The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It’s time to change the story. Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolise the global food system.The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro -biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture. Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world, promoted by the pro-GM lobby. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how corporate agenda has driven the take over of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the food global system. Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty. The pressure is growing to replace the diverse, nutritional, locally adapted and resilient seed crops which have been bred by small-scale farmers for millenia, by monocultures of GM seed.
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This video presents recent work by academics in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter, drawing on the insights of ancient Greek healthcare for addressing modern problems. A central theme in this work is Galen’s idea that health consists of a ‘balance’ between six factors in our lives – food and drink, exercise and rest, sleep, our internal and external environment, and our state of mind. Healthcare, in other words, requires a ‘holistic’ approach to the management of our lives, and not just a piecemeal or formulaic approach.
Diego Isabel La Moneda explains The Economy for the Common Good, an interesting new business and economic movement coming from Austria. The idea is simple -- the economic system and the enterprises operating within in should be oriented toward benefiting the common good. The ECG programme outlines practical steps for business, and eventually, governments to make this happen. Over 1400 partner companies in Austria, Germany Switzerland and Spain have joined this budding network. Will this work in the UK? In Totnes? Click to watch and find out. This talk was organised by Network Of Wellbeing, Schumacher College and Transition Town Totnes REconomy Project.
Directed by photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and narrated by Glenn Close, HOME takes you on a visually stunning, spectacular voyage around the world. It is a unique film that approaches the current debate about climate change from a whole new angle, giving viewers the opportunity to see for themselves how our earth is changing. Going well beyond the scientific reports, charts and graphs, this film is an inspiration that speaks to our hearts and touches our souls. Spanning 54 countries and 120 locations, all seen from the air, the film captures the Earth’s most amazing landscapes, showcasing its incomparable beauty and acknowledging its vulnerability. HOME is a compelling emotional reminder of what is at stake: the Earth, in all its beauty, and the people who live on it. HOME is the first major film about climate change that has been made using only aerial photography. The film marks artist and activist, Yann Arthus-Betrand’s feature film directorial debut.
An inspiring interview with Dr Ha Vinh Tho, Program Director for the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. Interview conducted by Thea Platt, Network of Wellbeing (NOW) Project Manager.
This conference was based on the shift from economic growth to growth in wellbeing. Watch the Resurgence & Ecologist annual Festival of Wellbeing that explores ‘wellbeing’ from environmental, personal, political and economic perspectives. Speakers include Alys Fowler, Tony Juniper, Satish Kumar, Ben Okri, Ruth Padel, Vandana Shiva, Edward Skidelsky, Tamsin Omond, Martin Powell, Juliet Davenport, Lynne Franks, Richard Wilkinson, Theodore Zeldin and Rowan Williams. The event also includes classical Indian dance and music.
The Great Transition – from economic growth to growth in wellbeing. Broadcast from Bishopsgate Institute, London. A day of inspiring speakers, great music, thoughtful poets and tasty food. The purpose of this event was to discuss – and demonstrate – how we can move from a devotion to economic growth to the joy of wellbeing. Speakers included: Jonathon Porritt; Fiona Reynolds; Richard Layard; Caroline Lucas; Polly Higgins; Patrick Holden; Fiona Reynolds; Satish Kumar and Nic Marks. Musicians include: Barb Jungr; Craig Pruess and Sophie Stammers. Dance from Bhavan, and poetry from Matt Harvey and Martin Powell. The day celebrates Resurgence's 45th anniversary and also the merger of Resurgence and The Ecologist. The merger brings together Resurgence's focus on cultural, spiritual and artistic. Check out the videos from this event to learn more!
A new animation exploring the 5 Ways to well-being. Richmond Fellowship has worked with CWP to create a highly original animation "Take 5". Created by 43 participants, the animation explores 5 individual themes to well-being: Connect, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give and Be Active.
This animation was made to illustrate how engaging in creative activities can contribute to our wellbeing. Through 5 short stories, the animation demonstrates how easy it is to combine creativity and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and how we can all benefit from incorporating both into our daily lives. The animation was created by Richmond Fellowship's (RF) Creative Arts Programme. Now in its second year, the Programme is designed to further the recovery of people who use RF's Services through engagement in creative projects.
Richard Wilkinson explains why Inequality in a country goes down their Wellbeing.