Filmmakers Loren and Matt Feinstein provide an eye-opening account of the downside of alternative, food-based fuel sources. Delving deep into the world of agrofuels and monocrops, they explore how the increasingly common practice of diverting food crops to the industrial production of cellulose-based fuels is devastating indigenous communities, undermining small farmers, and endangering the environment across Latin America.
Industrial agriculture is forcing many small farmers to lose their land due to rising debt. When India had to open its doors to foreign seed vendors such as Monsanto, genetically altered cotton seed was all that was available. These seeds are more expensive, require irrigation, fertilizers and pesticides, and must be re-purchased every season, driving the small farmer into spiraling debt and ultimately suicide.
Brings us the story of organic agriculture, told by those who built the movement. A motley crew of back-to-the-landers, spiritual seekers and farmers' sons and daughters rejected modern chemical farming and set out to invent organic alternatives.
This documentary film profiles the farmers, business executives and community organizers who are reinventing our food system. Fresh focuses on the people who are making a difference. It's character-driven, says producer Ana Joanes. The experts are secondary.
Documents the trend of unlabeled genetically-modified foods which have become increasingly prevalent in grocery stores. Unravels the complex web of market and political forces that are changing the nature of what we eat. Explores organic and sustainable agriculture as alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture.
With the average age of farmers in the U.S. currently at 57, it's critical to encourage more young people to take up the plow. GROW! profiles a new crop of idealistic young farmers who have turned to the fields for a more fulfilling life, driven also by a strong desire to change how our food is grown.
Looking at what science does and does not know about diet and health, author Michael Pollan proposes a new way to think about what to eat, informed by ecology and tradition rather than by the nutrient-by-nutrient approach.
This Mexican documentary takes viewers into the agricultural fields, where children barely bigger than the buckets they carry work long hours, in often hazardous conditions, picking tomatoes, peppers, or beans, for which they are paid by weight. When not in the fields, the daily lives of children can also include making earthen bricks, cutting cane, gathering firewood, plowing fields with oxen and planting by hand, or carving wooden figures and weaving baskets to sell. These children and their families survive only by unrelenting labor. Despite that, the cycle of poverty is passed on from one generation to another.
In Organic We Trust is an eye-opening food documentary that follows Director/Producer Kip Pastor on a personal journey to answer commonly asked questions about organic food: What exactly is organic? Is it really better, or just a marketing scam?
Travel to a top-secret location high in the White Mountains of California and explore our stunning past through the life of a 26-foot bristlecone pine that quietly holds the title of 'Oldest living thing on earth, ' and is known as the Methuselah Tree.
With beautiful visuals and engaging stories, Nourish explores the provocative question: What's the story of your food? By providing a "big picture" view of our food system, Nourish reveals the many ways that food connects to our environment, our health and our communities.
One of the world's most precious resources is at risk. This timely and emotionally moving film illuminates what is at stake and what can be done to protect the source of nearly all of our food: seeds. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric, to food to fuels. Seeds are as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink, but given far less attention.
The garden is capable of putting up with the worst weather has to offer. This program explores how plants survive the trials and tribulations of changes in the weather and looks at the coping strategies they have evolved to exploit Mother Nature.
With the world of agriculture confronting the impact of such factors as global warming, population urbanization trends, changes in eating habits, and increased use of grain for biofuels, [this film] outlines the shape of an impending global food crisis.
Learn how a green approach to landscaping can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat and cool a house, the proper management of rainwater and runoff, the value of native plants and the benefits of green roofs. Site visits with landscape architects and designers are included as well.
An artistic exploration of the miraculous substance soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource.
Taking Root tells the dramatic story of Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai, whose simple act of planting trees grew into a nationwide movement to safeguard the environment, protect human rights, and defend democracy -- a movement for which this charismatic woman became an iconic inspiration.
Looks at the impact of fracking in one of the country's most pristine watersheds. With exclusive interviews from oil and gas industry leaders, independent experts and impacted residents, Triple divide [redacted] covers five years (2011 - 2016) of cradle-to-grave investigations that reveal how regulators and industry keep water contamination covered up.
Truck Farm tells the story of a quirky urban farmers. Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a vegetable garden on the only land he's got: his Granddad's old pickup. Once the mobile garden begins to sprout, viewers are trucked across New York to see the city's funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America's largest city can learn to feed itself.
Monsanto Company is the world's leader in agricultural chemicals, seed and genetically modified crops, as well as being one of the most controversial companies in industrial history. Shows how the company promoted such products as Roundup (glyphosate), bovine growth hormone, and genetically modified plants.