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18 Jun09: A Farm For The Future

Come and join us to see

A Farm For The Future

A truly inspirational film for anyone interested in food security, Transition or sustainability, surprisingly personal and moving.

Presenter Rebecca Hosking explores the importance of oil in farming and the potential impact of Peak Oil. It seems certain that present methods cannot go on feeding Britain as they are highly dependent on fossil-fuel. The film concentrates on the necessity to find a new way to feed the nation.

The Transition Movement aims to alleviate the effects of Climate Change, Peak Oil and other self-inflicted crises by helping local groups to build sustainable and resilient communities, able to supply much of their own local food and services, local energy, and rediscover the spirit of mutual support.

Transition is coming to Bude.
Come and be part of it!

Date: Thursday 18 June, 7:30pm
Venue: Bude Methodist Church, Ergue Gaberic Way, Bude
Free Entry, suggested contribution £2/person

Free discussion afterwards and an oportunity to get involved in Transition Bude
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'Now my farm will help teach the world to live without oil, says woman who banished plastic bags from her town

I was under no illusion that being a farmer would be easy, but last year's fuel crisis, with oil prices continually rising, was a wake-up call for me. Our costs went through the roof - animal feed, diesel for the tractors, agricultural contractor bills - but the biggest rise was in the price of fertiliser. We use very little chemical fertiliser, but many farms were driven to bankruptcy. With this in mind, I decided to make one last BBC documentary to find out if, and how, modern farming could survive the 21st Century.

By seeking advice from experts, pioneer farmers and growers, I heard plenty of dispiriting news, but also discovered how nature holds the key to farming in a low-energy future. All farms, even organic ones, run on fossil fuel, particularly oil. It powers the machinery and is used to create the fertilisers and pesticides on which modern agriculture is so dependent.

Now that the price of oil has collapsed, the temptation is to think the crisis is over. But, as Toyota Motor Sales USA said recently, 'it was a brief glimpse of our future'. Worrying words from the world's biggest car company. It was a reference to 'peak oil' - the point when the maximum rate of global oil extraction is reached, after which the rate of production enters terminal decline . . . '

To be followed by discussion of how Transition can best work in the Bude area.

For further details email Paul@TransitionNC.org.