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Junk Food Junkie


Junk Food Junkie



JUNK FOOD JUNKIE: THE EFFECTS OF DIET ON HEALTH

What kids put in their mouths does make a differences how they look, feel, grow and perform. This program helps students realize the far-reaching effects of their eating habits, analyzes the dangers of fast food and teaches them how to choose wisely between empty calories and nutritious foods that promote healthy looks, energy and strength. Talks about the body's need for vitamins and minerals and their effects versus the effects of fats, sugar and cholesterol. Makes the point that eating right can have short-term as well as long-range benefits.

Item no.: TM00140476
Format: DVD
Duration: 68 minutes
Copyright: 1997
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Price: USD 99.00

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PLANEAT

Directed by Shelley Lee Davies, Or Shlomi

Makes the case for a plant-based diet which is good for our bodies, good for the environment and mitigates climate change.

Where have we gone wrong? Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and the forests being cut down as we produce the food necessary to support our burgeoning populations?

Against a backdrop of colorful and delicious food grown by organic farmers and prepared in the kitchens of world-famous chefs, PLANEAT for the first time brings together the ground-breaking studies of three prominent scientists who have made it their life's work to answer these questions. Dr. T. Colin Campbell in China by exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's use of nutrition to treat chronically ill heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel's investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, wasteful land use and lifeless oceans.

PLANEAT inspires you to make the right food choices: choices that can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, protect our environment and make our planet sustainable while celebrating the joys of food.

Reviews
  • "A beautifully filmed discussion of the impact of a high-meat diet on our environment, our climate, and our health." - Peter Singer, Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University

  • "Should be compulsory viewing." - The Herald

  • "Utterly compelling." - Empire Magazine

    Item no.: TM01110804
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 72 minutes
    Copyright: 2011
    StdBkNo: 1594587310
    Price: USD 295.00

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    TRUCK FARM

    Directed by Ian Cheney

    Blending seriousness and whimsy, filmmaker Ian Cheney explores the promise and perils of urban farming.

    TRUCK FARM tells the story of a new generation of American farmers. Using green roof technology and heirloom seeds, filmmaker Ian Cheney plants a vegetable garden on the only land he's got: his Granddad's old pickup. Once the mobile garden begins to sprout, viewers are trucked across New York to see the city's funkiest urban farms, and to find out if America's largest city can learn to feed itself.

    Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, TRUCK FARM entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable. Featuring nutritionist Marion Nestle, chef Dan Barber, explorer Henry Hudson and a very lonely seagull.

    Reviews
  • "Alternately giddy and pragmatic, Truck Farm makes the best sales pitch for grow-your-own I've ever seen. A must-see for anyone interested in agricultural empowerment and diversity." - Dr. Warren Belasco, Professor, American Studies, University of Maryland, Author, Food: The Key Concepts, Editor, Food, Culture and Society

  • "Truck Farm illustrates a rebirth of interest among young people in agriculture. With passion and ingenuity, you can find a way to farm anywhere." - Dr. Joseph Heckman, Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University

  • "This film is so mind altering, you will never look at an empty space the same way again, no matter how small!" Laurie David, Author, The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time, Producer, An Inconvenient Truth

    Awards
  • Audience Award & Jury Award, Green Film Festival, Seoul
  • Most Uplifting Film Award, Cinema Verde Environmental Film Festival
  • Jury Honorable Mention, Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival

    Item no.: DL02790795
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 48 minutes
    Copyright: 2010
    StdBkNo: 159458821X
    Price: USD 250.00

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    DIRT! THE MOVIE

    Directed by Bill Benenson and Gene Rosow

    The story of Earth's most valuable and underappreciated source of fertility, from its miraculous beginning to its crippling degradation.

    Dirt! The Movie introduces viewers to dirt's fascinating history. Four billion years of evolution have created the dirt that recycles our water, gives us food, provides us shelter, and that can be used as a source of medicine, beauty and culture.

    However, people have become greedy and careless, endangering this vital living resource with destructive methods of agriculture, mining practices, and urban development. The word dirt has become "dirty". This abusive behavior has yielded catastrophic results, which the film does not shy away from: mass starvation, drought, floods and global warming.

    Dirt! The Movie proves that times are changing. More than 25 renowned global visionaries in countries around the world are discovering new ways of thinking as they come together to repair this natural resource with practical, viable solutions. These participants include Bill Logan, Andy Lipkis, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Fritjof Capra, Pierre Rabhi, Wangari Maathai, Wes Jackson and Majora Carter.

    To capture these prescient people and their inspiring stories, the production team filmed in more than 20 locations, including Argentina, Brazil, France, India, Kenya, and several regions of the United States.

    On their journey, the filmmakers found:
  • farmers and agronomists re-discovering sustainable agriculture
  • tiny villages standing up for their right to feed their families
  • scientists discovering connections with soil that can help reduce global warming including ways to generate electricity from soils and sediments
  • inmates finding inner peace and job skills in a prison horticulture program
  • children uncovering the secrets of soil fertility and eating from edible schoolyards.

    Dirt! The Movie uncovers the surprising ways we can repair our relationship with dirt and create new possibilities for all life on earth. You may never look at the ground beneath your feet quite the same.

    Reviews
  • "A great way to introduce people to the importance of healthy soil." - Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott, Washington State University

  • "A strong call to renew our ties with the land and protect life-sustaining dirt." - Booklist

  • "Clearly, dirt doesn't enjoy a good name--just think of 'dirt poor' and 'dirty jokes.' Yet in filmmakers Bill Benenson and Gene Roscow's Dirt! The Movie...dirt emerges as one of the noblest substances on earth...Highly recommended." - Video Librarian

    Awards
  • Best Film for Our Future, Mendocino Film Festival
  • Best Green Documentary, Maui Film Festival
  • Best Documentary, Visions/Voices, Eckerd College Environmental Film Festival

    Item no.: SN01110635
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 80 minutes
    Copyright: 2009
    StdBkNo: 1594589402
    Price: USD 359.00

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    KING CORN (CLASSROOM VERSION)

    Directed by Aaron Woolf

    Classroom version of classic film about how two friends uncover the devastating impact of corn on the environment, public health and family farms.

    KING CORN is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.

    In KING CORN, 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.

    Features Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Earl Butz, former US Secretary of Agriculture.

    This disc also includes the new companion film, BIG RIVER, on the environmental consequences of industrial agriculture.

    Reviews
  • "An excellent introduction to any course on food and agriculture in the United States." - Lawrence Busch, Director, Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards, Michigan State University

  • "Excellent job...Highly appropriate for courses on the culture and politics of food, health or agriculture." - Deeadra Brown, CUNY, Anthropology Review Database

  • "Easy to watch and interwoven with quirky animation; recommended for any library, but especially those in areas with a high interest in sustainability and environmentalism." - Library Journal

    Item no.: KT02560636
    Format: DVD (Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 50 minutes
    Copyright: 2009
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    Price: USD 295.00

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    WHAT'S ON YOUR PLATE?

    Directed by Catherine Gund

    A witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics.

    What's On Your Plate? Is a witty and provocative documentary about kids and food politics. Over the course of one year, the film follows two eleven-year-old multiracial city kids as they explore their place in the food chain. Sadie and Safiyah talk to food activists, farmers, and storekeepers, as they address questions regarding the origin of the food they eat, how it's cultivated, and how many miles it travels from farm to fork.

    Sadie and Safiyah visit supermarkets, fast food chains, and school lunchrooms. But they also check out innovative sustainable food system practices by going to farms, greenmarkets, and community supported agriculture (CSA) programs. They discover that these options have a number of positive effects: they are good for the environment, help struggling farmers survive, and provide affordable, locally grown food to communities, especially lower-income urban families.

    The film culminates with a delicious local meal cooked by the girls and friends they have made along the way. Sadie and Safiyah formulate sophisticated and compassionate opinions about urban sustainability, and by doing so inspire hope and active engagement in others.

    Reviews
  • "Exactly the film we need right now." Michael Pollan, author, In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilemma

  • "What's On Your Plate? Is exactly the film we need right now." - Michael Pollan, Author, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

  • "This movie can have a real impact on the way we think about what we're eating." - Alice Waters, chef, author and founder of the Edible Schoolyard

    Item no.: RW02790625
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 76 minutes
    Copyright: 2009
    StdBkNo: 1594589011
    Price: USD 295.00

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    GOOD FOOD

    An intimate look at the farmers, ranchers, and businesses that are creating a more sustainable food system in the Pacific Northwest.

    Directed by Mark Dworkin, Melissa Young
    Editor: Mark Dworkin
    Screenwriter: Melissa Young, Mark Dworkin
    Cinematographer: Mark Dworkin
    Music: Jami Sieber, Mark Graham, Los Emocionantes, Jack Knauer Band

    Something remarkable is happening in the fields and orchards of the Pacific Northwest. After leaving the land for decades, family farmers are making a comeback. They are growing much healthier food, and more food per acre, while using less energy and water than factory farms. And most of this food is organic.

    For decades Northwest agriculture was focused on a few big crops for export. But climate change and the end of cheap energy mean that each region needs to produce more of its own food and to grow it more sustainably. Good Food visits farmers, farmers' markets, distributors, stores, restaurants and public officials who are developing a more sustainable food system for all.

    Reviews
  • "Offers a celebration of those working to turn things around and make them right." - Seattle International Film Festival

  • "Couldn't be more timely! A film made to awaken our taste buds and our courage -- to create a food system aligned with what the earth needs and what our bodies yearn for. GOOD FOOD shows us it's possible. It's happening!" - Frances Moore Lappe, author, Diet for a Small Planet, Hope's Edge

  • "Exhilarating...Chronicles a veritable revolution going on all around us...This one is not out to scare us with an environmental horror story so much as to inspire us." - William Arnold, Seattle Post- Intelligencer

  • "A must-see...It boldly pulls the viewer into the extremely broad and complex landscape of organic food production. Incorporating health and economic impacts in an assessment of our methods of food production and consumption makes this film especially powerful." - Laura Skelton, Program Director, Facing the Future

  • "The film visits many of the pioneers in the movement to 're-localize' our food system and documents, first hand, the tremendous grassroots work that is being done here in the Northwest." - Mary Embleton, Executive Director, Cascade Harvest Coalition

  • "Not only does the film convey the ingenious methods of some of the sustainable producers, but it also shows innovative ways they are marketing their products to help sustain themselves as family farmers." - Maurice Robinette, Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network

  • "Captures the joy and creativity of the northwest's sustainable farming community, and the love they have for their work. It looks at the deep human connections created through food, both to other people and to the earth." - On Screen Magazine

  • "Makes the important personal connection between the source and your table." -21 Acres

  • "After watching this documentary you will be moved to cook and to eat well!" - Sound Food

  • "Excellent, straightforward...does an especially good job showing what the face of small farms and markets look like today." - Edible Seattle

    Awards
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford
  • Black Bear Film Festival

    Item no.: GH01110574
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 73 minutes
    Copyright: 2008
    StdBkNo: 1594587868
    Price: USD 275.00

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    LIFE 6: RUNNING ON EMPTY

    Highlights the plight of two young mothers-one in South Wales and the other in Northern Ethiopia.

    Series Editor: Steve Bradshaw
    Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

    In this film, Life highlights the plight of two young mothers living in two very different societies. Dawn lives in South Wales, in one of the poorest districts in the European Union, where over a quarter of all children live in poverty. She has a partner and three children. Her youngest child is David who is one year old. Asemu lives in northern Ethiopia where most of the people are farmers who cannot produce enough food to live on. She has a partner and two children; the youngest Mikiray is eight months old. Both Dawn and Asemu are 22 years old.

