Documentary: The Need to Grow

Recently, I heard about this documentary called “The Need to Grow” and the name resonated with me. I do believe we can’t talk about a sustainability without addressing our food production and our soil health.

Last night, I watched it online and I found it really interesting. They are currently doing a worldwide free screening via Food Revolution Network.

Given this is happening right now (from the 10-15 of Oct 2019), today’s post is just a short one to tell you a bit about this film and invite you to watch it this weekend.

What’s is the film about?

The movie starts with this quote:

“We have an estimate of 60  years of  of farmable soil left on the planet mostly due to unsustainable agriculture”

In a nutshell, the film is about the importance of a healthy soil and biodiversity for food security and a healthy planet.

The message is simple, you can’t feed the world with a death soil.

They explain how modern industrial agriculture, full of synthetic chemicals and mono-crops leaves a soil that’s depleted from nutrients. As biodiversity decreases, then more chemicals are needed to keep producing food while the soils become less and less healthy.

The Need to Grow movie

Photo source: “The Need to Grow” film

Topics and stories

Some of the topics they touch on:

  • Regenerative agriculture as a key to combat climate change, given that a healthy soil can actually offset carbon.
  • The importance of buying local food grown with sustainable practices
  • Food security and the importance of seeds.
  • Food waste and composting.

During the film, they present three main stories:

  • A computer scientist who created an invention called ‘Green Power House’. Honestly, I found it quite amazing.
  • The story of a girl who became a young activist raising awareness about GMOs.
  • A guy who created a zero waste micro farm growing amazing produce with limited space and without harmful chemicals.

I must say this is not the first documentary I watch about the subject and some of the info was not new to me, but I found it inspiring, specially the technological advancements and the stories of people trying to bring positive change and raise awareness about these topics.

There is a bit of a drama in the middle of the movie with some events that unfold – I didn’t enjoy that part that much – but in the overall I think it is a nice and positive documentary to watch. It gave me hope for the future.

Free screening

If you are reading this post during the free screening (10-15 of Oct 2019), this is the link, just register and you’ll be able to watch it straight away:

The Need To Grow – free screening

Note that at the end of the movie, there is an offer of some video lessons to learn more about these topics. I think it is a good way to support the project.

If you catch this post later, you can always rent it or watch it on demand.

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

That’s it for today. I hope you get the chance to watch the documentary. If you do, let me know in the comments below what you think 😉

Thanks for reading,


By | 2019-10-11T16:31:55+11:00 October 11th, 2019|Documentaries, Food|4 Comments

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I am Diana. I write about my journey trying to live a greener lifestyle and how we collectively can make a difference revisiting our beliefs and daily habits, learning more about the environment and being an active participant.


  1. Ram Mohan October 14, 2019 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing about documentary infos. Planning to buy that documentary video.

    • GreenerIdentity October 14, 2019 at 3:11 pm - Reply

      No worries. This one is currently free until Tuesday 15/10/19. You can catch it online right now if you like 😉

  2. Claire October 17, 2019 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Watched it , thanks for the link. I shared with a few people. I didn’t think the title really matched the content but it was interesting to see the Green Power House.

    • GreenerIdentity October 18, 2019 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Oh great. Glad to hear you watched it. Yes, it is a mixture of several topics. Yes, the GPH part was my favourite because the concept is so different and innovative Inspiring concept ;).

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