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Planet Local: A 7-Part Film Series about the Regenerative Food Movement

By Local Futures / localfutures.org
Aug 12, 2019
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Planet Local: A 7-Part Film Series about the Regenerative Food Movement
Image credit: Local Is Our Future by Helena Norberg-Hodge. Title by Films For Action.

Good food is key to our survival and well-being. Eating local food is a powerful solution-multiplier — it reduces our carbon footprint, pollution, and waste, while creating dignified livelihood opportunities, strengthening communities and local economies, and strengthening our bodies with healthy fresh food in the process.

Over the course of seven weeks throughout February and March 2019, we compiled this collection of free-to-view short films that feature local food and farming projects around the world — with a particular focus on projects started by young people. The series is now finished and you can view all the films at the links below.

We want to say a big thank you to all the farmers featured in these films and to the filmmakers who brought their stories to life!

We encourage you to use these films to engage your local community around food and farming! Organize film screenings and discussion parties. Have your friends bring their favorite local food dishes. Use the short films along with a feature film from our list of Films for Change, or as an introduction to the Local Futures documentary, The Economics of Happiness.

 

Planet Local Short Film Series - Part 1: Intro to the New Food Movement
56 min · Every person on earth needs food every day. Every day food is tended, harvested, transported, stored, and served up on our tables. In a very real sense, food cannot be separated from life itself. And so it has been said that changing...
Planet Local Short Film Series - Part 2: Diverse Farming Systems
63 min · ‘Use and value diversity’ is one of the ten core principles of permaculture — for good reason. Studies have shown that small, diversified farms can yield more than twice as much food per acre when compared to large monocultures. Crop...
Planet Local Short Film Series - Part 3: Local Food Webs, Exploring Systems of Distribution
53 min · When it comes to helping people and planet, the way we grow our food is important. But building a healthy “food web” — healthy connections between producers, retailers and consumers — is also key.
Planet Local Short Film Series - Part 4: Local Food Processors AKA Making Delicious Food
58 min · These days, it can be difficult to find processed foods that aren’t made by mega-corporations; foods that aren’t full of added sugars, genetically modified corn, and chemicals we would rather not put in our bodies; foods that weren’t...
Planet Local Short Film Series - Part 5: Challenges & Solutions
83 min · Small farms around the world may be thriving, but farmers, particularly those just starting out, face a lot of challenges. Accessing affordable land is a BIG one, along with finding start-up capital, and competing with traditional...
Planet Local Short Film Series - Part 6: Ecovillages & Networks for New Farmers
45 min · For young people not raised on the land, getting into farming can seem daunting. Even for people who have worked on farms before, it is easy to feel isolated and overwhelmed when it comes to starting a farm of one’s own.
Planet Local Short Film Series - Part 7: A Little More Inspiration
36 min · As we’ve seen, the food system is broken.

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