

• Volunteer with solidarity associations, fair trade activities, or other charitable arenas
• Spread the word on info, news and petitions related to local and international solidarity and how everyone can make a different in their everyday lives
• Work with your school: take charge and build awareness in your school community. You could help your institution become a model for sustainability.
• Take action at work: encourage your employer to choose ecological products from fair trade sources to sell/use/manufacture.
• Make a Facebook group calling on your favorite brand to transition to 100% fair trade
• Write to your preferred brands by posting on their Facebook wall
• Ask your local grocers and storekeepers to offer more fair trade products

Share a vehicule

If you don't need a car everyday, why not share one with a family member, friend or neighbour?
Car sharing can be easy, practical, friendly, and effective.

Adjust settings according to your needs

You can see serious energy savings by adapting your appliances according to your needs.
For example, a hallway doesn't need as strong of lighting as an office or reading room.
Place your living room lighting strategically according to where you are most often seated and in need of light. You can also reduce your energy needs by taking advantage of natural light sources.

Support public transportation

Public transportation can get you anywhere in the city, and has been growing in popularity. Its often faster than a car, less polluting, and avoids the stress of traffic and parking. It also allows you to use your travel time for other occupations, like reading a book or having a conversation.

12 tips for reducing your daily energy consumption

1. Keep your thermostat around 19 or 20C
2. Lower the thermostat to 16C at night or during extended absense
3. Keep your thermostat properly adjusted
4. Turn off the heat during summer or extended absense
5. Defrost your refridgerator and freezer regularly
6. Do your laundry at low temperatures
7. Choose "eco" cycles for washing machines and dishwashers
8. Avoid using a clothes dryer unnecessarily
9. Turn off electronics that aren't in use – avoid standby mode
10. Take a shorter shower
11. Cover the cookware
12. Clean the light fixtures

Buy second-hand

There's nothing like buying second-hand for ensuring the long life of a product.
Many websites allow you to search a plethora of used products that are often still in great shape.

Ban all chemical fertilizers

Many chemical fertilizers contain heavy metals, such as lead, mercury or cadmium. When transmitted through the soil to vegetables, they contaminate the entire food chain. Avoid them at all costs!
Pesticides and insecticides contaminate soil and groundwater via rain runoff.
Their production also consumes large amounts of energy. As these products are dangerous even for the farmers that use them (who risk accidental inhalation or ingestion), their packaging becomes dangerous waste that requires costly and complicated disposal.
There are many natural alternatives.

Favor “Eco-friendly” FSC label wood furniture

The FSC certification is today the most reliable label to guarantee the wood you buy comes from a sustainable management forest. Technically, the label should be seen directly on the wood, it guarantees the chain of transformation has been correctly controlled, from the forest to the finished product, everywhere in the world.

The use of local products will diminish transport, which is a huge energy hog and protect local jobs.

Give your time

• join an animal protection association
• sign internet petitions
• participate in tree planting and reforestation activities with environmental associations

Watch out for palm oil

Palm oil is found as an ingredient in about one out of ten food products sold in Europe (cookies, chocolate, candy, ice cream, sauce, margarine, etc.) It takes 17 m2 of palm plantation to satisfy the annual demand of one French person.
But this crop is responsible for 90% of the deforestation occurring in Malaysia. In Borneo, it has caused the destruction of 1/3 of native forests in 20 years, resulting in significant losses of unique species of both plant and animal. One of these is the orangutan, the "men of the forest", who suffer from loss of forest.
From thousands of miles away, our food purchases are determining the fate of this great ape.
Palm crops are also treated with 25 unregulated pesticides, adding further damage to precious habitats.

Water foot print

We also talk of virtual water. This is calculated by taking into account the volumes of water withdrawn or polluted to produce a product (but not its transportation to where it is consumed).
It takes :
- 1,000 liters of water to produce a liter of milk (water consumed by the cow, animal feed and washing);
- 3,920 liters to produce a kilogram of chicken (30 liters to drink and 6,630 liters to grow its feed (cereals and oils);
- 100 liters to produce a kilogram of cotton (mostly for irrigation);
- 15,155 liters of water to produce a kilogram of beef (120 liters to drink, 35 liters for washing and 15,000 liters to produce the feed the animal consumes.

