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Vanishing of the Bees [electronic resource]

Honeybees are essential for the production of more than one-third of the food we eat. But in 2006, beekeepers began reporting that astounding numbers of their honeybees had gone missing, literally disappearing, with no dead bees to be found in or around the hives. A task force was formed to study the international phenomenon; scientists were able to identify its distinct symptoms, and named it "colony collapse disorder." This program investigates colony collapse disorder, looking into its possible causes, exploring its potential consequences, and offering some solutions. Journalist Michael Pollan, apiarists, and others discuss the search for CCD's origin, focusing on evidence that points to monoculture farming and a relatively new class of chemicals called systemic pesticides as the [...]
Online
2009
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Industrial and Sustainable Farming [electronic resource]

Perhaps the biggest challenge facing the agricultural industry today is feeding the world's rapidly growing population while also caring for the environment. At the center of the challenge is the tension between sustainable and more mainstream industrial farming practices. This video looks at ecological problems caused by farming which relies on pesticides, hormones, and heavy mechanization. The program also assesses the advantages and disadvantages of sustainable alternatives. Interviews with a vegetable farmer, an organic winemaker, and an environmental scientist explore issues at the core of agribusiness while touching on innovative ideas and ongoing technological changes in farming practices around the world.
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2012
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Deserts [electronic resource]: Global Environments

Global warming is bad news - unless, of course, you're accustomed to life in the desert. Arid environments, which already cover one third of the Earth's land mass, are growing at an alarming rate, which means that they could conceivably become the new normal. In the next few decades, up to 35 percent of the world's terrain faces desertification with the lives and livelihoods of millions, if not billions, in jeopardy. Examining the dramatic changes in store for our planet, this program looks at what the global community should be doing to prepare, what actions are currently being taken, and how cultures which have thrived for centuries in extremely dry locations are passing on a range of skills and traditions designed to help cope with the "arid" life. Can this undervalued knowledge e [...]
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2007
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Sepp Holzer's Permaculture [electronic resource]: Farming With Nature

Austrian "Agro-Rebel" Sepp Holzer built one of the biggest functioning permaculture farms in Europe by observing and working with natural systems. This film highlights Kramaterhof as a case study in economically viable permaculture, focusing on species diversity, micro-climates, and other innovative cultivation methods.
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2010
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The Poet of Trauma Farm [electronic resource]: Brian Brett

This episode of The Green Interview features Brian Brett, a passionate and diverse award-winning Canadian novelist, critic, and poet. His latest book, Trauma Farm: A Rebel History of Rural Life, is a lyrical, honest, and often amusing portrayal of rural life interspersed with thought-provoking reflections about the modern world, and rooted throughout by a profound knowledge of biology and botany. It is his memoir based on the last 18 years spent tending a small mixed farm-affectionately named Trauma Farm-on Salt Spring Island in the Gulf Islands of British Columbia. In his book-and in this Green Interview-Brett explores the social realities of rural community life and the consequences of our estrangement from the interconnectedness of all things.
Online
2012