A recommended film: ‘Best Before: The London Future Revolution‘ about the unsustainability and corporate control of the food system, and inspirational alternative food sources and projects in London.
“We started from the viewpoint that food is more than a commodity, it is vital to our wellbeing and our health, and it is something that links us to our environment and our communities.
“In the current food production system, food is mostly controlled by corporate power and centralised distribution. This means that we do not have command over the food we eat, we often do not know where it comes from or who produces it. Farmers are pushed by the imperative of competitiveness to produce on a large scale, implementing industrial techniques that result in environmental damage and depletion of the soil. The issues we face in the UK are facing countries around the world, and these very issues are intimately connected to the ongoing crisis of hunger in the developing world, to devastated agricultural systems in poorer countries and food dependency.
“Best Before, aims at showing how ensuring a fairer, sustainable food system, where people throughout the world have access to healthy food, requires reforming the way we produce, distribute and consume food in the UK- a country at the heart of this unjust and unsustainable food system.
“London is the perfect showcase for such a system: a handful of supermarkets dominate the food system, an incredible amount of food is wasted everyday, and fresh, healthy food has become the privilege of the wealthy, while those worse off have only access to low quality, fatty and sugar-rich food. But London is also the city in which community organisations are shaping alternatives.
“Best Before tries to depict a picture of these realities, from city farms to consumer co-operatives, farmers’ markets, community kitchens and many creative ways in which communities around the city create synergies to reduce dependency on the corporate food system, and produce, distribute and consume food in a sustainable, ecological, and socially just way.
“If you think your projects, the garden or allotment that you grow on, or your ideas, are working in this sense, get in touch! Bestbeforedoc@gmail.com ”