    David and Mikiray are both at a crucial stage in their development where a healthy diet is fundamental to preventing lifelong problems linked to malnutrition. Both women are aware that their children's diets are poor and that their health is suffering because of this. Asemu's eldest child Bayou is small and seriously underweight with chronic health issues. Dawn's youngest child David is not too small or underweight, but she recognises that she feeds him fatty foods because they are cheaper.


    Item no.: CY02560583
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 25 minutes
    Copyright: 2008
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    Price: USD 195.00

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    WEATHER THE STORM: THE FIGHT TO STAY LOCAL IN THE GLOBAL FISHERY

    Fishing communities on France's western coast show the path to sustainability.

    Directed by Charles Menzies and Jennifer Rashleigh

    In today's global economy, the world's ocean resources are being hit hard. Enormous industrial "floating factories" follow the fish wherever they are abundant, and move on when they have plundered the fish stocks. In the process, they squeeze the life out of small and local fishing communities.

    The fishing communities of the Bigouden, on France's rugged Western coast, are determined to fight back. From the Paris fish riots of 1991, to the newly formed World Forum for Fish Harvesters, these small town fishermen have launched a sophisticated and multi-faceted strategy to stay small and successful in the face of global competition.

    Filmed in ports from Western Canada to France, from Scotland to Senegal, Weather The Storm introduces viewers to the logic underlying both industrial and artisanal fishing economies. It provides compelling evidence for the environmental and socio-economic benefits of staying small and local. Although the battle to save the oceans is often publicly waged between environmentalists and corporations, this film gives voice to an important group who just may have the solutions we need: the small-scale artisanal fishers.

    Reviews
  • "Argue[s] that 'choosing to stay local is the best way to stay sustainable.'" - Dr. Courtney Carothers, University of Alaska Fairbanks

  • "Weather the Storm tells the story of local fishers everywhere under pressure. By taking a stand against industrial fleets that devastate fish stocks worldwide, fishers on the western coast of France may have just the solutions we need to save fish, fishers, and their communities." - James R. Karr, Professor Emeritus, Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, University of Washington

    Item no.: GT02790604
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 36 minutes
    Copyright: 2008
    StdBkNo: 1594587841
    Price: USD 225.00

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    ALL IN THIS TEA

    Crusading American tea importer, David Lee Hoffman, supports China's endangered organic farmers by searching out fine, chemical-free teas.

    The latest film from distinguished documentarian Les Blank, in collaboration with co-director Gina Leibrecht, follows American tea importer David Lee Hoffman to some of the most remote regions of China in search of the world's finest teas.

    Hoffman is obsessed; during his youth he spent four years with Tibetan monks in Nepal, which included a friendship with the Dalai Lama, and was introduced to some of the finest of teas. Unable to find anything but insipid tea bags in the U.S., Hoffman began traveling to China, the homeland of tea. There, he struggles against language barriers and Byzantine business codes to convince the Chinese that the farmers make better tea than the factories and that their craft should be honored and preserved.

    This craft can not be learned from a book, but has been handed down through generations of tea makers for thousands of years. He drags the reluctant tea factory aficionados up a lush, terraced mountainside and brings them face to face with those "dirty" farmers. In an ironic twist, Hoffman reintroduces them to one of their country's oldest traditions.

    But Hoffman is even a step ahead of his own country in that he is advocating "fair trade" and organics. Images of the farmers standing on urban street corners selling a week's harvest for three dollars, in the shadow of China's increasing number of high rises, illustrate the paradox that stepping into the modern world imposes.

    Tea experts James Norwood Pratt, Gaetano Kazuo Maida, and Winnie W. Yu provide the fundamentals of tea, lending weight to Hoffman's endeavor.

    Reviews
  • "Packs in more information (not to mention pleasure) per celluloid foot than just about anything you'll see this year fiction or non." - Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian

  • "An entertaining portrait of an eccentric figure whose singular passion proves infectious." - The Hollywood Reporter

  • "This film is a labor of love by Les Blank and Gina Leibrecht, and is a gentle, poetic film about one man's passion for tea." - Alex Lee, New Zealand International Documentary Film Festival

  • "Packs in more information (not to mention pleasure) per celluloid foot than just about anything you'll see this year fiction or non." - Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian

  • "A delightful ode." - Jeffrey M. Anderson, Cinematical.com

    Item no.: VE01110605
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 70 minutes
    Copyright: 2007
    StdBkNo: 1594588953
    Price: USD 275.00

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    CUBA: THE ACCIDENTAL REVOLUTION - PT. 1: SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

    Examines Cuba's response to the food crisis created by the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in 1989.

    Sustainable Agriculture examines Cuba's response to the food crisis created by the collapse of the Soviet Bloc in 1989. At one time Cuba's agrarian culture was as conventional as the rest of the world. It experienced its first "Green Revolution" when Russia was supplying Cuba with chemical and mechanical "inputs." However, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 ended all of that, and almost overnight threw Cuba's whole economic system into crisis. Factories closed, food supplies plummeted. Within a year the country had lost over 80% of its foreign trade. With the loss of their export markets and the foreign exchange to pay for imports, Cuba was unable to feed its population and the country was thrown into a crisis. The average daily caloric intake of Cubans dropped by a third.

    Without fertilizer and pesticides, Cubans turned to organic methods. Without fuel and machinery parts, Cubans turned to oxen. Without fuel to transport food, Cubans started to grow food in the cities where it is consumed. Urban gardens were established in vacant lots, school playgrounds, patios and back yards. As a result Cuba created the largest program in sustainable agriculture ever undertaken. By 1999 Cuba's agricultural production had recovered and in some cases reached historic levels.

    Reviews
  • "Anyone interested in ecologically sustainable development and humanity's future in the context of depleting resources in the 20th Century will find this documentary thought provoking." - Gregory Biniowsky, Canadian Development and the Environment Consultant living in Cuba

  • "If necessity is the mother of invention, then this vivid and beautifully filmed documentary shows how the Cuban people have faced adversity and austerity with a dogged inventiveness since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the start of the "special period" beginning in 1990. The film will be especially useful and instructive for viewers looking to solve the riddle of how Cuba has survived a depression-like upheaval while struggling to maintain enviable standards of social security for its people." - Ted Henken, Ph.D., Sociology Department, Baruch College and Board Member, Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy

    Item no.: PG02790367
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Copyright: 2006
    StdBkNo: 1594586748
    Price: USD 250.00

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    CUBA: THE ACCIDENTAL REVOLUTION - PT. 2: HEALTH CARE SYSTEM

    In spite of the economic crisis and US embargo, the Cuban health system is an outstanding success story around the world.

    In Health Care System we learn that Cuba has been blockaded since 1961, but today Cuba has the highest quality of life in the region, the highest life expectancy, and one of the highest literacy rates in all of Latin America.

    With the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, Cuba lost the foreign exchange needed to pay for expensive drugs and medicines. As a result, much of Cuba's medicine today is based on medicinal plants. These are grown on farms, processed in small labs and made available to patients through an extensive network of medical clinics. Today Cuba's advances in alternative medicine could have important consequences for other countries around the world.

    Cuba boasts other firsts as well: The Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana is regarded as the flagship biosciences lab in the developing world. Cuban scientists are working on an HIV vaccine, a meningitis vaccine, a Hepatitis C vaccine, and other pharmaceuticals.

    Cuba has also embarked on a program of medical internationalism. There are 25,000 Cuba doctors serving in 68 poor countries around the world. The Latin American School of Medical Science has 10,000 students from developing countries primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. They are educated for free with the understanding they will return to their home countries to practice.

    Reviews
  • "Anyone interested in ecologically sustainable development and humanity's future in the context of depleting resources in the 20th Century will find this documentary thought provoking." - Gregory Biniowsky, Canadian Development and the Environment Consultant living in Cuba

  • "If necessity is the mother of invention, then this vivid and beautifully filmed documentary shows how the Cuban people have faced adversity and austerity with a dogged inventiveness since the collapse of the Soviet Union and the start of the "special period" beginning in 1990. The film will be especially useful and instructive for viewers looking to solve the riddle of how Cuba has survived a depression-like upheaval while struggling to maintain enviable standards of social security for its people." - Ted Henken, Ph.D., Sociology Department, Baruch College and Board Member, Association for the Study of the Cuban Economy

    Item no.: RG01110368
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Copyright: 2006
    StdBkNo: 1594586764
    Price: USD 250.00

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    KING CORN (ORIGINAL VERSION)

    By growing an acre of corn in Iowa two friends uncover the devastating impact that corn is having on the environment, public health and family farms.

    KING CORN is a feature documentary about two friends, one acre of corn, and the subsidized crop that drives our fast-food nation.

    In KING CORN, 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.

    Features Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, and Earl Butz, former US Secretary of Agriculture.

    Reviews
  • "If we are what we eat, we are corn -- the modern staff of life. In a gentle but extraordinarily subversive narrative, King Corn skillfully takes us through the industrial food chain, from field to plate. All actors in this story receive compassionate treatment -- from Iowa farmers and Colorado cattlemen to diabetic New Yorkers and an engaging Earl Butz, the former USDA Secretary who advocated maximum production, damn the consequences. There are no 'bad guys' here. And yet, the net result is a devastating sketch of a food production system that is economically, ecologically, and medically unsustainable. How did we ever get into such a fix?" - Warren Belasco, Professor of American Studies, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Author, Meals to Come: A History of the Future of Food

  • "King Corn not only describes the debilitating industrialized agriculture system in which farmers are caught, it also reveals a food system that is not serving us citizen-eaters well. The 'cheap food' provided by our industrialized food system may turn out to be very expensive when all of the costs are considered. This film will encourage many citizens and organizations to become engaged in the food debate that has already begun in many sectors of our society and to join with others who are already part of that debate, to change the policies which, as the film points out, helped to create this food system in the first place. Everyone should see this film." - Frederick Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture and President of Kirschenmann Family Farms

  • "In this well-crafted film Ian and Curt set off to fulfill their 'dream of fields,' by farming one acre of corn in Iowa. They use that experience to explore the entire corn commodity chain from inputs all the way through to final consumption. Along the way they discover the many successes and failures brought about by the dominance of corn as the basic feedstock for most of the foods we eat. Thus, in a straightforward manner the film displays the tapestry that weaves together overproduction, farm payments, ever-growing farm size, rural depopulation, animal antibiotic use, obesity, and diabetes. I would recommend this film as an excellent introduction to any course on food and agriculture in the United States. Indeed, anyone interested in understanding the problems inherent in corn farming in mid- America-in fact, anyone who eats-should see this film." - Lawrence Busch, University Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Sociology, Director, Institute for Food and Agricultural Standards, Michigan State University

  • "The molecules in most Americans' bodies come more from corn than from any other source; at the same time that it has made us fat, corn monoculture has impoverished the American landscape more than any other organism. And yet, until the filming of King Corn, few Americans had a means to understand why their addiction to high-fructose corn sweeteners is the greatest threat to their health and to the health of rural communities and their landscapes. This film should be seen by every farmer, consumer and student who still believes that America has been made beautiful by our 'amber waves of grain.'" - Gary Nabhan, Author, Coming Home to Eat, Founder, Renewing America's Food Traditions initiative

