Best Before: A London Food Revolution

Premiered lastnight at the Gallery Cafe in Bethnal Green, Best Before is a new documentary from film makers Ben Mann, Giuseppe Cioffo, and Chris Atkins that covers aspects of the Food Crisis of 2007/2008, its lasting effects on the global food system and the showcasing of the current food revolution in London.

It’s a great documentary  that attempts to draw a clear link between the rise in the price of food and that of oil, with basic foodstuffs moving out of reach of many people. With more and more turning to cheap, processed foods and turning away from the perceived more expensive selection of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Featuring animations from Room60 to visualise the crisis and describe the global food system and distribution process, the film also has featurettes of the city farms, markets, community kitchens and cooperatives that are working across the UK capital  to  produce and distribute food in a sustainable way.

By looking to food zoning and urban farming the film proposes that our food system can be radically reshaped to  avert an impending crisis and supply cheap and healthy food to communities that are otherwise at the mercy of the supermarket and their profit margins.

Take a look at the trailer above and if you can go and see it, do. Further screenings are being shown across London on the 22nd, 24th and 26th of July.

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