review of rebecca’s wild farm

rebeccas-wild-farm• 2014-02-05–tvo showed rebecca’s wild farm (also known as the future of farming): ‘Wildlife filmmaker Rebecca Hosking takes over the family farm, a haven of biodiversity carefully preserved by her father. Larger, high-yield farms [though, paradoxically, the yield can be as high or higher on smaller farms] rely heavily on fossil fuels to power machines, create pesticides and fertilizers and distribute food. But with oil prices on the rise, could the farm of the past be the farm of the future?’ the documentary (about fifty minutes, which you can watch here) ‘is excellently researched and well-presented’, writes jessica crabtree. it presents ‘practical, ingenious solutions from forward-thinking problem solvers. As a bonus, the cinematography,’ she adds, ‘is breathtaking. I strongly urge you to see this film–you will never think of the food you eat, our environment, or our modern lifestyle in the same way again.’ This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. Subject to disclaimers.from the film i learned the difference between farming and gardening; that smaller can be more beautiful because it allows greater attention to detail; that tilling, which is ‘what farmers do’ and have done for millennia, actually is unnatural, exposing living things in the earth to sunlight and eventually killing them and making the earth infertile; about permaculture solutions such as forest gardening (pictured–based on ‘probably the world’s oldest form of land use and most resilient agroecosystem’); that because current farming and supermarkets (and everything connected to them, which is pretty well everything) are unsustainable–we won’t be farming or shopping this way in a hundred years–we might want to find solutions today; that biodiversity is more than a pretty thing, it is absolutely vital.

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