  • "The somewhat goofy premise of two East Coast 20-somethings heading to Iowa to farm a single acre of corn actually works, and it works well. Students will be pulled in by Ian and Curt's curiosity and doggedness on their mission to understand how corn becomes us. Along the way, we learn quite a bit about the current realities of Midwest crop farming, decline and resilience in rural America, and the contradictory and disturbing implications of U.S. commodity subsidy policy in shaping the options and outcomes of our food system. King Corn presents a compelling mix of experts and regulars with clarity and compassion. It generates enough laughs to be fun, while also stimulating serious thinking about the important topic of how farm practices and policies influence the food we eat." - Clare Hinrichs, Associate Professor of Rural Sociology, Penn State University

  • "No doubt inspired to some degree by Super Size Me this equally engaging, slightly better-crafted docu deftly balances humor and insight...arresting factoids are delivered by helmer Aaron Woolf and collaborators in a package that's as agreeable as it is informative. Subjects' low-key antics, their affectionate regard for the small-town milieu, some delightful stop-motion animation and an excellent rootsy soundtrack by the WoWz all make "King Corn" go down easy, even if you might regard your burger, fries and Coke with suspicion afterward. Handsome lensing and Jeffrey K. Miller's sharp editing are also worthy of note." - Dennis Harvey, Variety

  • "The press materials for "King Corn" trumpet it as a cross between "Sicko" and "Super Size Me," but the film's protagonists, Mr. Ellis and his college friend, Ian Cheney, come off as genial searchers rather than driven interrogators...In the film, Mr. Butz is treated as respectfully as Iowa's plain-spoken farmers, and the golden fields of corn are shot to evoke their majesty. If the filmmakers are going to point any fingers, they say, they will start with themselves." - Joe Drape, The New York Times

  • "King Corn is as relevant as Super Size Me and as important as An Inconvenient Truth in the recent rash of documentaries that challenge our perceptions of daily life in America." - The Austin Chronicle

  • "An enormously entertaining moral, socio-economic odyssey (and statistical bonanza) through the American food industry. Ellis, Cheney, and Aaron Woolf's documentary is clear-minded and fair, but just damningly descriptive enough to leave you distrustful of everything on your plate." - William Morris, The Boston Globe

  • "Gorgeously filmed in digital video and Super-8, using clever stop-motion corn kernel animation and a lyrical score by the "anti-folk" band the WoWz, "King Corn" takes what could be a tiresome agri-civics lesson and delivers a lively, funny, sad and even poetic treatise on the reality behind America's cherished self-image as the breadbasket of the world...It should be required viewing before going into a supermarket, McDonald's or your very own refrigerator." - Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

  • "Where this documentary distinguishes itself, however, is in the unusual amount of warmth it lets into the mix. Cheney and Ellis are both funny and completely unthreatening, which does not mean toothless. Like his stars, Woolf treats both friend and foe (including farm-subsidies inventor Earl Butz) with respect, refraining from sarcasm, superiority, or ambush. "King Corn" insists that we recognize the Corn Belt's beauty and intelligence along with its somewhat self-induced plight." - Janice Page, The Boston Globe

  • "A deceptively intelligent new entry in the regular- Joe documentary genre...a graceful and frequently humorous film that captures the idiosyncrasies of its characters and never hectors." - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com

  • "This is a twofold journey: the story of how two college buddies learned about their agricultural heritage, and the tale of how kernels of corn have insidiously worked their way into America's diet-through the cows who are literally overdosing on the stuff...and the soft drinks sweetened with a syrup that the men find impossible to manufacture in a kitchen without damned near blowing up the house. A worthy companion piece to Super Size Me and Fast Food Nation...King Corn will put you off corn for a long, long time, but this is as much a thoughtful meditation on the plight of the American farmer as it is a rant against our expanding waistlines." - Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice

  • "The secret history of a ubiquitous grain...King Corn is penetrating and graceful, an uproariously funny and unexpectedly moving look at America's food supply, and especially at the massive corn-farming operations that have come to dominate the placid landscapes of the American Midwest." - The Isthmus (Madison, WI)

  • "A jauntily hip analysis of the path corn takes from Iowa cornfields to the ultimate ruination of agriculture and American health, King Corn follows in the Morgan Spurlock school with added delight and stop-motion animation. Corn can be funny, it turns out, even if it is destroying us all." - Toronto Eye Weekly

  • "One of the film's great strengths is the apparent warmth of relationships these guys have created with the locals of Greene, Iowa. Locals think these two kids are a bit crazy to farm a single acre in a place where 500-acre plantings seem small, but are happy to share their lives with them in a very authentic way. To their vast credit, the filmmakers never score cheap points by painting the locals as bumpkins. While primarily about the food system, King Corn also documents friendship. The film is sweet but not sugary, earnest and open-minded, and more than a little bit tragic." - Grist Magazine

  • "King Corn will put you off corn for a long, long time; that Coke can will start looking like a hand grenade after a while, and, really, forget that burger for now. But this is as much a thoughtful meditation on the plight of the American farmer as it is a rant against our expanding waistlines. Amazing how something so small as a kernel of corn wound up as dangerous as it is delicious." - City Pages (Minneapolis)

  • "Engaging and illuminating...While there have been good documentaries-"Super Size Me" comes to mind-illustrating the link between America's infatuation with junk food and the rapid rise in obesity, "King Corn" takes a fresh angle on the subject...the filmmakers show how seeds planted in soil in America's heartland end up widening Americans' girth-and how much of the food we eat is part of a huge, unseen and not always pretty assembly line." - Meg Jones, Milwaukee Sentinel Journal

  • "KING CORN may take a whimsical approach to its subject matter, the impact of corn on the American economy and population, but it's deadly serious when it comes to pondering its implications. Expanding waistlines, the demise of the family farm, and what exactly goes into high fructose corn syrup all come into play as the law of unintended consequences rears its ugly head, snarls and turns us into a population of corn people. Literally...When stridency can be the easiest path for a compelling film, it is the determination to remain civil that is as impressive as its meticulous scholarship. KING CORN, is a bittersweet paean to a lost way of life and eating. While being entertaining and even a little mischievous, it finds perverse outcomes, but no villains. It is informative, without creating partisanship, respectful without being patronizing, entertaining without being dumbed-down." - Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews

  • "Ellis and Cheney have found an engaging way of getting an important point across: economic forces are driving the American food market and the direction of the drive is not based on nutrition. It is based on cheap food; and the fact that much of that food is unhealthy does not enter into the calculation. Like automobiles, the petrochemical industry, air pollution and global warming, the societal impacts of the corn chain from genetic engineering through pesticides and processing don't get dialed into the overall profit equation. The profit is in dollars to those who invest in the stock market. The price is paid by those who work with the toxins and those who live on the resulting faux food. A fun film with a message, "King Corn" may be one of those great movies that gets seen most by the wrong people." - Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics

  • "A funny, charming and informative film that sees corn as the nexus of diet, politics, cultural tradition and what used to be called the American way of life...There are interviews, imaginative graphics and, everywhere, a sense of fun and learning...the film always teaches and entertains in equal, ample measure. It's a treat -- and it's good for you." - Shawn Levy, The Oregonian

  • "King Corn makes its points without much finger-wagging...It will, however, get you thinking about all that corn, and why such a low-nutrition, high-subsidy crop has become so ubiquitous in the American diet." - Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

  • "King Corn reveals the surprisingly destructive and direct impact of corn processing on the environment, agriculture, and ultimately, the individual." - Institute for Integrative Nutrition

  • "A remarkable new film...Not since the Meatrix have food issues so complex been so masterfully made plain." - Gabrielle Langholtz, Edible Brooklyn

  • "Simultaneously nostalgic and sinister, "King Corn" mixes full-blown Americana with fast-food follies in the Iowa heartland. By the time this documentary is over, you'll wonder if there's any real difference between "corn-fed" and "diabetic."" - John Hartl, Seattle Times

    Awards
  • National PBS Broadcast on "Independent Lens"
  • Best Documentary, BendFilm Festival
  • Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Film Festival
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • South by Southwest Film Festival
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
  • Chicago International Documentary Film Festival
  • True/False Documentary Film Festival
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Sydney Film Festival
  • Wisconsin Film Festival
  • Rural Route Film Festival
  • Camden International Film Festival
  • Independent Film Festival of Boston
  • Ozone Film Festival
  • RiverRun International Film Festival
  • Milwaukee International Film Festival
  • Israel Eco Cinema
  • Princeton Environmental Film Festival
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

    Item no.: CL02560426
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 90 minutes
    Copyright: 2006
    StdBkNo: 1594587019
    Price: USD 295.00

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    MYPYRAMID: SIMPLE STEPS TO HEALTHY LIVING

    Learn how the USDA MyPyramid food guidelines can help every individual achieve the right balance of proper nutrition and exercise. Explore the six basic food groups and see how families make sure they eat enough whole grains, fruits, and vegetables.

    Item no.: KU07980796
    Format: DVD (Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Copyright: 2006
    StdBkNo: 9781607118701
    Price: USD 90.00

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    THIS IS EMILY YEUNG: LET'S GET COOKIN'

    Emily tries her hand at making a variety of delicious foods in the kitchen.

    In this new 13-part series, six-year-old Emily Yeung takes on the world with her own unique perspective. She's joined on her adventures by everyone from snake handlers to professional basketball players; from stuffed animal makers to pineapple upside-down cake bakers. Whoever her guest may be, inquisitive Emily is always up for a new experience or challenge.

    Each segment is six minutes long and they have been aggregated thematically into 13 half-hour episodes, each with 5 separate segments.

    There is a companion interactive website to enhance and further the Emily Yeung experience.

    The five 6 minute segments in Let's Get Cookin' are:

    1) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG MAKING AN UPSIDE-DOWN PINEAPPLE CAKE-Emily Yeung joins a cake-maker to learn how to make a cake with her favorite fruit! She also solves the mystery of why it is called "upside-down" when you eat it right side up!

    2) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG MAKING JUICE-Emily Yeung can't wait to use the big juicing machine when she visits a local juice restaurant. Emily makes a tasty healthy drink treat!

    3) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG MAKING STRAWBERRY JAM There are two things Emily Yeung loves: strawberries and strawberries in ice cream. Emily goes strawberry picking and makes jam from what she collects.

    4) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG BAKING BREAD Emily Yeung visits a Pioneer Village and learns how people baked bread in the past. Emily mixes all the ingredients, kneads the dough and helps put the bread in an old fashioned stove.

    5) THIS IS EMILY YEUNG MAKING MUFFINS-Emily Yeung joins a baker to make one of her favorite breakfast treats...muffins!


    Item no.: MT02560495
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Copyright: 2006
    StdBkNo: 1594587280
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    FRANKENSTEER

    Investigates the dangers to human health posed by feedlot-raised beef.

    "When you bring a package of hamburger home from a supermarket, you have to treat it as toxic material." - Mike McBane, Canadian Health Coalition

    FRANKENSTEER is a disturbing yet compelling documentary that reveals how the ordinary cow is being transformed into an antibiotic dependent, hormone-laced potential carrier of toxic bacteria, all in the name of cheaper food.

    The beef industry, supported by North American government agencies and pharmaceutical companies, has engaged in an on-going experiment to create the perfect food machine to increase speed of production and reduce the cost of manufacture. But there is a price in producing a cheap industrial product. This benign, grazing herbivore has undergone a radical rethinking in how it's raised, fed and slaughtered, including recent changes in inspection rules have shifted the responsibility for food safety from government inspectors to the people on the floor who do the slaughtering and packing.

