A new farming documentary launches on 5 January 2023 at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, taking a ‘behind the headlines’ look at the claims around the climate impact of livestock farming – and what this means for Cornwall. Food for Thought – the latest film from charity Cornwall Climate Care – is presented by organic farmer Lisa Guy, who farms a herd of beef cattle near Land’s End, Cornwall.
In the film, Lisa looks at the more nuanced picture of whether pasture-fed Cornish animals have the same climate impact as intensively reared cattle, fed on soya grown in what might recently have been Amazonian rainforest.
The film also looks in-depth at local initiatives to reduce livestock-related emissions, such as satellite systems expertise being used to convert gases from cattle waste into a green fuel and an experimental dairy unit using novel feeds including spent brewing grains and broken biscuits – as well as the regenerative livestock techniques that could play an important role in fighting climate change by maintaining the health of the soil, one of the world’s largest carbon sinks.
Cornwall’s Climate Stories is a series of 12 documentaries being produced over the next few years, looking at various issues around climate change right here in Cornwall – how it is going to impact us and the inspiring stories of what local people are doing to address these challenges. A follow-up film, Hungry for Change, coming in the Spring, will look more closely at issues such as food waste, food miles, and what Cornwall could do to produce much more of its own food. In some venues, screening alongside Food for Thought is the recent film Down the Drain (in association with Cornwall Catchment Partnership) which delves deeply into issues around climate change and Cornwall’s freshwater.
SCREENING DATES AND TICKET LINKS:
There is just a £1 charge to cover ticketing fees, however, Cornwall Climate Care relies heavily on donations to make their films, so if you are able to pay more that would be much appreciated. (Suggested donation £5)
January 8 – Calstock Arts (8pm) – tickets on the door
January 12 – St Ives Arts Club (6pm). This is a screening of both ‘Food for Thought’ and our last film ‘Down the Drain’. There will be a food waste supper and local wine bar.
Tickets on the door or here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/487523404627
January 14 – Truro Plaza Cinema (5pm). This is a screening of both ‘Food for Thought’ and our last film ‘Down the Drain’. Event kindly supported by the Cornwall Catchment Partnership.
Tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/487548519747
January 22 – Maker-with-Rame Community Hall, Kingsand (7pm).
Tickets on the door or here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/483829726737
January 26 – Wadebridge Town Hall
This is a free evening screening as part of the WREN NZCom Your Energy Transition live event, which is running all day.
We will be showing both ‘Food for Thought’ and our last film ‘Down the Drain’. Event kindly supported by the Cornwall Catchment Partnership.