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George Monbiot on Regenesis with Franny Armstrong

George Monbiot on Regenesis with Franny Armstrong

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George Monbiot discusses his "most audacious idea yet" - a profoundly hopeful vision for the future of food - with activist Franny Armstrong

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Join 5x15 online for a special event with George Monbiot, the bestselling author of Feral, as he discusses a new future for food and for humanity in conversation with award winning documentary maker and activist Franny Armstrong. The event will also feature the premiere of a new short film made by Franny Armstrong to accompany the book.

Farming is the world's greatest cause of environmental destruction - and the one we are least prepared to talk about. We criticise urban sprawl, but farming sprawls across thirty times as much land. We have ploughed, fenced and grazed great tracts of the planet, felling forests, killing wildlife, and poisoning rivers and oceans to feed ourselves. Yet millions still go hungry.

Now the food system itself is beginning to falter. But, as George Monbiot shows us we can resolve the biggest of our dilemmas and feed the world without devouring the planet.

Regenesis is a breathtaking vision of a new future for food and for humanity. Drawing on astonishing advances in soil ecology, Monbiot reveals how our changing understanding of the world beneath our feet could allow us to grow more food with less farming. He meets the people who are unlocking these methods, from the fruit and vegetable grower revolutionising our understanding of fertility; through breeders of perennial grains, liberating the land from ploughs and poisons; to the scientists pioneering new ways to grow protein and fat. Together, they show how the tiniest life forms could help us make peace with the planet, restore its living systems, and replace the age of extinction with an age of regenesis.

Here, for the first time, is a profoundly hopeful, appetising and exciting vision of food: of revolutionary cultivation and cuisine that could nourish us all and restore our world of wonders.

'This book calls for nothing less than a revolution in the future of food' Kate Raworth

George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and Heat: How We Can Stop the Planet Burning; and Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for an Age of Crisis. George cowrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan, and has made a number of viral videos. One of them, adapted from his 2013 TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed on YouTube over 40 million times. Another, on Natural Climate Solutions, which he co-presented with Greta Thunberg, has been watched over 60 million times.

Franny Armstrong is a former pop drummer and self-taught filmmaker. She has directed three feature documentaries - The Age of Stupid (2008), McLibel (2005) and Drowned Out (2003) - which have together been seen by 70 million people worldwide. In 1996 she founded the McSpotlight website, which Wired magazine described as "the blueprint for all activist websites". Through her company, Spanner Films, Franny pioneered the “crowd-funding” finance model, which allows filmmakers to raise reasonable-size budgets whilst retaining ownership of their films. In September 2009 Franny founded the 10:10 climate campaign and has been called a "21st Century Heroine" by Harper's Bizarre, an "Eco Hero of the Decade" by The Guardian and one of "London's 1,000 most influential people" by The Evening Standard. She was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Open University in 2016. Her latest projects are PIE NET ZERO (2020) which trended at #9 on YouTube globally, and WHAT IF? (2019) starring Ed Miliband, Caroline Lucas and Chris Packham in a parallel universe where humans ARE tackling climate change.

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