    FRANKENSTEER reveals some startling facts. Every year 50% of the total tonnage of antibiotics used in Canada ends up in livestock. And every year cattle raised in massive feedlots are routinely dosed with antibiotics even if they are not sick. For public health safety reasons during the current BSE (Mad Cow disease) crisis, North American health officials have labeled certain parts of the cow as bio-hazardous products and have ordered that they be handled accordingly.

    And consumers, by and large, are totally unaware of the dangers lurking in their beloved steaks, ribs and, most especially, hamburgers.

    Review
  • "This is not a pro-vegetarian propaganda film, although the troubling revelations certainly inspire a meat-free lifestyle...This documentary serves up a stockpile of disturbing information from sources on all sides of the cattle fence, including an agricultural research scientist, feedlot operators, an agricultural economist, organic farmers, veterinarians and Health Canada officials...The low-budget, straightforward production avoids in-your-face pandering, choosing instead to lay out the details with a simple, no-frills approach." Edmonton Sun

    Awards
  • Best Nature/Environment Film, Yorkton Short Film & Video Festival
  • Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival

    Item no.: TC01110126
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 45 minutes
    Copyright: 2005
    StdBkNo: 1594583455
    Price: USD 250.00

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    MCLIBEL: TWO PEOPLE WHO WOULDN'T SAY SORRY

    The new feature-length version and final chapter in the saga of the postman and the gardener who took on McDonald's. And won.

    McLIBEL is the story of two ordinary people who humbled McDonald's in the biggest corporate PR disaster in history.

    McDonald's loved using the UK libel laws to suppress criticism. Major media organizations like the BBC and The Guardian crumbled and apologized. Then they sued gardener Helen Steel and postman Dave Morris. In the longest trial in English legal history, the "McLibel Two" represented themselves against McDonald's ˘G10 million legal team. Every aspect of the corporation's business was cross-examined: from junk food and McJobs, to animal cruelty, environmental damage and advertising to children. Outside the courtroom, Dave brought up his young son alone and Helen supported herself working nights in a bar. McDonald's tried every trick in the book against them. Legal maneuvers. A visit from Ronald McDonald. Top executives flying to London for secret settlement negotiations. Even spies.

    Seven years later, in February 2005, the marathon legal battle finally concluded at the European Court of Human Rights. And the result took everyone by surprise-especially the British Government.

    McLIBEL is not about hamburgers. It is about the importance of freedom of speech now that multinational corporations are more powerful than countries.

    Filmed over ten years by no-budget Director Franny Armstrong, McLIBEL is the David and Goliath story of two people who refused to say sorry. And in doing so, changed the world.

    Reviews
  • "An irresistible David and Goliath tale...you can't help but cheer along" - Seattle Times

  • "Hilarious and engrossing" - BBC

  • "Freedom of speech rarely tasted so satisfying" - The (London) Times

  • "Truly, hilariously dramatic" - SF Weekly

  • "Twists the dagger in McDonald's clogged arteries" - Orlando Sentinel

  • "Complex and fascinating" - CBS News

  • "Dynamite" - Yahoo Movies

  • "Will make you think twice about what civil liberties are worth in the corporate era...Powerful." - Time Out

  • "Alarming, but ultimately inspiring" - Variety

  • "Satisfies both head and heart" - Time Out

  • "Kind of legendary" - E- Insiders

  • "Absolutely unmissable" - The Guardian (UK)

  • "4 Stars An intriguing, important documentary. Don't miss it. " - Todd David Schwartz, CBS Radio

  • "A racing plot with more twists than a John le Carre novel...the perfect 21st century narrative...a wonderfully human tale about two people who simply refused to say sorry and in doing so they changed the world. Brilliant." - Bermuda Sun Newspaper

  • "Inspirational...Absorbing." - Chicago Reader

  • "Will make you think twice about what civil liberties are worth in the corporate era...Powerful." - Time Out

  • "I learnt more from this film-and laughed much more-than I did in Super Size Me." - Nick Fraser, BBC Storyville Series editor

  • "An often-hilarious expose of big business arrogance and an extraordinary example of independent filmmaking." - Sydney Morning Herald

  • "Absolute nonchalance and great pizzazz...Dynamite." - IndieWire

  • "Dramatic, inspiring, hard-hitting and heart-warming" - New Internationalist

    Notes
  • Nominated for Best British Documentary, British Independent Film Awards
  • Nominated for Best Newcomer, Grierson Awards

    Awards
  • Best of Festival, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
  • Winner, Athens International Film & Video Festival
  • Spirit of Activism Award, Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival
  • Vermont International Film Festival
  • Israel Eco Cinema
  • Global Issues Film Festival, Mott Community College

    Item no.: TS01110431
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 85 minutes
    Copyright: 2005
    StdBkNo: 1594582904
    Price: USD 295.00

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    SILENT KILLER: THE UNFINISHED CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER

    There are still a billion hungry people in the world. Fifteen thousand children -- the equivalent of five times the victims of the World Trade Center bombings -- die each day of hunger. Yet it doesn't have to be this way. We can end hunger -- if we make a commitment to doing so. SILENT KILLER shows how it can be done.

    Hosted by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, the film begins in South Africa's Kalahari Desert, where razor-thin Bushmen use the Hoodia cactus to fend off hunger. But now, a drug firm has patented the Hoodia's appetite-suppressant properties and is using it to make a diet product for obese Americans and Europeans. Hoodia is a metaphor for a world where some people die from too much food, but millions more die from too little.

    We discover how serious the problem is in Kenya as we meet Jane Ininda, a scientist who is trying to make agriculture more productive in her country, while her own brother, Salesio, barely survives the drought, poor soils and pests that constantly threaten his crops. Through powerful stories, we come to understand the dimensions of the hunger crisis.

    At the World Food Summit in Rome, we learn how activists have been working to end hunger since President John Kennedy declared war on it in 1963. But today, America's commitment to food security is less clear. In fact, world financial commitments to hunger research have been declining in recent years.

    But SILENT KILLER does not leave viewers feeling helpless. A visit to Brazil finds a nation energized by a new campaign called FOME ZERO -- Zero Hunger. In the huge city of Belo Horizonte, we meet a remarkable leader and see how, under the programs she supervises, the right to food is guaranteed to all. In the countryside, we are introduced to the Landless Peasants' Movement, which is giving hope to millions of hungry Brazilians.

    Reviews
  • "Silent Killer is an important contribution in the movement to build the political and spiritual will to end hunger...[It] is a crucial tool in our work to educate the public about this tragedy that takes the lives of about 25,000 people every single day." - Tony Hall, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food & Agriculture, former Member of Congress

  • "SILENT KILLER is more than a beautiful film with powerful visual images and stories. It is a sonic boom that breaks the silence about a nightmare, with racism the terrible subtext, which the world's policymakers -- and all of us -- have ignored for far too long. I was truly moved." - Haskell Wexler, Academy Award-winning cinematographer

  • "FAO has long argued that hunger was beatable if the political will was there to take up the fight. SILENT KILLER: THE UNFINISHED CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER is a very successful portrayal of many of the root causes of hunger, and promotes solid proposals to regain ground in the war against hunger." - Charles H. Riemenschneider, Director, Liaison Office for North America Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

  • "A brilliant new film...about the neglected issue of world hunger. Jindrova and DeGraaf skillfully weave together compelling stories, vivid characters, stunning photography and memorable narration to produce a tour de force which wakes up the viewer to the importance of world hunger and what must be done about it." - Chris Palmer, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University

  • "Being a travel writer, you see a lot of the world. I've seen lots of riches and happiness but sadly, I have also seen that hunger and starvation are still far too prevalent. It is amazing to learn that as many people die each week from hunger as died in the recent tsunami. It gets no headlines and it is entirely avoidable, costing less to overcome than what our society invests in professional sports, cosmetics or even caffeine. SILENT KILLER: THE UNFINISHED CAMPAIGN AGAINST HUNGER shows how we can work with the rest of the world to actually put an end to hunger." - Rick Steves, best-selling travel writer and PBS travel program host

  • "It's almost as if hunger has become accepted, a fact of life -- much of the indignation (and hard work) of years past has vanished. This film should do much to end that sad state of affairs and return this great shame to the center of our consciousness." - Bill McKibben, author and environmentalist

  • "SILENT KILLER is much more than a new recitation of the daily tsunami of children-who starve, not through lack of food in the world, but because of lack of will to do things differently. It tells success stories where small seeds of change-an agronomist's work, a little grant, community organizing-are growing. Moreover, it shows us a whole country, Brazil, which has mobilized to end hunger. Seeing what they are doing, you'll think, "This makes sense. We can do this." - Vicki Robin, best-selling author and activist

  • "Some books get placed on a 'required reading' list. SILENT KILLER should be 'required viewing.' It has the potential to re-energize dormant popular support for access to food as a basic human right. Religious communities will find the program both challenging and heartening -- challenging because it offers a sobering reminder of the chasm between those who struggle with overeating and those who never have enough; heartening because creative and successful programs in self-reliant farming are being developed. If adequately funded, these programs could lead whole populations out of the hunger pit." - Rev. Dr. Diane Kessler, Executive Director, Massachusetts Council of Churches

  • "SILENT KILLER is a lush film filled with poignant images, and sheds light on small solutions offering big promise. Young women farmers in Africa are an inspiration, displaying an intelligence and determination rarely depicted in western media. The killer may be silent, but the message is loud and clear." - Jack Hamann, Former CNN correspondent and author

    Award
  • Audience Award, Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival

    Item no.: NE02560258
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 57 minutes
    Copyright: 2005
    StdBkNo: 1594582696
    Price: USD 250.00

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    STEROID ABUSE: WIN NOW, LOSE LATER

    Steroid abusers are often lured by the promises of athletic success and a 'beefed-up' body. As a result, young people who are looking for a short cut to the winner's circle or for an enhanced physical appearance may give in to the temptation to abuse steroids. In this eye-opening presentation, we will define and describe steroids, and then explore the reasons why people abuse these drugs. Associated health risks that accompany steroid abuse will also be explained.

    Learning Objectives: 1) Students will discover what steroids are and how steroids work.
    2) Students will learn about steroid abuse and explore some of the reasons why young people experiment with these dangerous drugs.
    3) Students will examine the health risks, both physical and emotional, associated with steroid use.
    4) Students will learn about prevention and treatment of steroid abuse.


    Item no.: MW00100459
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 28 minutes
    Copyright: 2005
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    THIS IS DANIEL COOK 2: SPECIAL THINGS TO EAT

    Directed by J.J. Johnson

    Daniel tries new vegetables and makes maple syrup, a birthday cake, candy canes, and a yule log.

    This series features seven-year old Daniel Cook. Well-mannered, inquisitive and intelligent Daniel explores the world around him through his own candid questions. Simple, pure, and honest, this is a series that allows children to view everything from Daniel's perspective, seeing what he sees and learning what he learns.

    Each segment is six minutes long and they have been aggregated thematically into 13 half-hour episodes, each with 5 separate segments.

    The five 6 minute segments in Special Things To Eat are:

    1) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING MAPLE SYRUP- Daniel Cook learns how to tap trees, collect sap and boil the sap to create maple syrup.

    2) THIS IS DANIEL COOK BAKING A BIRTHDAY CAKE- Daniel's brother is having a birthday party and Daniel wants to bake him a cake. Daniel and a chef work together to make and decorate a train cake.

