FEEDING CITIES| 52mins
Director: Irja Martens | Producer: Carl A Fechner
Focus Years: 2013 | Country: Germany
The documentary Feeding Cities â€“ A Challenge for the Future shows 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 takes place in Berlin, Amsterdam, Basel and in the Indian megacities of Bangalore and Chennai. As we follow the trace of tomorrowâ€™s food supply, we encounter idealists, visionaries, controversial figures and coolheaded businessmen. The film centres on the confrontation between fundamentally different philosophies: should food production follow the masses into the cities? Should our meat consumption continue on its seemingly unending rise? 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?