FEEDING CITIES – A CHALLENGE FOR THE FUTURE

It is predicted that by 2050 three quarters of the world population will be living in cities. How can all these urban dwellers be supplied with food? Learn more about the global struggle for future food markets.

Where will we grow our food in the future? In the countryside, on the flat roofs of industrial buildings, in communal city gardens or in gigantic industrial zones just outside the city, where greenhouses will stand next to mass animal husbandry stalls? And what consequences will this have for rural areas and for the slums of cities? The film is set in Berlin, Amsterdam, Basel and in the Indian megacities of Bangalore and Chennai. As we trace tomorrow’s food supply, we encounter idealists, visionaries, controversial figures and cool-headed businessmen. The film focuses on the clash of fundamentally different philosophies: Should food production follow the masses into the cities? Should our meat consumption continue to increase? Or should we change the way we eat and give renewed strength to rural economic circuits? Or is it already much too late for that?

Genre Current Affairs
Length 52’ HD
Film by Irja Martens
Production fechnerMEDIA for SR/ARTE, 2013
Original Title Wie wird die Stadt satt? Der Kampf um die Nahrungsmärkte der Zukunft / Nourrir les villes – un enjeu pour demain
Year 2013

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It is predicted that by 2050 three quarters of the world population will be living in cities. How can all these urban dwellers be supplied with food? Learn more about the global struggle for future food markets.

Where will we grow our food in the future? In the countryside, on the flat roofs of industrial buildings, in communal city gardens or in gigantic industrial zones just outside the city, where greenhouses will stand next to mass animal husbandry stalls? And what consequences will this have for rural areas and for the slums of cities? The film is set in Berlin, Amsterdam, Basel and in the Indian megacities of Bangalore and Chennai. As we trace tomorrow’s food supply, we encounter idealists, visionaries, controversial figures and cool-headed businessmen. The film focuses on the clash of fundamentally different philosophies: Should food production follow the masses into the cities? Should our meat consumption continue to increase? Or should we change the way we eat and give renewed strength to rural economic circuits? Or is it already much too late for that?

Current Affairs
Length 52’ HD
Film by Irja Martens
Production fechnerMEDIA for SR/ARTE, 2013
Original title Wie wird die Stadt satt? Der Kampf um die Nahrungsmärkte der Zukunft / Nourrir les villes – un enjeu pour demain.