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The Magic Bean

There is a revolution in farming in Latin America. Forget GM crops, the mucuna bean provides a real alternative for feeding the world's population. Julian Pettifer travels through Guatemala, Honduras, and Brazil revealing the powerful properties of the little bean which protects against soil erosion and allows farmers to triple their yield without recourse to fertilizer or pesticides. The results have already been amazing—the halting of slash and burn policies, reverse migration from city to country, and the retention of carbon in the soil acting as a cushion against global warming. The mucuna is a truly magic bean.
2019; 2001

Food (Justice) for All, Episode 8

All across the country, the ways and means of America's small farmers are evolving. Young Hispanic farm laborers in California's Salinas Valley are moving up the economic ladder, training to become tomorrow's organic farm owners. In Houston, Congolese refugees are creating communities around vacant urban lots.
2018; 2014

Seeds of Change, Episode 3

Seeds represent hope, a new beginning. Amid battles over GMO crops and monocultures that dominate American farmlands, meet seed savers pursuing grassroots alternatives. From the dry deserts of Arizona to corn and soybean growers in Iowa and Illinois, genetic diversity does matter and the roots of change are taking hold.
2018; 2014

School Lunch Revival, Episode 6

All public school kids have access to free or reduced-price lunch. But affordability doesn't necessarily mean it's good for them. Detroit's renegade lunch lady is not only serving kids healthy food, she's got them growing it, too. Houston schools are joining a national movement with "seed to plate" classroom cooking and a new generation of service members is connecting farmers and schools.
2018; 2014

The U.S. Of Agriculture, Episode 13

From the Founding Farmers to the modern Farm Bill, what has 200 years of progress brought to the table? More food at lower prices for sure, but also food fights over the environment, hunger, nutrition, and waste. In this closing episode of Food Forward, politicians, policy watchdogs and food experts take us on a personal tour through the history of food and agriculture in America.
2018; 2014

Make Food, Not Waste, Episode 10

Americans throw away 34 million tons of food each year. That's like tossing a quarter of the groceries we buy directly into the trash. But where some see garbage, others find green gold. Explore the secret life of food scraps, landfills and the people who love them. San Francisco is leading the charge in composting municipal food waste.
2018; 2014

Rise of Vertical Farming

Our food system is currently organized very inefficiently. Our food travels for many kilometers, uses an excessive amount of water, is wasted on a tremendous scale, and also contaminates the environment. And yet, the 7 billion residents of planet Earth-all mainly living in large cities-must be fed. In an attempt to achieve this in a sustainable manner, food production must, for the most part, be integrated into the urban infrastructure. Food flats and city agriculture are important alternatives for this.
2018; 2017

Quest for Water, Episode 9

How can agriculture use less water and still grow enough food for everyone? Are we finally emerging from the water wars of the west that pitted Native American tribes and environmentalists against farmers and ranchers? Dive into solutions that some water users are discovering to protect this most precious resource in the face of drought, politics and environmental conflicts.
2018; 2014

New Farms, Big Success, With Three Rock Star Farmers

This inspiring documentary presents three ecologically responsible farms in the USA and Canada. Their unique business plans eliminate the middle man, use sustainable methods and few fossil fuels and show a decent living can be made! These new farming practices avoid the destructive trap of industrial food production and its financial burden. With the participation of Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and leading American environmentalist, author and educator Bill McKibben, this documentary provides critical information to develop an enduring local food network in a time of climate change. Thethree rock star farmers are: Kristin Kimball, author of The Dirty Life and farmer of Essex Farm; Jean-Martin Fortier, author of The Market Gardener and farmer of Les Jardi [...]
2017; 2014

Corporate Agriculture: Cultivating Trouble

Farming in North America has become a "cash cow" for a handful of multinational corporations at the cost of the environment and rural culture. This program examines the growth of corporate factory agriculture, an industry that is capable of generating severe environmental, social, and cultural repercussions. Environmental activists and lawyers in North Carolina stress the need for a functional high-tech wastewater treatment plant to stop the pollution resulting from management techniques used by corporate owners of the hog industry. In addition, a community rallies in Canada to oppose building of a corporate feedlot they believe will threaten the future of a small, third-generation family farm.
2017; 2004

