WinACC (Winchester Action on Climate Change) is holding a free screening of the new documentary “In Our Hands” on Saturday 3 February to be followed by a discussion led by Iain Stewart from the Landworkers’ Alliance (LWA). The film tells the inspiring story of real life farmers sowing the seeds of a new agricultural landscape.

Our food choices are inevitably linked to our agricultural system. In recent years there has been much focus in the UK on larger scale agricultural practices but this intensive management of agricultural land has also been shown to have a negative environmental impact.

However, across the world agriculture is frequently practised on much smaller, ecological lines resulting in a much reduced environmental impact. Brexit is seen by many smaller-scale farmers, growers and producers as a key opportunity to redefine the UK’s agricultural policy.

The LWA have teamed up with Black Bark Films to explore these issues. The LWA is an organisation of people who make their livelihoods from producing food, fuel and fibre using sustainable methods of production. The documentary looks at the UK food system, highlighting problems with the industrial food system, and presents a way forward for UK farming based on small farms, short supply chains and local control of our food.

WinACC’s Executive Director, Tom Brenan, said: “Our food choices clearly have an impact on our carbon footprint and agriculture currently accounts for 10% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. This documentary highlights how a lower carbon approach is possible. The issue of food is one of a number of themes that WinACC will be focussing on in more detail this year”.

The free event will take place on Saturday 3 February 2018 at 4pm in the John Stripe Lecture Theatre at the University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester SO22 4NR, with discussion from around 5pm. The screening will be part of a climate change multimedia art exhibition organised by the University of Winchester taking place that day from 3pm.

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