Although industrial agriculture ensures our nutrition and has made vegetables, fruits and meat cheaper, we are becoming increasingly aware of their consequences: the drinking water is contaminated with nitrate, the insects die, the soils leach out. Therefore, not only environmentalists, but also the farmers themselves see that it can’t go on like this. For one year, the film accompanies farmers looking for alternatives to industrial agriculture and asks which role the consumers and the subsidies of the EU play if a turnaround in agriculture is to succeed.
Is it possible to stop the current agricultural system, avoid environmental damage and at the same time produce more food for a growing population? I was skeptical when I started to deal with the question of an agricultural turnaround. So I started the research talking to farmers and scientists. The deeper I got into the topic the more I was shocked and touched by the fact that many farmers are in a hopeless situation. Because currently they often don't have a choice keeping their farms in business and at the same time providing enough outcome for their families. In that situation saving the environment is not an easy option. These farmers would benefit from a different agricultural system. Working on the film was my research for solutions, which include the small-scale agriculture, consumer and environment. Many positive answers are already out there - permaculture or solidarity agriculture are just two of them. I wanted to show that a turnaround in agriculture is possible, when all the forces of politics, consumers and agriculture work together.
Why we selected this film
Looking at the state of agriculture in Europe nowadays, this film shows us that all the solutions are known and that results are encouraging provided one accepts to take certain risks. Taking into consideration the three main pillars – farmers, consumers and politicians – this film summarises the situation thoroughly and calls for a change in paradigm.
Act right away
Choose foods that come from sustainable agriculture (certified with an organic farming label, for instance). The increase in organic farming helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This form of activity forbids, amongst other things, the use of synthetic products such as pesticides and nitrogen fertilisers as well as GMOs.
Take things further
The IPCC Report published in August 2019 confirms that: land usage and agriculture cause 23% of the planet’s greenhouse gas emissions. To face climate crisis, we must protect and restor out forests as well as radically change the world food system which produces meat in industrial quantities.
Join an action group
I join a Greenpeace local group somewhere near me (in France).
I join the WeGreen social network for those wishing to act in favour of the environment, to take part in actions happening near me and to meet people who are active in areas that I am interested in (in France).
I don't live in France: I find a Greenpeace office near me.