    3) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING CANDY CANES- Daniel visits a candy shop and learns about how the candies are made. Daniel helps mix and form a sheet of candy canes to take home as a holiday treat.

    4) THIS IS DANIEL COOK TRYING NEW VEGETABLES- Daniel and his nutritionist friend visit a local produce market to choose some new vegetables that he would like to try.

    5) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING A YULE LOG- Daniel is in the holiday spirit when he visits a local chef to make a holiday yule log. (With special guest, Susur Lee)

    Review
  • "What a delightful collection! It is a terrific variety of appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum. Besides the value for children, I think the positive modeling of channeling the energy, focusing the interest and taking advantage of the curiosity is terrific! There is a lot for parents, caregivers, and teachers to learn from this series." - Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant

  • "[This is Daniel Cook] is a fun, entertaining, and quite interesting set of adventures... These videos are great for pre- K levels. Additionally, kids from fourth grade and under might find them somewhat intriguing. The ideal library niche for this set is a public library or early childhood learning center that might use them for both entertainment and inspiration." - Educational Media Reviews Online

    Item no.: TW01110557
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Copyright: 2005
    StdBkNo: 1594585539
    Price: USD 195.00

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    WE FEED THE WORLD

    Vividly reveals the dysfunctionality of the industrialized world food system and shows what world hunger has to do with us.

    Close to a billion of the nearly seven billion people on Earth are starving today. But the food we are currently producing could feed 12 billion people. This is a film about food and globalization, fishermen and farmers, the flow of goods and cash flow -- a film about scarcity amid plenty.

    Why doesn't a tomato taste like a tomato today? How does one explain that 200 million people in India, supplier of 80% of Switzerland's wheat, suffer from malnutrition? Why are thousands of acres of the Amazon being cleared to grow soybeans? Is water something to which the public has a basic right or, as the CEO of the world's largest food company Nestle suggests, a foodstuff with a market value?

    These distressing questions are addressed as filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer travels from Austria to Brazil, France to Romania to interview Jean Ziegler, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, CEOs and directors of the world's largest food companies, agronomists, biologists, fishermen, farmers and farmworkers.

    On a daily basis, in Vienna alone, enough left-over bread to supply a small city is destroyed. The planet has enough production power to feed everyone, but 800 million people suffer from hunger. What does world hunger have to do with us?

    Reviews
  • "Through evocative images and compelling stories, We Feed the World illustrates the ominous ecological and societal consequences of a global food system driven solely by the relentless quest for corporate profits and growth. The documentary reflects a European perspective from which every American might learn. Clearly, the future of humanity is at risk and time is running out." - John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus, Agricultural Economics, University of Missouri, author of Sustainable Capitalism: A Matter of Common Sense, A Return to Common Sense, Small Farms are Real Farms, and Crisis and Opportunity: Sustainability in American Agriculture

  • "The absurdities of a globalized food industry are subject to mounting scrutiny and criticism. These excesses are illustrated with jaw-dropping efficacy in this timely documentary from Austrian filmmaker Erwin Wagenhofer." - Sofia International Film Festival

  • "This unsettling documentary from Austria meticulously documents how the mechanization of modern food production has created a monster. It reveals how the Western agro-industry's insatiable hunger for yield is creating poorer quality food, mind-boggling wastage, and impoverishing our natural environment and those who work in it." -iofilm

  • "Sincere...perversely fascinating. It's enough to put you off poultry." - Variety

  • "The documentary focuses on various aspects on the supply side of the food chain, giving insight to the various industries which produce food, like fishing, vegetables and poultry...It just boggles the mind, and makes you feel sad at the way things work, illogical as it may seem, in the name of profit." - A Nutshell Review

  • "We Feed the World highlights two of the most pressing issues of our time: food distribution and globalization. Students can surely learn much by observing the differences shown between large agribusinesses and small farmers...This film illustrates many surprising results and connections among the people who produce foods and those who consume them...A great resource to spark a dialogue about the effects of globalization on food production and distribution systems." - Laura Skelton, Assistant Program Director, Facing the Future: People and the Planet

  • "We Feed The World tells us that we are all part of the system, and that it is up to 'us' to change it, as we are the ones who should desire to do so." - Shift Magazine

  • "The film is a thoughtful look at the problems facing small food producers in the face of increasing subsidies and industrialization of agricultural processes...provides fodder for student discussion on the perils of the modern agriculture system. Strong production values make We Feed the World visually interesting as well as thought provoking." Dr. Jeffrey Miller, Professor, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Colorado State University

  • "We Feed the World ensures that viewers will rethink their ideas about what farms look like, where their groceries come from, and why people starve. A provocative instructional tool, this film will be an asset anywhere educators wish to inspire students to think critically about globalization, food, and hunger." - Charlotte Biltekoff, American Studies & Food Science and Technology Departments, University of California- Davis

  • "This powerful film provokes the viewer to thought about the real nature of the world's food system, and what we need to consider in moving beyond mere concern with just lower food prices...[We Feed the World] does a superb job of stirring the emotions on the way to envisioning a different and better future with regard to the way we produce the food we eat." - Gary D. Lynne, Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics and School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska- Lincoln

  • "We Feed the World provides a thought provoking look at the global food industry...an excellent starting point for discussion of several important topics. The problems of overproduction and food waste, global corporate policies and their impacts, government regulations and subsidies, the dark side of biotechnology, environmental degradation both of the ocean's resources and the Amazon, and water rights are just some of the subjects that can be further studied and discussed after viewing this film. Recommended." - Educational Media Reviews Online

  • "Does this film have a place in the anthropology curriculum? Absolutely! Students, like most consumers, have virtually no connection to their food nor are interested in the technology...[We Feed the World] will increase awareness and impress students with the complexity of global food policies. The film may be used in courses on globalization, capitalism, culture change/development, or applied anthropology." - Thomas Stevenson, Ohio University, Anthropology Review Database

    Awards
  • Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • Toronto International Film Festival
  • IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam)
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
  • The Guelph International Film Festival
  • The Portland International Film Festival
  • Belgrade International Film Festival
  • One World Film Festival (Prague)
  • Thessaloniki Film Festival
  • Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival
  • Taos Mountain Film Festival
  • CounterCorp Film Festival
  • Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

    Item no.: ZS02790567
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned, German With English Subtitles)
    Duration: 96 minutes
    Copyright: 2005
    StdBkNo: 1594586527
    Price: USD 295.00

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    FARMING THE SEAS

    The perils and promise of fish farms in a world running out of ocean fish stocks.

    Aquaculture was intended to take the pressure off ocean fish stocks and help avert a global food shortage, but many experts now believe that some forms of "fish farming" are actually creating more problems than they're solving... and time is running out.

    The sequel to the award-winning PBS Special EMPTY OCEANS, EMPTY NETS, FARMING THE SEAS explores what's at stake for us all. As the aquaculture industry explodes across the globe, a growing number of communities and fisheries experts are engaged in an intense debate over its environmental, socio-economic, and health and food safety consequences.

    Market demand for seafood now far exceeds the ocean's ability to keep pace, and the crisis is deepening. Worldwide, most marine fisheries are either fully exploited or in sharp decline. With stunning visuals and compelling narration, FARMING THE SEAS journeys around the world documenting the most important stories as they unfold. From the indigenous tribes of British Columbia to the large-scale operations of multinational corporations, from Mediterranean fishermen to Thai shrimp farmers, FARMING THE SEAS gathers perspectives from around the globe as it examines the problems and the promises of this emerging industry.

    The viability of the global food chain and the sustainability of our oceans' fisheries hang in the balance.

    Reviews
  • "Well-crafted and important environmental documentary that combines superb research, production values and journalism...My students were educated, entertained, and inspired..." - David L. Brown, City College of San Francisco

  • "Excellent footage of aquaculture operations...It is easy to see why Farming the Seas won the award for Best Marine Conservation Message at the International Wildlife Film Festival and a host of other awards as well. It is well researched, well edited and a timely and interesting look at the potential problems associated with aquaculture. I highly recommend this video to all libraries." - Barbara Butler, Educational Media Reviews Online

    Awards
  • Best Independent Film & Best Marine Conservation Message, International Wildlife Film Festival, Missoula
  • United Nations Association Film Festival
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
  • The Green Festival, Washington DC
  • PINE Film Festival, Portland, OR
  • Plymouth Independendent Film Festival
  • CINE Golden Eagle Award

    Item no.: LM01110109
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 55 minutes
    Copyright: 2004
    StdBkNo: 1594580588
    Price: USD 250.00

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    LIFE 4: HOW GREEN IS MY VALLEY?

    Documents efforts to revitalize the polluted, impoverished communities in the former coal and steel producing valleys of South Wales.

    The valleys of South Wales once produced much of the coal and steel which powered industrial development in Britain-and worldwide. Today those industries are gone. Their legacy is a polluted pocket of poverty-180,000 people nestled in the steep-sided windswept valleys of Caerphilly County; where the highest rates for chronic emphysema, cancer, heart disease, asthma, poor housing and sanitation, low birth weight and accidental death combine to mean that people living here suffer the highest mortality rates in Western Europe. There are schemes to regenerate the entire area-health projects, with incentives, working groups, investment and employment strategies-but are these really working and what more can be done to lift this community out of its depression?


    Item no.: TR02790155
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 26 minutes
    Copyright: 2004
    StdBkNo: 159458186X
    Price: USD 195.00

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    LIFE 4: WHEN THE COWS COME HOME

    Despite the success of the "Jamaica Hope" milk cow, Jamaica's dairy industry is facing a crisis, as EU trade undercuts island production.

    Away from the beaches and resorts there's another rural Jamaica, struggling to make ends meet on farming. Milk is part of the staple diet of the 2.6 million people living in Jamaica. But dairy production is difficult in tropical climates. Most of the island's milk was imported until early 20th century breeders helped produce a dairy cow that could withstand the island's heat and tropical diseases. They called the breed the Jamaica Hope. But despite the success of the breed, the Jamaican dairy industry is facing a crisis. Jamaica's steps toward sustainable rural development is threatened. This edition of Life looks at how -- with cruel irony -- the Jamaica Hope is under threat from subsidized European Dairy Farmers and ask how Europe's agricultural policies squares with its commitment to the Millennium Development Goal.


    Item no.: TY01110326
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 23 minutes
    Copyright: 2004
    StdBkNo: 1594581789
    Price: USD 195.00

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    THIS IS DANIEL COOK: CONNECTING WITH OUR WORLD - PART II

    Daniel goes on a tall ship, tastes new fruits, visits Medieval Times, learns about Egypt, and makes a gingerbread house.

    This series features six-year old Daniel Cook. Well-mannered, inquisitive and intelligent Daniel explores the world around him through his own candid questions. Simple, pure, and honest, this is a series that allows children to view everything from Daniel's perspective, seeing what he sees and learning what he learns.

    Each segment is six minutes long and they have been aggregated thematically into 13 half-hour episodes, each with 5 separate segments.

    The five 6 minute segments in Connecting With Our World- Part II are:

    1) THIS IS DANIEL COOK ON A TALL SHIP - Daniel boards a historic tall ship and learns how to tie a knot and let the sails out. Daniel assumes the role of acting Captain and directs the ship to open waters.

    2) THIS IS DANIEL COOK TASTING NEW FRUITS - Daniel learns the importance of trying new things when he sits down with a nutritionist. Daniel tries fruit from all over the world and learns not to judge something by how it looks.

