A perfect storm is brewing as agriculture pioneer Cary Fowler races against time to protect the future of our food. Seed banks around the world are crumbling, crop failures are producing starvation and rioting, and the accelerating effects of climate change are affecting farmers globally. Communities of indigenous Peruvian farmers are already suffering those effects, as they try desperately to save over 1,500 varieties of native potato in their fields. But with little time to waste, both Fowler and the farmers embark on passionate and personal journeys that may save the one resource we cannot live without: our seeds.
Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis, best friends from college on the east coast, move to the heartland to learn where their food comes from. With the help of friendly neighbors, genetically modified seeds, and powerful herbicides, they plant and grow a bumper crop of America's most-productive, most-subsidized grain on one acre of Iowa soil. But when they try to follow their pile of corn into the food system, what they find raises troubling questions about how we eat, and how we farm.
This film unveils the intricate connections among community identity, family farming, national politics, and international trade. For 30 years, Oceana County Michigan has been the asparagus capital of the world. Now its residents and family farms take on the U.S. war on drugs, free trade, and a fast food nation, all to save their beloved roots.
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? The film digs deep with farmers, organic certifiers, scientists, and organic critics to explore the content beneath the label and the truth behind the marketing.
This search pulls up DVDs, streaming videos, and VHS tapes of documentary films with a keywords (urban) and (agriculture OR farm*). Materials are in DMC-Kline 4-west, Rovi, and online. Titles cover migrant farm workers, farm loss, urban agriculture/gardening initiatives, and international subsistence with growing ones' own food.