Abundance on a Dry Land DVD 17234 2015; 52 minute
In California, agriculture is suffering from a lack of water and farms are being abandoned at an alarming rate. But some people seem to have found a solution. Here, and in many other dry regions around the world, land restoration is helping water infiltrate the soil to help increase crop yields.
DVD 17136 1999; 13 minutes.
Cuts through biotechnology's propaganda, revealing the science and politics behind "transgenic" foods to show how biotech companies increasingly engineer what you eat to be compatible with their chemicals -- but not necessarily good for human health.
American Meat DVD 17059 2011; 85 minutes
A solutions-oriented documentary chronicling the current state of the U.S. meat industry, American Meat explains how the U.S. arrived at its current industrial system. As the story shifts to the present day, it shows the feedlots and confinement houses, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there.
Bullshit DVD 2666 2005; 73 minutes
Follow environmental activist and nuclear physicist Vandana Shiva on a whirlwind tour of her organic farm at the foot of the Himalayas to the summit of the World Trade Organization in Mexico to a protest outside the European Patents Office in Munich. Shiva does battle with the proponents of globalization, multi-national corporations like Monsanto, an American bio-tech company manufacturing genetically modified foods (whom Shiva holds responsible for a rash of farmers' suicides) and Coca-Cola, accused of depleting and contaminating groundwater in India.
Circle of Poison DVD 17514 2015; 71 minutes
When the federal government bans a chemical, deeming it harmful to the well-being of its citizens, few know that they actively encourage the manufacturer to export it abroad for profit. This pointed exposé examines this disturbing practice, focusing on the global trade in banned pesticides, their devastating environmental and health impact and the border-defying return of these harmful chemicals to the U.S. in the form of residue on imported foods.
Coming to Ground DVD 16768 2012; 86 minutes
Examine Kentucky’s efforts to move away from tobacco dependency to create a new agricultural economy and culture. Explore historic changes that have taken place in Kentucky in response to regulatory change and the globalization of the tobacco economy. Told through the voices of Kentucky farmers, agricultural thinkers, and policy makers, this is a story of how Kentucky agriculture survived catastrophic change to create a new farm culture and the foundation of a new local food system.
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret DVD 15999 2014: 91 minutes
Examines the contributions of cattle and the cattle industry to global warming, resource consumption and environmental degradation. Follows an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the industry's destructive practices and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are reluctant to talk about it.
Eating Alaska DVD 6719 2008; 57 minutes
What is the ethical way to eat in Alaska - or anywhere? How can you break away from the industrial food system? Where is your comfort level in taking a life for food? Is it better to shoot a deer than to buy tofu that has been shipped thousands of miles? Can a former vegetarian even shoot a deer? In search of the answers to these questions, Ellen Frankenstein fishes for wild salmon with her fisherman husband, learns about traditional Native subsistence foods, attends a vegan cooking class, and consults Native elders, biologists, and conservationists. While Frankenstein was a vegan before moving to Alaska, it wasn't clear whether eating vegetarian was the ethical, sustainable path for living as an Alaskan. This film explores those questions without offering definite answers, and aims to incite discussion, not convert others to a specific way of thinking about food.
Food, Inc. DVD 6900 2008; 91 minutes
Lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing how our nation's food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that often put profits ahead of consumer health, the livelihood of the American farmer, the safety of workers and our own environment. Reveals surprising truths about what we eat and how it's produced.
Forks Over Knives DVD 10251 2011; 96 minutes
Examines the claim that most if not all degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. It traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering researchers. Although they didn't know each other, their individual research led to startlingly similar conclusions: degenerative diseases could usually be prevented -- and in many cases reversed -- by adopting a whole food, plant-based diet. The filmmakers explore the ancient idea of food as medicine, following "reality patients" who have adopted a whole foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments.
Fresh DVD 6792 2009; 70 minutes
Fresh celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet. Among others, Fresh features urban farmer and activist Will Allen, sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, and supermarket owner David Ball.