    3) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT MEDIEVAL TIMES - Daniel jumps back a thousand years to the exciting, action filled world of knights and armor when he visits Medieval Times. Daniel wears a medieval costume and sees two knights joust!

    4) THIS IS DANIEL COOK LEARNING ABOUT EGYPT - Daniel learns about ancient Egypt as he explores the Egyptian exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum.

    5) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING A GINGERBREAD HOUSE - Daniel sits down with a local baker to create his very own gingerbread house. Starting with the frame, Daniel constructs a house out of gingerbread pieces before decorating his creation with different candies.

    Reviews
  • "A delightful collection!...appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum." Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant

  • "What a delightful collection! It is a terrific variety of appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum. Besides the value for children, I think the positive modeling of channeling the energy, focusing the interest and taking advantage of the curiosity is terrific! There is a lot for parents, caregivers, and teachers to learn from this series." Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant

  • "[This is Daniel Cook] is a fun, entertaining, and quite interesting set of adventures... These videos are great for pre- K levels. Additionally, kids from fourth grade and under might find them somewhat intriguing. The ideal library niche for this set is a public library or early childhood learning center that might use them for both entertainment and inspiration." Educational Media Reviews Online

    Award
  • Grand Prize for Best Program, Alliance for Children and Television's Awards of Excellence

    Item no.: TB02790286
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Copyright: 2004
    StdBkNo: 159458320X
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    THIS IS DANIEL COOK: CREATING FOOD

    Daniel makes chocolate, ice cream, a pie, cookies, and pizza.

    This series features six-year old Daniel Cook. Well-mannered, inquisitive and intelligent Daniel explores the world around him through his own candid questions. Simple, pure, and honest, this is a series that allows children to view everything from Daniel's perspective, seeing what he sees and learning what he learns.

    Each segment is six minutes long and they have been aggregated thematically into 13 half-hour episodes, each with 5 separate segments.

    The five 6 minute segments in Creating Food are:

    1) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING CHOCOLATE- Daniel is let loose in a chocolate shop! He learns how to mix different ingredients for different chocolate flavors.

    2) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING ICE CREAM- Daniel has been invited to a local ice cream shop to help them make a fresh carton of ice cream. Daniel gets to create his very own brand of ice cream.

    3) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING A PIE- Daniel has been invited to a local bakery to help make his favorite pie-apple.

    4) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING COOKIES- Daniel learns how to mix different ingredients to make his favorite type of cookie-chocolate chip.

    5) THIS IS DANIEL COOK MAKING PIZZA- Daniel Cook learns first hand how his favorite food is made. Daniel learns the art of pizza making from a local pizza maker including how to toss the dough and how to add just the right amount of ingredients.

    Reviews
  • "A delightful collection!...appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum." Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant

  • "What a delightful collection! It is a terrific variety of appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum. Besides the value for children, I think the positive modeling of channeling the energy, focusing the interest and taking advantage of the curiosity is terrific! There is a lot for parents, caregivers, and teachers to learn from this series." Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant

  • "[This is Daniel Cook] is a fun, entertaining, and quite interesting set of adventures... These videos are great for pre- K levels. Additionally, kids from fourth grade and under might find them somewhat intriguing. The ideal library niche for this set is a public library or early childhood learning center that might use them for both entertainment and inspiration." Educational Media Reviews Online

    Award
  • Grand Prize for Best Program, Alliance for Children and Television's Awards of Excellence

    Item no.: WK02560288
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Copyright: 2004
    StdBkNo: 1594583005
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    THIS IS DANIEL COOK: MY COMMUNITY - PART II

    Daniel at a street festival, at the doctor, at the dentist, at the zoo, and with the Earth Rangers.

    This series features six-year old Daniel Cook. Well-mannered, inquisitive and intelligent Daniel explores the world around him through his own candid questions. Simple, pure, and honest, this is a series that allows children to view everything from Daniel's perspective, seeing what he sees and learning what he learns.

    Each segment is six minutes long and they have been aggregated thematically into 13 half-hour episodes, each with 5 separate segments.

    The five 6 minute segments in My Community- Part II are:

    1) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT A STREET FESTIVAL- Daniel tours a Greek street festival where he gets to try new foods and play games. Daniel is joined at the festival by the mayor who teaches him about the role a mayor plays.

    2) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT THE DOCTOR- Daniel learns what each of the doctor's tools is used for, what the medical tests tell him and how he uses medicine to keep his patients healthy.

    3) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT THE DENTIST- Daniel learns what each of the dentist's tools is used for and why it's important to brush his teeth everyday.

    4) THIS IS DANIEL COOK AT THE ZOO- Daniel visits the zoo and discovers the animals that live there. Daniel sees and touches some animals up close.

    5) THIS IS DANIEL COOK WITH THE EARTH RANGERS- Daniel joins the Earth Rangers and learns what people should do when they come across an injured wild animal. Daniel asists a veterinarian with a wounded squirrel and helps train a skunk to stay away from garbage.

    Reviews
  • "A delightful collection!...appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum." Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant

  • "What a delightful collection! It is a terrific variety of appropriate topics nicely grouped and with distinct parallels to the primary curriculum. Besides the value for children, I think the positive modeling of channeling the energy, focusing the interest and taking advantage of the curiosity is terrific! There is a lot for parents, caregivers, and teachers to learn from this series." Sandi Zwaan, Educational Consultant

  • "[This is Daniel Cook] is a fun, entertaining, and quite interesting set of adventures... These videos are great for pre- K levels. Additionally, kids from fourth grade and under might find them somewhat intriguing. The ideal library niche for this set is a public library or early childhood learning center that might use them for both entertainment and inspiration." Educational Media Reviews Online

    Award
  • Grand Prize for Best Program, Alliance for Children and Television's Awards of Excellence

    Item no.: WR01110293
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 30 minutes
    Copyright: 2004
    StdBkNo: 159458298X
    Price: USD 195.00

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    NET LOSS: THE STORM OVER SALMON FARMING

    Examines the controversy surrounding salmon farms, and the threat they pose to wild salmon.

    All over the world, fish are at the heart of people's diet and culture. And in the Pacific Northwest, there is no fish like the legendary salmon. But decades of poor fisheries management and habitat loss have decimated many wild salmon runs. Now there's a new way to produce fish-raising them in giant underwater cages known as "net pens." At first, these pens and the salmon farms that use them seem like a good idea, providing more fish for consumption, while taking the pressure off their wild counterparts. But the farms themselves have become a serious new threat to the survival of wild salmon.

    Filmed in Chile, Washington, and British Columbia, NET LOSS assesses the risks and benefits of salmon farming through interviews with government and industry spokesmen, who make the case for salmon farming, and the fishermen, native people, and scientists

    Reviews
  • "Net Loss probes one of the most important and cautionary tales for the future relationship between humanity and the sea. We need to think long and hard about this film." - Carl Safina, President, Blue Ocean Institute

  • "An old Chinese proverb, 'The fish sees the bait, not the hook; a person sees the gain, not the danger', warns of the unexpected consequences of new technologies. 'Net Loss: The Storm Over Salmon Farming' introduces many of the consequences of salmon netpens, at the same time as it humanizes their effects for individuals and cultures in regions from Chile to the Pacific Northwest." - Dr. James Karr, Aquatic Sciences and Biology, University of Washington

  • "An extraordinary and timely film." - Dr. Michael Skladany, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

  • "Fairly portrays the positions of salmon farmers, conservationists, First Nations, traditional fishermen and government officials. It is a thorough examination of the growth of the industry in British Columbia and Chile, and the effects of the industry on the environment and other economic sectors." - Jim Fulton, Executive Director, The David Suzuki Foundation

  • "A fantastic job of telling the entire industrial salmon farming story-from one end of the planet to the other, and from the producer all the way to the consumer. This is the film to show your friends and colleagues who still think that buying farmed fish is the best way to protect wild salmon or to feed the world. NET LOSS is a myth buster par excellence!" - Mark Ritchie, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy

  • "A wonderfully relevant film...Net Loss provides an emotional and meaningful perspective on the noble fish-salmon-and our relationship to this being." - Eric Wynkoop, Western Culinary Institute

  • "Shines a much-needed light on the fact that not all salmon are created equal. The well-balanced film clearly shows that there are major issues associated with farming salmon. The film basically asks, what price, in terms of environmental and social costs, are we as consumers willing to pay for the flood of cheap farmed salmon?" - Bill Mott, Director, The Ocean Project

  • "This documentary states the case against farming salmon in large underwater cages or "net pens", and looks at the widespread economic and evironmental repercussions, which stretch all the way from Alaska to Chile. Net Loss is an indictment of mass consumption, powerfully illustrated by the destruction of a great Northwestern symbol-the wild Salmon." - Matt McNally, Willamette Week, Portland, Oregon

  • "Compelling...the evidence presented by those who have lived and loved salmon all their lives, when seen next to the trite reassurances of aquaculture advocates, speak volumes...The film's clarity and detail in coverage of such complex subject matter makes it ideal for a range of audiences...[Net Loss] adds a human face and context for understanding the global environmental, social, cultural and scientific dynamics that have led to 'the storm over salmon farming'." - Ben Bolton and Mike Skladany, Alternatives Journal

  • "The makers of [Net Loss] were careful to include the varying perspectives of salmon farmers, scientists, native North Americans and advocacy groups. The result is an objective documentary that should have broad appeal. One can frequently find farmed salmon in grocery stores selling for four or five dollars per pound. Net Loss makes one realize that the true cost of farmed salmon is much higher. This documentary is highly recommended for adult and high school audiences." - Todd Hannon, Stream Net Library, Columbia River Inter- Tribal Fish Commission, Portland, OR for Educational Media Reviews Online

  • "This timely film, combining lush photography, lively music, and an engaging narrative, lays out the issues in a way that is understandable and highly watchable." - APO's Observer and Fisheries

  • "True to its intent of presenting the issues of salmon farming and...objective in its representation of both sides, not telling me what to think, but rather what to think about...strong, well organized, pressing and passionate... covering more than the economic/environmental issues but cultural/social issues as well." - International Wildlife Film Festival

  • "[Net Loss] offers a visual and narrative cost/benefit analysis useful for those whose interests range from aquaculture to zoology...The facts, theories and processes of science are well illustrated, with examples of field investigation, data collection, analysis and synthesis presented with a view toward purposeful investigation: observations and data help make a case for the need to address the dangers that salmon farming poses to the marine environment and local coastal communities...a newcomer to the issue may be...drawn in by the film creators' ability to present the complexity of the controversy in a palatable way, inviting viewers to seek more information and draw their own conclusions. Recommended." - Science Books and Films

    Awards
  • Honorable Mention for Environmental Issue Awareness, International Wildlife Film Festival
  • Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
  • Planet in Focus, Toronto International Environmental Film Festival
  • L.A. Green Reel Festival
  • Bioneers Film Festival
  • Wild and Scenic Environmental Film Festival, Nevada City, CA
  • The Conscientious Projector, Bainbridge Island, WA
  • Santa Cruz Film Festival
  • Green Reel Film Festival
  • Vermont International Film Festival
  • Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

    Item no.: LU01110202
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 52 minutes
    Copyright: 2003
    StdBkNo: 1594580782
    Price: USD 250.00

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    DECONSTRUCTING SUPPER: IS YOUR FOOD SAFE?

    A leading chef investigates food safety in the age of GMOs and industrial agriculture.