Don't use disposable products

Always choose washable dishes and silverware. Kick your plastic dishware habit. If you don't have enough plates for a large gathering, borrow a few (they are generally washed up for the same price).

Choose eco-friendly foods

(for example products carrying the “organic” label). The more organic farming gains in popularity and volume, the less greenhouse gases we’ll emit. For instance, pesticides, nitrogen based fertilizers and GMOs can’t be used.

To learn more: greenpeace.fr/agriculture-ecologique/

Eat local

Consuming locally produced food reduces the number of intermediaries, shortens highly polluting transportation and contributes greatly to reinforce the economic vitality of our regions.


To learn more: bioetlocalcestlideal.org

Have the Amap (Associations to maintain family farming) reflex

These associations maintain a direct link between farmers and consumers.

By subscribing to Amap, the buyer chooses the frequency and quantity of fruits and vegetables they need/wish, then comes to pick them up on a regular basis at one of the network’s POPs.

To find an Amap close to you: www.reseau-amap.org

Consume less dairy, eggs and meat

Greenpeace recommends a maximum of 12kg of meat issued from eco-friendly breeding farms per year and per person (so, about 230g a week) and 26kg of milk per year and per person (or 1/2L per week). It’s up to each to switch to a vegan or a vegetarian diet of course, which allows to contribute even more to the collective effort to reduce the consumption of animal products.

Avoid excessive packaging

Too many food products are over-packaged in several layers of material that is often disproportionate to the volume of its contents.
Unpacking three shopping bags generate about one shopping bag full of packaging waste . . . all of which will go straight into the rubbish bin.
You also pay for this packaging: in the case of food products, packaging can account for as much as 20% of the item cost!
We also recommend avoiding single-serving products (cookies, yogurt, drinks, etc.)

Think pulses and dried fruits

They bring you good fats, unlike the meat products’ saturated fats and make you feel full faster.


Eat your leftovers

Do you find vegetable which have lost their freshness to be unappetizing? We don't blame you, but that doesn't mean they can't be eaten! Toss them into a soup for added flavor and texture! Try to use all the veggies hiding in the bottom of your fridge for your soup, certain vegetable leavings, and some old cheese. You'll end up with a delectable soup!

Choose your fish carefully

Today, 90% of commercial marine species are overfished or fished at their sustainable limits… Greenpeace isn’t anti-fishing, but for a type of fishing that affects  the least our planet, fishermen and the balance of our oceans.

That is why it is so important that you choose the fish you buy depending on the species (don’t buy threatened species, be aware of reproduction cycles) but also the fishing techniques (forego the fish caught in a destructive manner).


Check out all our detailed recommendations: greenpeace.fr/poissons-consommer-nuire-a-planete/


Christel · Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 06:13 PM

Bsr, Quand on a vu Futur d’espoir avant quel différence abyssale avec ce documentaire. Ces jeunes sensés être l’avenir n’ont pas compris que l’agriculture bovine n’est pas l’avenir. Voir les conditions de vie de ces animaux me font mal au coeur et que dire de la vache qui était sacrée en Inde et dont on invite les agriculteurs à imiter les pays occidentaux. Très déçue par ce docu. Circulons donc!

    Adrien P. · Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    Bonjour Christel,

    Merci pour votre commentaire. Tout d’abord, les auteurs de “Ceux qui Sèment” n’ont pas eu la prétention d’incarner l’avenir, seulement d’essayer de mieux expliciter la notion d’agriculture familiale et de présenter les raisons qui nous font penser (ce qui n’engage que nous!) que ce modèle agro-économique est le plus adapté pour répondre aux défis agricoles et environnementaux.

    De ce fait, l’élevage faisant partie de l’agriculture familiale et il était difficile de ne pas le montrer. A noter que la vache reste sacrée en Inde et que les agriculteurs rencontrés restaient dans une démarche laitière.

