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The Price of Cheap Food. Part one; Kerris Farmers.

November 5, 2009

Kerris Farmers is the first part of a series of films questioning the sustainability of current food production.

In this film four Cornish farmers and family say how things are in an environment where food often costs more to grow than supermarkets eventually pay for it.

Jeffery,was eventually paid eighteen pence per packaged cauliflower even though each one cost him thirty four pence to grow.   In the supermarkets they sold at around seventy eight pence.

Adding to the pressure on farmers is the rising cost of fertilizer, fuel and a shortage of  labour; farmers are an ageing community. Alan, the beef farmer runs his farm on his own and is totally reliant on a fleet of machines which he has adapted to do all the work by himself,  East European and other migrant workers did the work in recent years  but now  that sector seems to be shrinking. So eventually the film leaves us with a question, who will grow the food in the future?

Further parts of The Price of Cheap Food  project seek to explore the strategies of the supermarkets to globalize production, experiments in alternative agriculture, local food and  allotments, along with surviving Chinese and Bulgarian pre-industrial farming cultures.

This is a participatory culture project, please send your views, information,videos and audio clips to build this project, just send a link for video material with your comment.

The first clips from the Kerris film are in place simply to start the debate, its about about creating the bigger picture from your points of view.

The film premiers at the Cornwall Film Festival 14th November. Screening will be part of the Cornish Shorts in the Phoenix Cinema Falmouth, starting 2pm.

Barry Cooper.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 13, 2009 6:53 pm

    Hi Barry

    Please include Camel Community Supported Agriculture’s videos in your project. Link to them here –

    Our home page is here – Our Twitter feed is at

    Our pioneering community project in north Cornwall has more than 50 members. We’re growing our own vegetables and sharing the harvest. Around 23 members are signed up to our weekly vegetable box scheme.

    Charlotte Barry
    Chair, Camel Community Supported Agriculture

  2. Lindsay Southcombe permalink
    November 17, 2009 7:41 am

    And the Government still resists an indpendent ombudsmen for the supermarkets!

  3. December 4, 2009 9:50 am

    Hello all,

    here are 2 emerging local food initiatives around Falmouth and Penryn to look out for or ask for more info:

    The Chyan Community Field will be producing veg boxes for distribution at Children’s Centres (Miss Peapods/ Jubilee Wharf)

    The Marlborough Parent Network will try out sharing allotment vegetables and bulk buying from local producers in 2010 (email me for more info)

    • December 4, 2009 10:53 am

      That’s really good news, do you have some links that can be put on the site?

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