Seeding Change

Food and farming is in crisis. In just over a decade we’ve lost more than 33,000 farms from our countryside, and alongside this, bad diet is now causing more health problems than smoking! The fundamental link between people, food and the very land we stand on is being broken. Yet it need not be this way.

There is a growing movement of farmers and food workers who are creating vibrant farms, living soils, thriving food markets and a fairer food system for all. At the heart of all change lies a story, and In Our Hands is the story of a new kind of farm, a new kind of food and a new kind of society. This film has been created as an open source tool in order to debunk the myth of the industrial food system, and be a resource for farmers and activists in building a better world.

BLACK BARK FILMS and THE LANDWORKERS' ALLIANCE present
"IN OUR HANDS" produced by HUMPHREY LLOYD and HOLLY BLACK
editing JO BARKER camera JASON BROOKS
additional camera NICK STREET and MATTHIAS ASHFORD
illustrations ROSANNA MORRIS animations TASHINA ALAM grading JASON BROOKS original score BEN OSBORN sound mix and design GARY FAWLE
directed by JO BARKER and SYLVIE PLANEL

If the Monsanto/Bayer merger goes ahead, the combined company would control 29% of the global seed market. 
Mother Jones 

In 2013, Monsanto, Dupont and Syngenta controlled 55% of the global seed market.
Financial Times

Dupont, the second largest seed company, controls 21% of the global seed market.
Reuters

Monsanto has filed 175 lawsuits against farmers since 1990.
Susan A Schneider, Food, Farming, and Sustainability, pp. 583-84 (2011), Monsanto , Wikipedia .

70% of the world’s food is produced on small farms.
UNEP

Britain currently imports 85% of its fresh fruit.
Science Policy Research Unit - University of Sussex

80% of the UK’s bread is produced through the industrial Chorley Woods process.
Wikipedia

Landowners receive approximately £250 per hectare for owning their land through the Single Farm Payment. 
The Land Magazine

The UK has 3,500 varieties of apple.
Quadram Institute

8 Supermarkets control 95.8% of grocery retail in the UK.
Kantar Worldpanel

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