    Voir les conditions de vie de ces animaux me font mal au coeur et que dire de la vache qui était sacrée en Inde et dont on invite les agriculteurs à imiter les pays occidentaux. Très déçue par ce docu. Circulons donc!

Bennis · Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 03:46 PM

Ce film a le grand mérite de poser la question fondamentale du modèle de production agricole de demain. Le modèle capitaliste qui épuise nos ressources naturelles et menace fortement l’avenir de l’humanité et de la planète est malheureusement le plus dominant et “écrase” le modèle familial plus humain. L’appel est donc lancé aux organisations internationales et aux pouvoirs publics dans les différents Etats pour inciter à changer nos modes de production et de consommation.

maviel · Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 02:57 PM

n’aime pas ce film

Mia Boutemy · Tuesday August 8th, 2017 at 11:46 PM

Ce film montre que de travailler en famille n’empêche pas l’esprit capitaliste ni la monoculture ni le traitement inhumain des bêtes que l’on parque dans des cages où elles ne peuvent bouger, auxquelles on enlève les cornes et qu’on trait à la chaîne en les ayant sans doute fertilisées manuellement et le plus souvent possible pour qu’elles fassent veau après veau ou portée après portée. Et c’est cela que l’on enseigne à nos étudiants … et c’est cela que l’Inde commence à imiter alors que les vaches y étaient sacrées !

    Adrien P. · Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    Bonjour Mia,

    Effectivement, travailler en famille n’empêche pas de nombreux “excès”. C’est bien pour cela que nous avons choisi de montrer cela dans notre film. Pour voir ce qui est bon dans ce modèle d’AF et ses limites, afin de se poser les bonnes questions pour orienter au mieux notre agriculture dans le futur!

Mireille Urbain · Tuesday August 8th, 2017 at 04:17 PM

Effectivement, l’élevage porcin avec des truies sur caillebotis a de quoi faire tiquer plusieurs d’entre nous, surtout lorsqu’on perçoit une certaine “complaisance” à l’égard de ces éleveurs. Mais le film, dans son ensemble, a le mérite d’attirer l’attention sur les différentes agricultures familiales qui sont assez méconnues des consommateurs. Certes, ma génération l’a vue et l’a vécue, directement ou via les parents et grands parents. Mais ce n’est pas le cas des jeunes citadins des pays industrialisés…sauf s’ils ont beaucoup voyagé et que des parents intelligents n’aient pas limité leur séjour aux lieux touristiques mais en allant au-devant des populations et contrées rurales, voire en vivant chez l’habitant. Ce court-métrage pourrait être projeté dans les écoles primaires et aider à la formation des consommateurs du futur.

    CG Guillaumin · Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 06:35 PM

    j’avoue j’ai bloqué à partir de là (l’élevage porcin)…

FLorrin · Tuesday August 8th, 2017 at 03:40 PM

je souffre tout de même pour les producteurs de lait français (structures familiales) qui n’y arrivent pas… bien qu’ils appliquent les “bonnes consignes” pour la nourriture des vaches…. que dire de ces pauvres truies (françaises), montrées dans le film comme des habitantes de HLM, n’ayant aucun espace pour se mouvoir et séparées de leurs petits ? est-ce que c’est celà qu’on veut promouvoir ?

    Adrien P. · Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Bonjour FLorrin

    Merci pour votre commentaire. Je pense que la suite du film, notamment sa seconde partie, montre que le film ne fait pas l’apologie de cette agriculture mais présente plutôt des formes d’agricultures, familiales également, mais qui nous semble mieux répondre à nos défis agricoles et environnementaux.

    Je répondrais donc à votre question “non, ce n’est pas cela que l’on veut promouvoir”!