Farming: The Future

Farmers and farming face new challenges. Many factors have transformed this primary industry in recent decades, including changing political and economic climates and technology-driven changes in many farming methods. One consequence of changing farming methods is the decline of the importance of agriculture to the national economy. This film looks at the future of farming in the UK and begins by asking the question: is UK farming in crisis? A range of experts then takes us through recent trends and issues in farming, including organic farming, precision farming, genetic modification, the EU's common agricultural policy and strategies for now and the future. Interviewees: David Uren (UK Agriculture), Dr Geoff Griffiths, Prof. Stephen Morse, Dr Antoinette Mannion (University of Readin [...]
2017; 2008

Investing in Desert Greening

Hazel Henderson, Dennis Bushnell, and Carl Hodges look at opportunities to shift agriculture to desert regions and grow salt-loving plants with seawater and free daily photons from the sun. This halophyte agriculture could provide most of the food, fiber and biofuels for the growing human population on earth.
2015; 2014

The World's First Rooftop Farm [electronic resource]: Mohamed Hage

This episode of The Green Interview features Mohamed Hage, who is turning the flat rooftops of Montreal's industrial buildings into fertile farms that feed thousands-and he's making a profit in the process. Hage, a self-described "technology geek" turned urban farmer, explains the genesis and genius of Lufa Farms in this Green Interview. After seven years, Hage and a small group of colleagues have created two rooftop greenhouse farms in Montreal and plan a third for Boston. The farms grow over 100 varieties of vegetables and herbs, and they feed about 5,000 people. Perhaps most remarkably, Lufa Farms is pesticide-free and uses about half the energy of conventional greenhouses. The farms rely on an army of carefully chosen insects to perform their pest management, and they conserve wa [...]

Inside the World's Largest Artificial Watershed [electronic resource]

Water, microbes, soil and plants interact in a setting realistic enough to improve global climate models for years to come.

Living Roofs Reduce Stormwater Runoff [electronic resource]

Green roofs lower energy costs and protect the environment.

TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Jonathan Foley - the Other Inconvenient Truth

A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental destruction. In this TEDTalk, Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need to begin terraculture: farming for the whole planet.

Acoustics Detects Grape-Eating Insects in Vineyards [electronic resource]

An acoustic pest control method could save vineyards money and lead to lower wine costs.

Smarter Pest Control for the Cotton Crop [electronic resource]

Insect biologists have found a way to protect cotton crops by attacking the stomachs of their pests.

The Future of Food [electronic resource]: Sustainability and Security

For decades, local food producers in the West have faced a shrinking market share. But if well-intentioned Americans and Europeans stop eating vegetables from Africa, will Africans have more to eat? Or will we simply deprive African farmers of a living? This program delves into that issue and other food-related problems, some of which have solutions while others urgently await answers. Viewers are shown how tenuous food security in Kenya doesn't stop the country from exporting most of its produce to the West while potentially leasing large portions of arable land to Qatar. The film also profiles small U.K. growers, offers carbon footprint comparisons between livestock producers in New Zealand and Great Britain, and features commentary from Earth Policy Institute president Lester Brow [...]

Does It Matter How Our Food Is Produced? [electronic resource]

While high-tech agriculture is one of the hallmarks of Western society, a growing number of Americans and Europeans believe that our farming methods are harmful on a number of levels. This program looks at the evolving debate over industrialized food production versus organic farming. Showing how and why farming techniques and policies have changed in the U.K. and similar countries over the last 50 years, the film then examines modern pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, polytunnels, and biodomes, and discusses how intensive farming stacks up against organic and free-range farming. Perspectives from growers, food retailers, consumers, and agriculture experts are featured.