Global agriculture and the future of food
LandRush is a journalistic and artistic exploration of the social and environmental impact of large-scale agro-investments on rural economies and land rights, the boom of renewable fuels, the reallocation of land, and the future of agriculture around the world. In a series of documentary films, magazine stories, an interactive iPad App and spacial installations the project questions what constitutes modern agriculture.
With crop failures becoming more frequent due to climate change, groundwater levels dropping, soils depleting, and the increase in productivity of most crop plants sinking, the question is: How can we feed the world without trashing it?
Since 2011 we documented neocolonial land grabbing in Ethiopia, industrial mega-farms in Brazil, family farms thriving due to ethanol production in Iowa and the multiyear drought in California’s Central Valley. Currently we are researching organic farming and land use politics in Eastern Germany and water policies in the Colorado water shed.