'A Farm For the Future' - the full length film on peak oil, farming & permaculture

Rebecca Hosking & Tim Green
Monday, 14th May 2012

In 2009, Rebecca Hosking and Tim Green made an hour long TV programme for BBC2 called 'A Farm For the Future' exploring how peak oil will effect farming and food distribution and why permaculture design, forest gardening and other regenerative agriculture practices could help us to cope with soaring fossil fuel prices that drive current agriculture practices which relies on fertlisers, mechanisation and distribution by transitioning to organic practices, diversifying yields and relocalising food supply. Millions of people watched the first screening – so much so that the BBC rescreened the film within weeks. There were countless requests for the BBC to release a DVD of the film from all over the world but sadly they declined to do so. We are therefore posting this version of what has become a turning point for permaculture in the mainstream media.

With thanks to Tim and Rebecca for making this film and the BBC Natural History Unit in Bristol for commissioning it. What is certain is that we need more films like this and more support for the innovative and talented film makers who make them.

Rebecca and Tim write regular blogs about their research and experiments with permaculture and other regenerative agriculture techniques on the farm. CLICK HERE!

Sandy Duncan |
June 7, 2012 - 11:41am

I take issue with this quote: "... in an ideal world, a bit of government leadership." In a workable world no government leadership can be tolerated. Government screws up everything it touches. It crushes individual innovation and substitutes bureaucratic bungling without accountability. This is the inevitable result of concentration of power, i.e., government. The only power that creates life is the voluntary interaction of independent minds. Political power is the opposite.

Everything good is the result of voluntary interaction. It is the foundation of civilization. All the present crises are the result of central (government) planning. Government is a decease masquerading as a cure.

Tee Burton |
June 29, 2012 - 5:26pm

I completely agree with the comment that government bungles individual innovation and substitutes bureaucratic bungling without accountability and that the only power that creates life is the voluntary interaction of independent minds. Thank you, I'm not that articulate.

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