Future Food USA - 'Big or Small?'

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A series of 6 x 25-min films exploring key questions around global food security

In discussions of feeding the planet, many now argue for a new way of thinking about food technology, food policy and food science. Since the days of the “Green Revolution”, which promised enough food for all but which ultimately reduced crop varieties, created a dependency on fossil fuels and depleted the land, studies have shown that “agroecology” – the application of ecological principles to the production of food – could double food production in the next 10 years sustainably. But can low-yield sustainable farming methods feed 9.5 billion people by 2050? Without GM crops or synthetic fertilizers, can farmers increase food production by 70 percent?

In Big or Small?, Future Food travels to the American mid-west to meet Vietnam veteren and farmer, Ron Meyer. When he isn’t farming his 400 acres and 40 cattle, he is battling big agribusiness, which is squeezing small farmers out of the Nebraska Plains. Ron fears that if the small farms disappear, so will the diversity of food and consumer choice along with it. So is industrial farming, with its economies of scale, the only way to feed the world, or can the small-scale farmer offer a feasible alternative?