10 Billion

What's on your plate?

In this century alone the world population will grow to 10 billion people. Where do we get enough food from for everybody to survive? How do we stop mankind from destroying the very foundation of its food source? Valentin Thurn travels the world to study the essentials of food production. He meets organic farmers as well as agro-industry representatives, visits urban gardens and commercial slaughterhouses. Can we produce artificial meat? Will insects be the protein source of the future? Is the solution to sustainable agriculture organic micro-farms?

The film shows sustainable and gentle methods which ensure food production for the future. We can actually make a difference right now – if we only want to.

Valentin Thurn, best-selling author and film director ("Taste the Waste", 2011) seeks answers for the growingly important question of how we can prevent destroying our planet by exploring the resources for food production.

Selected for the Films for the Earth Festival 2015.

The film "10 Billion" deals with the issues of overpopulation and resource scarcity and shows the impact on our livelihoods in an excellent way. The problems are not necessarily new, but with this well-researched film Valentin Thurn shines a light on this complex topic and offers possible solutions.

"10 Billion" manages to illuminate the subject matter in an entertaining way. The film scores also through empirically based studies and shows the human impact on the problem of resource scarcity.

The film has a high emotional impact and encourages us to take greater responsability. "10 Billion" is a very well done film with a logical structure, a lot of high-value information, a good aesthetic quality and a strong soundtrack.

Director(s): Valentin Thurn
Script: Valentin Thurn, Sebastian Stobbe
Production: Valentin Thurn, Thurnfilm, Celloid Fabrik, Tina Leeb, Jürgen Kleinig, Prokino Filmproduktion, Ira von Gienanth, WDR, SWR, ThurnFilm
Music: Dürbeck und Dohmen
Actors: Liam Condon, Johan Botterman, Kusum Misra, Andreas Gransee, Felix zu Löwenstein, Karl Schweisfurth, Katarina Alberto, Bernd Schmitz, Bangaruswami Soundararajan, Haruhiko Murase, Shinji Inada, Toyoki Kozai, Ronald Stotish, Dawn Runighan, Mark Post, Jim Rogers, Rob Hopkins, Fanny Najiwa, Will Allen, Hilke Deinet, Mary Clear
Year: 2015
Duration: 106 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): German, French, English
Language (subtitles): German
Country of origin: Germany
Shooting Locations: Germany, Canada, Japan, Netherlands, India, United States, Belgium, Mozambique, Malawi, United Kingdom
Screening rights: Prokino Filmverleih (Germany) | (Germany) | Trigon Film (Switzerland) | Autlook Film Sales () | Thimfilm (Austria)

Further reviews


Main topic(s): Global Food Genetic Engineering + Seeds
Secondary topics: population organic soil food security meat food waste industrial agriculture urban agriculture urban farming
Mentions: Bayer genetic engineering patent hybrid seed seedbank Navdanya mneral fertilizer humus chicken soybean landgrabbing factory farming cows fishfood food security aquaponics urban farming
Topic Page(s): Global Food Genetic Engineering + Seeds The nominated films of past Films for the Earth Festivals.


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