'Best Before' – a film about rising food prices and the food revolution fighting against them

Posted by Tom Linden Campaigns Assistant

24th Oct 2012

Get your free tickets and join Oxfam at a screening of 'Best Before', a film about the global food revolution

The film 'Best Before' comes out at a time that is unfortunately topical.  At the start of October the UN warned of a looming worldwide food crisis, whilst the Trussell Trust reported that in the past 6 months the number of people using food banks in the UK has doubled.

'Best Before' tells the story of rising food prices in the UK and the people behind the food revolution taking place all over the country in response to what many see as a broken system.  Through accessible narration, animated infographics and interviews with experts the film shows how rising oil prices paired with irresponsible farming and supermarket monopolies contributes to a system that benefits no one.

It's not all doom and gloom though.  As well as showcasing a multitude of good food movements, whether it be local co-operatives or shared allotments, the film suggests an ambitious model we should move to - sourcing all our food as locally as possible.

Like many interviewed for 'Best Before', Oxfam recognises that the food system needs to change and with the GROW campaign it is celebrating the people that are busy changing it for the better.  Nominate a Food Hero in your local area by writing a blog about them and having it published on the Oxfam website.  Just think of someone in your local area who is leading the way by promoting positive food choices. 

Besides championing better alternatives we are also challenging those who have the power to make the larger systemic changes that will benefit the food system.  The shortage of land due largely to the speed and scale with which it has been bought up in the last decade is a particularly big problem.  Oxfam launched a new arm of the GROW campaign last week urging the World Bank to freeze all land deals for six months.  The World Bank is a critical player as an investor, influencer of governments and key standard setter globally and we are urging it to show leadership to help fix this problem.  Add your voice here to a global petition urging them to act

See Best Before at a special screening at the Lexi Cinema in London on 31st October. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the director Ben Mann, journalist and food critic Jay Rayner, biodynamic farmer Michael Duveen, and campaigner Lisa Rutherford from Oxfam.

Please contact bestbeforedoc@gmail.com if you would like tickets

Blog post written by Tom Linden

Campaigns Assistant

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