Future Food DVD 14119 2012; 6 volumes @ 29 minutes each
Each day there are approximately 219,000 new mouths to feed at the world's dinner table; that's 80 million more people over the next year. In the year 2050, there will be 9 billion people on planet Earth. How do we feed them fairly, safely and well, and make sure that every mouth is fed? This documentary series asks how we are going to feed ourselves in the 21st century, and looks for answers in Peru, Kenya, USA, India, Nigeria and China.
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, and explores organic and sustainable agriculture as alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture.
Dan Jason is an organic gardener on Salt Spring Island of the Canadian west coast and the head of the Seed and Plant Sanctuary for Canada, a network of gardeners from around the world working to preserve as much plant diversity as possible. This film explores Dan's garden and seed world and investigates, with several sustainable development specialists, such issues as genetic engineering, terminator seeds, and the pitfalls of industrial agriculture in North America. It offers several solutions for citizens and governments in the United States and Canada, including supporting organic growers and starting your own organic garden.
The Genetic Takeover or the Mutant Food DVD 1621 2000; 52 minutes
Examines the struggle between multinational corporations, governments and consumers on the issue of genetically modified foods. Consumers, scientists and others are concerned that governments have not required independent testing of these new products nor have they required adequate labeling.
Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives DVD 16503 2012; 85 minutes
Highlights evidence which points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the U.S. population, especially among children. Also outlines Monsanto's strong arm tactics, FDA policies, and the USDA's lack of response to areas of growing concern.
Genetic Time Bomb DVD 17135 1994; 45 minutes
Explores the loss of genetic diversity in food crops, as farmers around the world grow hybrids instead of local varieties. Looks at efforts to collect, save, grow, and distribute rare and threatened seeds.
GMO OMG DVD 14822 2014; 89 minutes
Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can't gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family's table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?
Grow! DVD 14571 2011; 60 minutes
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. Filmed on on 12 different farms throughout the state of Georgia during an entire growing season, GROW! provides an honest and inspiring look at this next generation of farmers.
Investigates the 2008 global food crisis, looking at its long-term underlying causes. After hearing about efforts in Venezuela to develop a more equitable and sustainable food and agriculture system, the filmmaker visits to see if it's working and find out what we might be able to learn from this giant experiment.
American food is in a state of crisis. Obesity and diabetes are on the rise, food costs are skyrocketing, family farms are in decline, and our agricultural environment is in jeopardy. Explore a thriving local food movement which counters the trends towards a more flavorless, disconnected, and dangerous place to eat.
Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away.
Fueled by curiosity and a dash of naiveté, college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis return to their ancestral home of Greene, Iowa, to find out how the modest corn kernel conquered America. With the help of real farmers, powerful fertilizer, government aid, and genetically modified seeds, the friends manage to grow one acre of corn. Along the way, they unlock the hidden truths about America's modern food system.
New Farms, Big Success DVD 16584 2014; 52 minutes
Visit three innovative, ecologically responsible farms in the U.S. and Canada. Their unique business plans use sustainable methods and few fossil fuels and show how the farmers make a decent living. These new farming practices avoid the pitfalls of industrial food production and its financial burden. With participation of Ban Ki Moon, the Secretary General of the United Nations, and leading environmentalist, author and educator, Bill McKibben, the film provides ideas critical to develop an enduring, local food network in a time of climate change.
Not for Sale DVD 13860 2002; 31 minutes
This documentary explores some little-known aspects of global trade agreements. Patents and other intellectual property rights are expanding what corporations can own and control -- from machines to knowledge and even living creatures. What does this mean for the environment, the food supply and human rights? This film looks at farmers, indigenous people, and global justice activists who oppose patents on life and advocate for a world where life is not a commodity but something to be treasured.
Of the Land DVD 16757 2014; 89 minutes
Within the last half century, our agricultural and food industries have changed more than ever before. New technologies and scientific ingenuity have given rise to GMOs and other man-made foods. People have begun to raise concerns about the safety of GMOs in our food supply, given their incredible dominance in a large portion of our diets. Traditional organic farmers have been under attack by large corporate farming interests who seek to monopolize the farming industry. Of the Land film looks at our current food supply system as well as a variety of smaller, organic options available to consumers who want to support more sustainable and healthy farming methods.