    Ripe tomato salad. Creamy chicken soup. Grilled westcoast salmon.

    Dinner is served.

    But what's in our food and how is it grown?

    Renowned chef John Bishop leads viewers on an eye-opening and engaging journey into the billion-dollar battle to control global food production. Starting with a gourmet meal in his five-star restaurant, Bishop travels the world -- from farmer's fields to biotech laboratories to supermarket aisles -- on a personal quest to find out what our food choices are.

    With a hearty appetite for food and information, chef Bishop explores the politics and ethics of food. He discovers that 70% of processed foods on supermarket shelves in North America contain genetically modified ingredients. The handful of biotech companies who control genetically modified seeds claim this is the only way to feed the world's growing population. But are these foods safe? Are there other, less risky ways to feed ourselves? Our chef finds answers to these compelling questions and more.

    From North America to Great Britain to India and back, John Bishop shares fascinating conversations and mouth-watering feasts with farmers, such as Michael Ableman, scientists and activists, such as Vandana Shiva. We see the actual transfer of DNA from bacteria into canola plants, and meet Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser who is battling the giant Monsanto Corporation. We learn startling information about the milk we drink in North America and meet Indian farmers and activists fighting to keep traditional farming practices alive.

    Deconstructing Supper is a ride every contemporary eater will want to take -- a thought-provoking and entertaining journey into the revolution in modern food production, and its effects on our lives.

    Reviews
  • "A beautiful film that uplifted my spirit and brought me more in touch with my love for food...Thoroughly mindful and compassionate, this is not a film that makes enemies. It's a film that make sense." - John Robbins, author The Food Revolution, and Diet For A New America

  • "Deconstructing Supper is a fine film, important for every culinary resource library. With so many scientific and technological changes taking place in food production, I feel it is vital that both chefs and students and lovers of food in general be knowledgeable about the ingredients they use. Nobody should take lightly what is happening to our farm produce..." - Anne Willan, Founder & President, LaVarenne at The Greenbrier

  • "Colourful and engaging, with fine camera-work...This is a film for all those who might just be wondering what is happening to the foods they used to know and love." - Brewster Kneen, The Rams Horn

  • "The film takes Bishop on an around-the-world trip...What he finds is an industrialization process in the world's farming industry that is frighteningly reminiscent of such historical events as the communist farm collectives and the Irish potato famine...As scary as a lot of this sounds Deconstructing Supper is neither gloomy nor ideological...(O)rganic farmers in California, Saskatchewan and India show there are working alternatives." - Brian Gorman, TV Data

  • "What's a GMO? Chef John Bishop discovers that, thanks to Monsanto Corporation, food just ain't what it used to be. In his globe-trotting investigation, this conscientious chef also illustrates that, despite Monsanto's monkey-business, 'natural food' production remains both a feasible and pleasurable enterprise." - Prof. Timothy McGettigan, PhD, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University- Pueblo

  • "A fascinating, if disturbing, primer on the subject of genetically modified food. It manages to instruct without scolding, explore without preaching, and ultimately, should interest anybody who eats." - Toronto Star

  • "Superbly constructed...incredibly informative as well as entertaining...Allows the audience to come to their own conclusions with the facts from both sides of the food issue presented." - Neil Ritchie, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

  • "Deconstructing Supper tells a good story, and makes you wish you could afford organic produce more often." - The (Toronto) Globe and Mail

  • "Having a storyline places this film apart...In addition, there are some very good visuals...and dialogue which doesn't pull its punches." - Philip L. Bereano, University of Washington

  • "This illuminating film reminds us of the importance of knowing where our food comes from, and it shows us how the choices we make everyday about the food we eat are some of the most important decisions we make." - Alice Waters, Owner, Chez Panisse Restaurant

  • "The chemical industry's power over our food is a key message in this video. If you haven't heard the story of Percy Schmeiser's struggle with Monsanto, [Deconstructing Supper] is worth seeing just to hear him tell it." - Dana Jackson, The Land Stewardship Letter

    Awards
  • Second Place in Category, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
  • Prix Leonardo, Parma, Italy
  • MountainFilm in Telluride
  • Vermont International Film Festival
  • Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
  • Bioneers Film Festival
  • EcoCinema, Rhodes, Greece
  • Marin Environmental Film Festival
  • The Green Festival, Washington DC
  • Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

    Item no.: TH02560090
    Format: DVD (Color, Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 48 minutes
    Copyright: 2002
    StdBkNo: 1594580871
    Price: USD 250.00

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    EMPTY OCEANS, EMPTY NETS

    Examines the global marine fisheries crisis and the efforts to implement sustainable fishing practices.

    "Many of the new changes that are happening in the oceans are a consequence of activities that people have always been engaged in. It's just a much greater rate and a faster scale. Nobody created these problems deliberately." - Dr. Jane Lubchenco, National Academy of Sciences

    "Never before has a wake-up call from nature been so clear, never again will there be better opportunities to protect what remains of the ocean's living wealth." - Dr. Sylvia Earle, former Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Our oceans are not yet empty but the signs are not good. The seas have always been humanity's single largest source of protein, but for the first time in history this critical food supply is at risk in many areas. Despite an ever-intensifying fishing effort, the global catch appears to have reached its limit while the demand for seafood continues to grow.

    According to the FAO, 15 of the world's 17 major ocean fisheries are already depleted or over-exploited. These trends are even more troubling when population growth is considered. The world population-now at six billion-will continue to grow by over 60 million people per year, with nearly half this growth in areas within 100 kilometers of a coastline. Over one billion people in Asia already depend on ocean fish for their entire supply of protein, as does 1 out of every 5 Africans. Although North America and Europe rely less on ocean-caught protein, much of the seafood consumed on both continents is imported from developing countries. The entire world shares an interest in restoring and maintaining this critical food supply.

    EMPTY OCEANS, EMPTY NETS examines the full extent of the global fisheries crisis and the forces that continue to push many marine fish stocks toward commercial extinction. The program also documents some of the most promising and innovative work being done to restore fisheries and protect essential fish habitat. New market initiatives are examined that give consumers a powerful vote in deciding how our oceans are fished. Commentary is provided by fishermen and by many of the world's most respected marine and fisheries scientists.

    Reviews
  • "If you knew nothing about fishing, this would be an awesome introduction. From Indonesian out-rigger canoes to Bering Sea factory trawlers, from cyanided reefs and dynamited fish in the western Pacific to tuna weirs in the Mediterranean, it's all here." - National Fisherman

  • "Empty Oceans is a stunning and substantive new documentary on the horrific impacts of current destructive fishing practices around the globe. The film takes its viewers on a journey that unravels the mysteries of declining fish populations around the globe. Hopefully, seeing this film will convince you that it's time for us all to take action to protect the world's oceans." - Ted Danson, President and Founder, American Oceans Campaign

  • "Empty Oceans, Empty Nets examines the disturbing decline of marine fisheries around the world...The good news is that fish populations can be restored and sustained through careful regulation of fishing. Consumers can also become more aware of which kinds of fish are best to buy, shunning those listed as commercially endangered." - Los Angeles Times

  • "54 minutes of film that will...(help you) reorder your priorities and your entrees." - San Francisco Chronicle

  • "Tells a cautionary tale about the overfishing of the world's oceans, but it also gives us hope for the future as well...the viewer is left with the realization that we can help." - Tri- Valley (CA) Herald

  • "There are many things concerned individuals can do. I'd start by watching "Empty Oceans, Empty Nets," a gripping new documentary about the state of the world's fisheries...As the saying goes, save a fish, save a fisherman. And if we save the oceans, we save ourselves." - The Providence Journal

  • "Empty Oceans, Empty Nets delivers a thorough summary of the global marine fisheries crisis and makes excellent use of ship-board videos, interviews and graphics... By the end of the film viewers will understand the problems of by-catch, juvenile (pre-reproductive) fish harvest, habitat destruction and problems posed by the increased mechanization of the fishing process.... The footage of sea-floor disturbance caused by bottom trawls is dramatic and something not commonly seen in other fisheries related videos. Empty Oceans, Empty Nets shows some thought provoking footage of fish farming operations and does a wonderful job of explaining the pros and cons of intensive fish culture. The film is certainly a wake-up call...I highly recommend this video to all public, school and college libraries as it is the best, most informative and well balanced fisheries video I have seen." - Educational Media Reviews Online, Barb Butler, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology

  • "Water, water everywhere and nary a fish in the drink. A scandalizing expose of the rampant destruction visited on global fisheries by sophisticated maritime technologies and free market 'logic.' " - Prof. Timothy McGettigan, PhD, Department of Sociology, Colorado State University- Pueblo

  • "The stunning visuals of fish in the oceans and the sometimes horrifying footage of catching those same fish, together with the factual information make this video a must have for all library environment collections." - School Library Journal

  • "Empty Oceans, Empty Nets is a video that challenges viewers to rethink the impact that their choice of fish for dinner has on the environment...presents beautiful scenes of the ocean habitat as it documents modern-day fishing practices...Empty Oceans, Empty Nets is appropriate for high school and college students. The video could easily be used in the classroom to increase general awareness of the global issues involving the fishing industry and its impact on science and society...This video highlights how informed consumers and citizens can make a difference in restoring and maintaining this critical food supply. Recommended." - Science Books and Films

    Awards
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Best Public Affairs Documentary, Ekotopfilm, Bratislava
  • Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • Honorable Mention, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival
  • Vermont International Film Festival
  • United Nations Association Film Festival, Stanford
  • MountainFilm, Telluride
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
  • Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
  • Siskiyou Environmental Film Festival

    Item no.: NJ02560390
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 55 minutes
    Copyright: 2002
    StdBkNo: 1594584427
    Price: USD 250.00

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    EMPTY OCEANS, EMPTY NETS (SHORT VERSION)

    Examines the global marine fisheries crisis and the efforts to implement sustainable fishing practices.

    Our oceans are not yet empty but the signs are not good. The seas have always been humanity's single largest source of protein, but for the first time in history this critical food supply is at risk in many areas. Despite an ever-intensifying fishing effort, the global catch appears to have reached its limit while the demand for seafood continues to grow.

    Reviews
  • "Many of the new changes that are happening in the oceans are a consequence of activities that people have always been engaged in. It's just a much greater rate and a faster scale. Nobody created these problems deliberately." - Dr. Jane Lubchenco, National Academy of Sciences

  • "Never before has a wake-up call from nature been so clear, never again will there be better opportunities to protect what remains of the ocean's living wealth." - Dr. Sylvia Earle, former Chief Scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • "The best short program we've used to help our guests grasp all of the issues surrounding the depletion of the world's commercial fish stock...It gives a succinct yet thorough overview of the fisheries crisis in a way that people understand and remember...We would strongly recommend it to other aquariums...It really does the job." - Sonja Tiegs, Conservation Program Coordinator, John G. Shedd Aquarium

  • "Without a doubt people are moved by this film and it is definitely influencing their purchasing power to make informed choices about seafood...The movie had an impact on all age groups. One elderly woman exiting the auditorium was heard to say, "That movie opened my eyes and made me want to close my mouth!"...Your movie successfully presented the issues and also offered solutions which are so often overlooked by the emotional content of conservation information." - Karin L. Wagner, Visitor Presentations Specialist, Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • "If you knew nothing about fishing, this would be an awesome introduction." National Fisherman

    Item no.: RA02560107
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 15 minutes
    Copyright: 2002
    StdBkNo: 1594580278
    Price: USD 175.00

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    LIFE 3: SEEING IS BELIEVING

    Zambia begins a nationwide program to deliver Vitamin A to its population.

