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Evolution of Organic

EVOLUTION OF ORGANIC 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. The movement grew from a small band of rebels to a cultural transformation in the way we grow and eat food. By now organic has mainstreamed, become both an industry oriented toward bringing organic to all people, and a movement that has realized a vision of sustainable agriculture.

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From Seed to Seed

When Terry and Monique left the opera to pursue their true passion—ecological, small-scale farming—their story of community and resilience took center stage. FROM SEED TO SEED follows their young family and a diverse group of farmers in Southern Manitoba, for a season of challenges and rewards. Scientists are working with these farmers using a blend of ancient traditions and cutting edge science to develop improved methods for growing food ecologically and in a changing climate. This hopeful story provides a Canadian perspective on a global social movement that regenerates the land, farming, and communities toward a healthier future for us all.

Living the Change: Inspiring Stories for a Sustainable Future

This documentary explores solutions to the global crises we face today – solutions any one of us can be part of – through the inspiring stories of people pioneering change in their own lives and in their communities in order to live in a sustainable and regenerative way. Directors Jordan Osmond and Antoinette Wilson have brought together stories from their travels, along with interviews with experts able to explain how we come to be where we are today. From forest gardens to composting toilets, community supported agriculture to timebanking, the film offers ways we can rethink our approach to how we live.

Cultivating Kids

On South Whidbey Island in the state of Washington, a school farm involves children from kindergarten through high school in every phase of raising organic vegetables as part of their school experience. Supported by local non-profits, community volunteers, and the school district, it shows that a garden can be a valuable addition to a school curriculum, while encouraging children to eat healthy food. The school farm sells local, organic produce to the school cafeterias and also supplies the local food bank and community nutrition programs with fresh organic produce throughout the growing

Homecoming: Indigenous youth return to the land

Many of the Indigenous youth in Indonesia have left their communities to study in the cities. Yet after their studies they have chosen to remain there rather than return home to their traditional lives. But the threat to their communities posed by deforestation, pollution, and land grabbing is giving rise to a homecoming movement. Their concern is that if the youth do not protect and manage their territories, who will?

As they return, they are bringing with them plans to use the land for herbal gardens and organic farming. As a result, land that had lain dormant could now be farmed in a new way. At the same time, their communities are exploring ecotourism, coffee plantations, keeping sheep, and replanting damaged forests with new seedlings. This new generation is aware of global warming and the harm it poses to their way of life and future generations, and they recognize how important it is to protect their territories and the planet.

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.

Insects To The Rescue

Are biopesticides - micro-organisms that fight pests naturally – the promise of a chemical-free agriculture? Farmers all over the world are converting to biopesticides, stimulated by scientific research that is opening up new perspectives. But is the technique risk-free for the environment? Invertebrates, insects, mites, fungi, bacteria, viruses … these living mini-organisms that scientists are studying in great detail worldwide, will here make light work of pests. Today they are our best hope of a pesticide-free agriculture that is so harmful to man and the environment. So are biopesticides revolutionary? In Europe, Brazil and India, millions of farmers have already adopted bioprotectors. Today, the agro-chemical industry is investing heavily in the sector, but promising as it is, the technique is still far from being infallible, and is not entirely devoid of risk to the ecosystem.

America Outdoors, LA: It's a Vibe, Combatting Outdoor Inequity

Trees are scarce in poorer neighborhoods. Florence Nishida works to change barren lots in West Adams into urban farmland. The community garden has no fence and contains over 115 fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Nishida discusses her connection to gardening. Distributed by PBS Distribution.

Going Green

Nicki Shields hosts Going Green: Part I, featuring ordinary people from around the globe making extraordinary differences in their communities. She tracks the Whitechapel Fatberg from the London sewers to Argent Energy, where it is converted to biofuel, and taken back to the city to fuel public buses. Experience the Ramsey's journey on the Mongol Rally route, traveling 10,000 miles and producing no emissions. Meet Anton Mzimba, a wildlife ranger that risks his life every day to protect endangered wildlife. Watch Ugo Vallauri, co-founder of the Restart Project, teach others how to repair electronics. Learn how Mary Mattingly's SWALE project aspires to convert New York city's public spaces to community gardens. See Mr. Sariban, Trash Vigilante, pick up garbage and preach environmental activism on the streets of Bandung.

Protecting pollinators : nurturing sustainable communities with pollinator gardens

Without pollinators, like bees and butterflies, the world would be a dull and bland place. How can we make sure these creatures are always fluttering, soaring, and buzzing around us? And how does their presence make our communities more sustainable overall? Join us for a conversation about turning areas historically dominated by invasive species into vibrant pollinator habitats. See why these pollinators are so important not just to our natural world, but to our local neighborhoods as well. And, get perspectives from project leaders that successfully created thriving pollinator gardens in their local communities.

My Garden of a Thousand Bees

A story of surprise and revelation. A wildlife cameraman spends his time during the pandemic lockdown filming the bees in his urban garden and discovers the many diverse species and personalities that exist in this insect family.


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