Open Sesame: The Story of Seeds DVD 15042 2014; 82 minutes
Learn how large agriculture companies are creating genetically modified seeds and what effect that may have on the gene pool. Seeds provide the basis for everything from fabric to food to fuels. They’re as essential to life as the air we breathe or water we drink. . . but are given far less attention.
The story of three men's life-long search for a diet which is good for our health, good for the environment and good for the future of the planet. With the help of some innovative farmers and chefs, Planeat shows how the problems we face today can be solved without simply resorting to a diet of lentils and lettuce leaves.
Plant This Movie DVD 16184 2014; 84 minutes
Explore the international urban agricultural movement, which promotes urban farming as a means by which healthy, locally-grown food may become more widely available to people across the nation and around the world.
Hidden deep inside a massive mountain in inhospitable Spitsbergen is the most important vault in the world: the Global Seed Vault. It is 20 degrees below zero and the vault is able to withstand earthquakes, floods, missile attacks and nuclear disaster. It's Noah's Ark for our food production with the largest diversity in seeds from all over the world. The success of the vault also shows its downside. The increasing strategic importance of seed has given rise to the fundamental discussion on the question: who do the seeds belong to? Emerging economies regard their own seeds as a green gold mine for which others will have to pay, and large seed companies patent their latest seeds. The 'Doomsday Vault', as it is called today, and its worldwide mission is the life's work of the inspired American professor Cary Fowler. On the occasion of the vault's five-year anniversary, he met with an international management committee in Spitsbergen to discuss the deadlock. Seed Battles provides insight into the worldwide political and strategic game as it is being played.
Seed Warriors DVD 11265 2010; 52 minutes
Called both a "Doomsday Vault" and a library of life, the Svalbard Global Seed Vault is a collection of the seeds of thousands of different plant species, held in frozen reserve against the eventuality of ecological disaster or other means of crop extinction. This program spotlights scientists who are working with the Svalbard team to preserve Earth's biodiversity.
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. Filmed in Africa, China, Latin America, and the U.S., it examines issues involved in creating such a crisis, including the politics of food security and scarcity, declining food production, the need for increased production to meet population growth, the impact of genetically modified foods, water shortages, famine, food aid programs, the loss of crop land, national food production, distribution and export policies.
Seeds of Time DVD 16780 2014; 77 minutes
Follows Cary Fowler as he attempts to re-invent a global food system in order to make it sustainable by safeguarding the world's vulnerable gene banks.
Filmmaker Byron Hurt looks at the past and future of soul food, covering its roots in Western Africa, its incarnation in the American South, and the role it plays in the health crisis in the African American community. Examines the socioeconomics of the modern American diet, and how the food industry profits from producing cheap calories while healthy options remain expensive and hard to find.
Symphony of the Soil DVD 12878 2012; 104 minutes
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. Examine our relationship with soil, the use and misuse of soil in agriculture, deforestation and development, and the latest scientific research on soil's key role in ameliorating the most challenging environmental issues of our time. Filmed on four continents, featuring esteemed scientists and working farmers and ranchers.
Vanishing of the Bees DVD 10384 2010; 87 minutes
Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon threatens the loss of much more than honey as we depend on honeybees to pollinate one third of the food on our tables. This film chronicles the innermost thoughts and feelings of beekeepers and scientists as they fight to preserve the honeybee and make it through another day. Featuring experts like author Michael Pollan, the film also presents a platform of potential solutions.
Voices of Transition DVD 16499 2014; 66 minutes
Examine innovative solutions to the food security challenges increasingly facing humans across the world. Explore agroforestry models in France, permaculture and "Transition Town" initiatives in England, and the organic farming revolution in Cuba.
The World According to Monsanto DVD 5970 2008; 109 minutes
Calling on hitherto unpublished documents and first-hand accounts by victims, scientists and politicians, this film pieces together the story of the industrial giant that, thanks in part to government collusion, pressure tactics and attempted corruption, has become one of the world's leading seed manufacturers, spreading genetically modified crops world-wide without monitoring their effects on nature or human health.