Recommended films and documentaries: food and farming

Episode 460 – The Future of Food

We all know the problems of the modern factory farming system. But, as bad as things are, they’re about to get even worse. New technologies are coming online that threaten to upend our understanding of food altogether. Technologies that could, ultimately, begin altering the human species itself. This is The Future of Food on The Corbett Report.

NITROGEN 2000 – The Dutch Farmers’ Struggle

Nitrogen 2000 is a 45 minute documentary on the Dutch Farmer struggle of 2019-23. 70% of Holland is owned by small cattle farmers and since 2019, the Dutch government has been advocating a 50% forced buy out of their land. This amounts to a nationalization of a third of the territory of Holland. Will this plan play out? Will the farmers be able to resist this encroachment?

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How to Boycott Big Food (2013)

by James Corbett, Jun 15, 2024

FROM 2013: As with every such transition, the move from an industrial food diet to a homegrown, organic one is likely to occur in gradual stages. As people improve their gardening skills and devote more of their time and attention to sourcing healthy, natural foods from local growers and producers, they can slowly but surely eliminate the processed foods from their diets.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva trailer

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva focuses on the people, circumstances and seminal events in Vandana’s life—what shaped her thinking and defined her purpose. It also shows how the battle against multinational agribusiness has become an international struggle between two visions for feeding the world: The first, a multinational corporate model of chemically dependent monoculture that rewards a capitalist imperative of profit and growth. And the other, ‘Earth Democracy, that honors ecology, biodiversity, sustainability and community—what Dr. Shiva demonstrates is the only way forward for the future of food.

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FARMING in the Future: 2050 (A.I. Scarecrows)

Farming robots and artificial intelligence scarecrows, are some of the advanced future technology that will be used for farming and agriculture in the future. And then there is the world of genetic engineering and food engineering – the combining of plant and animal traits, and bio engineering a potato that self peels when cooked.

And this futuristic farming will not be limited to the fields. There will be ocean farms with autonomous fish drone shepherds, and towering bio-dome farms built just outside of cities. Inside cities, there will be a.i. vertical farm skyscrapers, and cyberpunks build their own greenhouses in basements, abandoned buildings, and in camouflaged shipping containers, harvesting mushrooms, insects, and other crops in their micro city farms.

Other topics include: futuristic sci fi deep sea farming projects, new age farming equipment, technology, and techniques such as robots with color recognition cameras used for harvesting ripe crops, and scarecrows using a.i. and lasers to deter pests.