The Festival has always been a showcase for the positive initiatives going on in Suffolk, and the wider world. Due to the uncertainties created by a global pandemic, meaning conferences and full festivals were fraught with difficulty, the Festival commissioned five short films which both explain the problem and reveal some of the emerging solutions and new opportunities within the food industry.

Whilst the films show material drawn from other continents, the festival directors hope that they inform and inspire our farmers, food producers and the wider public to see a bright but changing future for our industry and Suffolk.

The films are each roughly 6 minutes long and are entitled:

1. Farming for the Soil
2. Vertical Farming
3. Robot Farming
4. Insects. The New Livestock
5. Protein of the future

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The biggest problem of all is how we manage the need to feed millions more humans every year in a way which doesn’t draw, excessively, on the reserves of our planet. Farming and food production are the largest source of climate changing emissions. Our insatiable demand for more and more food is now the biggest cause of the Earth’s loss of biodiversity.

—William Kendall, Festival director