The Need To Grow

Can we feed the world without destroying the Earth?

With only 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth, "The Need To Grow" offers an intimate look into the hearts of activists and innovators in the food movement: an 8-year-old girl challenges the ethics of a beloved organization; a renegade farmer struggles to keep his land as he revolutionizes resource efficient agriculture; and an accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology.

"The Need to Grow" delivers alarming evidence on the importance of healthy soil — revealing not only the potential of localized food production working with nature, but our opportunity as individuals to help regenerate our planet’s dying soils and participate in the restoration of the Earth.

"The Need To Grow" wants to sharpen our awareness of the issue of soil and sustainable agriculture. The film shows 3 inspiring characters, pioneers for ecological and resistant soil and cultivation solutions. It also shows fascinating innovations and provides a lot of information and answers to the question why we have to find solutions for the global soil and agricultural crisis. We strongly recommend the film to all viewers with an interest in sustainable food and agriculture.

Director(s): Rob Herring, Ryan Wirick
Script: Rob Herring, Ryan Wirick
Production: Rob Herring, Ryan Wirick, Rosario Dawson, Damon Giglio, S.J. Murray, Tanner Stewart
Music: C.A. Gabriel
Actors: Jeffrey Smith, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Paul Stamets, Rosario Dawson, Alicia Serratos, Kathryn Kellogg Johnson, David King, Michael Smith, Larry Santoyo, Erik Cutter, Monica Serratos, Douglas Gayeton
Year: 2018
Duration: 96 min
Our age recommendation: 14
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): Japanese, German, French, English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
Country of origin: United States
Shooting Locations: United States
Screening rights: Earth Conscious Films ()
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Main topic(s): Permaculture
Secondary topics: organic soil food security innovation
Mentions: soil agriculture farming zero-waste vegetables crops biodiversity humic substances regenerative agriculture organic garden sox bio char green power house Monsanto chemicals fertilizer Glyphosate Roundup GMOs food waste composting food chain food security sustainability close-loop-systems girl scouts activism Power Green House Algae Aqua Culture.
Topic Page(s): Permaculture Positive Films

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