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Teaching the Food System

A Project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future




The short film Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? (34 minutes) contrasts raising food animals on pasture with the prevailing industrial approach. Several pasture-based farmers are profiled; they discuss how they got started in farming (three transitioned from confinement 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 topics. The film also features Robert Lawrence, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, and John Ikerd, a leading thinker on sustainable agriculture.

The film can be used in the classroom with the Food Animal Production teaching module or can be viewed as a stand-alone activity. Contact us if you would like to host a screening.

Out to Pasture: The Future of Farming? is a collaboration between the Center and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). It was produced by Center staff member Leo Horrigan and directed by Allen Moore, a MICA professor and independent filmmaker. Moore has made numerous documentaries and has been the director of photography on many more, including several of Ken Burns’ historical films shown on PBS. His work has been nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.