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Center for a Livable Future


December 2010

Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming?


CLF and MICA collaborated to produce a film about sustainable food animal production entitled Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? (34 minutes). CLF’s Leo Horrigan produced the film and Allen Moore, a MICA professor and independent filmmaker, directed. Out to Pasture contrasts the industrial approach to food animal production with farms that raise food animals outdoors in diversified operations. Several pasture-based farmers are profiled and they tell their vibrant stories of bucking the trends in farming. They discuss how they got started in farming (three transitioned from industrial operations), what’s important about their farming methods, how their conventional-farm neighbors view them, how to keep young people on the farm, the future of the food system, and other compelling topics. The film also features Robert Lawrence, director of CLF; and John Ikerd, a leading thinker on sustainable agriculture issues.