LECLERCQ Bruno · Tuesday August 8th, 2017 at 11:21 AM

Quand on voit qu’au mois d’ AOÛT, nous avons déjà utilisé ce que la Planète peut produire sur une année! On est en droit (devoir) de se demander où nous allons!
Le problème, qui existe depuis longtemps, est que les grosses exploitations avalent les petites qui ne peuvent être compétitives.
Il faudrait faire en sorte que chaque agriculteur et éleveur produise et vende pour sa région (local) et après, pour produire et vendre à plus grande échelle (nationale, internationale) que ce soit géré par une coopérative qui leur assurerait un revenu minimum.
Moins de monoculture, plus de diversité!
Nous n’avons pas de Planète de rechange, alors changeons notre mode de consommation!

    Adrien · Thursday August 10th, 2017 at 03:33 PM

    Bonjour Bruno,

    Merci pour votre réponse. C’est l’idée que nous avions de partager avec ce film. Celle qu’un changement doit-être opéré, vers plus d’humain et de local dans l’agriculture.

Denis · Tuesday August 8th, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Pas mal ce petit film ! Moi aussi, j’ai tiqué plusieurs fois, en trouvant le propos naïf, voire complaisant avoir une certaine forme d’agriculture que je réprouve. Mais il faut bien se souvenir que le propos du film est l’analyse des différentes formes d’agriculture familiale et de leur avenir. Ainsi, les bonnes questions sont posées. Et puis, c’est un travail collectif, auquel visiblement de nombreux étudiants ont participé, et ça c’est chouette. Mais ça signifie aussi qu’il ne s’agit pas d’une expertise.
Dernier point intéressant, et non des moindres : les images sont magnifiques !
Donc bravo à toute l’équipe !

    Adrien P. · Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 10:29 PM

    Merci Denis pour ce commentaire.

    Effectivement, ce film n’est pas une expertise mais seulement un point de vu sur la diversité des agricultures familiales et leur avenir.

    lydia FRANCESCHI · Saturday August 12th, 2017 at 10:14 AM

    Ce film est effectivement magnifique et réaliste. Bien sûr qu’il y a des moments où on se sent quelque peu mal à l’aise. Mais ce film montre bien qu’il faut des moyens pour améliorer ce qui peut l’être. Ne nous cachons pas derrière notre petit doigt. Merci.

Fledered · Monday August 7th, 2017 at 10:20 PM

Pour résumer, ce documentaire s’appelle “Ceux qui sèment” mais il se focalise sur l’élevage qui est anti-écologique au possible. Mention spéciale aux éleveurs de porc breton (qui donc, sont complices du désastre des algues vertes) qui sont considérés comme “écolo” parce qu’ils font des économies d’énergie.

Je ne comprends pas pourquoi ce film est présent au Greenpeace Festival.

    Adrien P. · Wednesday August 9th, 2017 at 10:34 PM

    Bonjour Fledered,

    Merci pour votre message.

    Ce film ne se focalise pas uniquement sur l’élevage. On y trouve également des maraîchers, des producteurs de cacao et même de fleurs. Nous avons essayé de présenter un maximum de la diversité de l’AF.

    Notez également que l’idée de la non durabilité et des problématiques du bien-être animal dans les systèmes d’élevage sur caillebotis sont de vrais problèmes. Cependant, aussi critiquable soit-il, ce modèle de production, qui fait partie de l’agriculture familiale était intéressant à montrer pour :

    – Montrer que l’AF n’est pas qu’une petite agriculture de pays pauvres
    – Monntrer que l’AF peut évoluer et s’adapter aux besoins de la société (produire plus après guerre dans ce cas particulier)
    – Montrer que l’AF n’est pas toujours respectueuse de l’environnement et que si le modèle économique nous semble être le meilleur pour répondre aux défis environnementaux, il n’est pas une fin en soit.

    La question qui se pose pour notre société et que nous espérions faire ressortir dans ce film est de savoir comment l’on peut accompagner nos agriculteurs pour faire évoluer ce système qui n’est bon ni pour la planète, ni pour la santé, ni même pour le revenu et l’image des agriculteurs…

    En espérant vous avoir éclairé!

Chagne-Fercoq · Monday August 7th, 2017 at 01:53 PM

Très beau film, qui nous fait voyager au coeur de multiples pays et univers.
Merci beaucoup.

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