    Health experts have long known that a lack of Vitamin A can lead to serious complications and diseases during childhood-such as measles and blindness-as well as increasing the risk of child and maternal mortality, thus undermining the health and development of poor countries. The problem facing health workers and government ministries, therefore, has been how to deliver supplemental Vitamin A to populations most at risk, and how to help those populations understand the vital role it can play in protecting health.

    Guatemala pioneered the fortification of sugar with Vitamin A, and their success has influenced the country of Zambia and the launch of a new, nationwide program to ensure that Vitamin A reaches all of its people. But as this episode of LIFE shows, sugar fortification is just one part of a multi-pronged strategy that also includes experiments with the fortification of corn in local mills, administering Vitamin A supplements in mother-and-child clinics, and the cultivation of new varieties of high-yield palm trees that provide Vitamin A-rich palm oil.


    Item no.: EL01110251
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 23 minutes
    Copyright: 2002
    StdBkNo: 1594581231
    Price: USD 195.00

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    CITY LIFE: A FISTFUL OF RICE

    Protein deficiency threatens generations of children in Nepal.

    Nine out of every ten children in Nepal suffers from some form of malnutrition. Ironically, it is because malnutrition is so widespread that it is also unnoticed. This is particularly true of protein energy malnutrition, or PEM as it is known -- a condition officially defined as being short and underweight for age, but which, in reality, is a devastating intergenerational cycle of lost potential, both physical and mental.

    This program from the City Life series unravels the complex causes and effects of Protein Energy Malnutrition through the stories of people in Nepal who live with it on a daily basis. It also explores ways of changing attitudes towards food and gender.


    Item no.: AK01110053
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 27 minutes
    Copyright: 2001
    StdBkNo: 1594581452
    Price: USD 195.00

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    CITY LIFE: MISSING OUT

    Anemia threatens the population of Niger and Tanzania.

    Niger is one of the poorest countries in the world, and less than a third of the population has access to any health care. Malnutrition remains the main cause of maternal and infant mortality and well over half of all pregnant women suffer from iron deficiency anemia. This program from the City Life series follows two traditional birth attendants as they try to persuade women to take iron folate supplements and visit hospitals, which is often prohibitively expensive.

    The program also visits Tanzania, where malaria is blamed for the increase in anemia. In some areas, ninety-three percent of children suffer from the condition. Unicef believes that the way forward is micromultinutrient pills which contain iron folate and other vitamins. But is this a sustainable solution for Tanzania? Unfortunately, the possibility that donors may pull out of distribution programs is high. Young, adolescent girls already constitute a majority of those missing out on supplemental programs. Mothers of the future are in danger.


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    CITY LIFE: THE MILLER'S TALE - BREAD IS LIFE

    Efforts are underway in Egypt and Yemen to fortify flour with iron to wipe out needless malnutrition.

    Iron deficiency anemia is the most widespread nutritional disorder in the world, a severe health problem that affects more than 3.5 billion people. It causes a range of problems, from extreme lethargy to low birth weight, stunting, maternal mortality, miscarriage and loss of productivity. More than half the population of Middle Eastern countries is iron-deficient -- yet fortifying flour with iron costs about US $2 per person, per lifetime.

    To quell the anemia epidemic in the Middle East, health professionals urge that fortified flour be used in bread. But because of complex social and cultural issues in the Middle East, fortifying flour with iron is difficult. Bread originated in Egypt and has been sacred since ancient times. Because of deeply rooted beliefs many millers refuse to add anything unnatural to their bread.


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    BEYOND ORGANIC: THE VISION OF FAIRVIEW GARDENS

    A model of community supported agriculture in the midst of suburban sprawl.

    Fairview Gardens is an urban farm located in Goleta, California, right in the middle of some of the most expensive real estate in the U.S. Managed for the past two decades by visionary farmer/photographer/author, Michael Ableman, this 12-acre organic farm has become a model of sustainable food production and community involvement, as well as an inspiration for thousands of people all over the world.

    While managing the farm, Ableman traveled around the world learning from the best examples of traditional agriculture. A talented professional photographer, his slides and observations -- carefully captured in BEYOND ORGANIC -- became the basis for two of his popular books From The Good Earth and On Good Land. At the same time he became an outspoken critic of large-scale commercial agriculture, with its reliance on vast inputs of fossil fuels, water, pesticides and other chemicals.

    BEYOND ORGANIC tells the story of this amazing farm and its long battle to survive in the face of rapid suburban development. It explores the efforts of Ableman and his staff to diversify the farm, open it to educational tours for thousands of people -- especially schoolchildren -- and defend it against angry neighbors, hostile public officials and developers eager to re-zone the land for condominiums. It draws a sharp contrast between community supported agriculture and conventional chemical farming, and it calls on organic farmers to remember basic principles, including fair labor practices, as their farms grow in size and power.

    BEYOND ORGANIC is a dramatic story with a happy ending. Other neighbors -- and eventually the entire Santa Barbara community -- rallied around Fairview Gardens and raised $800,000 to preserve it as a land trust, and as a source of inspiration, for future generations.

    Reviews
  • "This video is an outstanding glimpse into how the increasingly rapid tempo of destruction of rural land dedicated to raising crops could be slowed, resulting in a diversity of healthful food for our citizens. Highly recommended." - Buzz Haughton, Shields Library, UC- Davis, MC Journal

  • "BEYOND ORGANIC is a great view, a wonderful video about a community growing healthy food, building good relationships and developing a vital social fabric for us all!" - John Jeavons, author of How To Grow More Vegetables, and founder of Ecology Action

  • "BEYOND ORGANIC is not only a dramatic and true story, on a subject of great importance, but it's also a beautiful film. (You can almost taste the peaches!)" - Donella Meadows, author of Limits To Growth

  • "The fascinating and inspiring story of Fairview Gardens, an organic farm that unites enriching food production with a sound and healthy social philosophy." - Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado

  • "What a great piece of work! This timely film celebrates local, community-based farming, while offering solutions to the urgent challenges of family farms and urban agriculture. Beautiful cinematography and engaging storytelling -- a must see!" - Nina Simons, co-producer, Bioneers Conference

  • "Great video and example for other CSAs to follow." - Organically Speaking e- Newsletter

  • "I am really quite excited about offering this marvelous special to the Public Television viewers of North America." - Dick Hanratty, Director of PBS Plus

  • "(An) uplifting, hopeful video." - EARTHLight Magazine

  • "A thought-provoking, visually stunning video. The quality of production is excellent, allowing the program to be entertaining while raising underlying questions for further discussion on topics such as urban sprawl and development, community and social interactions, organic farming, future directions for urban agriculture, and community-supported agriculture (CSA). The comparisons of the connections among land, culture, and community in the more traditional agriculture of many countries and the trend to megafarms in North America are particularly striking." - Best Science Films, Science Books and Films

  • "Beautiful cinematography and engaging storytelling -- a must see!" - Nina Simons, co-producer, Bioneers Conference

    Awards
  • Best of Category, EarthVision Environmental Film & Video Festival
  • Vermont International Film Festival
  • Equinox Environmental Film Festival
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
  • Olympia Environmental Film Festival
  • Hazel Wolf Environmental Film Festival
  • MountainFilm in Telluride
  • International Environmental Film Festival "Green Vision" in St. Petersburg
  • Bronze Plaque, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

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    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 33 minutes
    Copyright: 2000
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    FOODESSENCE: BEANS

    Jack of the Beanstalk knew there is more to beans than meets the eye. Theyre a protein staple the world over; a rich food, often identified as a poor mans meal. To the ancient Greeks, beans contained souls; today, variety in beans symbolizes an increasingly multicultural world.

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    Duration: 23 minutes
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    FOODESSENCE: BREAD

    Kneaded, baked and sliced, this common food has built cities, changed religion and brought governments to ruin. We examine the rise and fall of our daily bread.

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    Duration: 23 minutes
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    FOODESSENCE: FAST FOOD

    Fast Food is a fixture in the United States now spreading around the world. But its more than burgers and fries, weve always needed food to go. Unwrap the socio-economic origins and the impact on lifestyles.

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    Duration: 23 minutes
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    FOODESSENCE: FAT

    Some say life without fat would be like love without passion. Its what carries and delivers the flavor in our food. However, the modern message is fat is bad. We explore the connection between fat, flavor, fads and flab.

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    Duration: 23 minutes
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    FOODESSENCE: FOOD & INTIMACY

    Food plays a large role in the most intimate and profound human experiences, from courtship to weddings and funerals. Customs range from delicious to demanding, and vary amongEindividuals and cultures.

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    Duration: 23 minutes
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    FOODESSENCE: MANNERS

    Minding your table manners depends a lot on your culture. And its not just about beingEpolite... throughout the ages manners at the table reflect our ever changing values.

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    FOODESSENCE: MILK

    Cool and white, curdled or cultured, milk takes many forms. The perfect food in America has had a very different history elsewhere- and in some cases- not much of a history at˝Žll! Now, this sacred of all cows finds itself swirling about in controversy. One cultures contemporary icon of comfort is anothers ancient symbol of holiness.

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    Duration: 23 minutes
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    FOODESSENCE: MYTHS & TABOOS

    Our diets, from one culture to the next, say a lot about who we are. Beliefs vary on what is good to eat and what is bad. Some are personal preferences, while most culturally determined. Our food myths and taboos are powerful, persistent and ever-changing.

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    FOODESSENCE: PASTA

    Whether its Americanized spaghetti and meatballs, or authentic tortellini from Bologna, were in love with pasta. From ancient Persia to downtown New York, pasta has journeyed into our diets for both special occasions and everyday fare. Is it a passing fling or is this relationship for keeps?

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    FOODESSENCE: SOME LIKE IT HOT

    Chilies. Peppercorns. Ginger. Mustard. Horseradish. Whats the appeal of these foods that are so painfully good and spicy? Heres a profile on some burning culinary traditions.

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    FOODESSENCE: SUGAR

    A source of energy,a medicine, a spice, and a preservative. It even helps us to dialogue in the language of love. Once a luxury for the wealthy, now is it a curse for all?

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    FOODESSENCE: TOMATOES

    The first tantalizing taste of summer. The Spanish explorers spread its succulent charm from New World to Old. It has climbed to numero uno in the home garden patch, and its chief ingredient in our king of condiments- ketchup. Now could the ubiquitous tomato harness secrets to health?

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    Duration: 23 minutes
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    FOODESSENCE: TRAVELING FOOD

    From gluttony on the seas. Crystal and champagne on rails to a frozen dinner 30,000 feet up. From sumptuous to sickening, nothing pacifies or distracts like food on the move. Take a behind the scenes peek at the table dhotel of travel food.

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    Duration: 23 minutes
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    LIFE: A-OK?

    Examines prospects for Vitamin A distribution programs in Guatemala and Ghana necessary for children's health.

    Vitamin A is essential for the functioning of the human immune system. In industrialized countries, foods like flour or sugar have been fortified with it for decades. But it's not the same picture in some developing countries, where children with Vitamin A deficiency run the risk of dying from common childhood illnesses like measles. The cost of ensuring all children receive enough Vitamin A is peanuts: capsules cost just 2 cents each, but improve children's chances of survival by as much as 25%.

    This episode of Life looks at the prospects for two very different Vitamin A distribution programs in Ghana and Guatemala, and asks whether the best way to ensure all children have access to the nutrients that can help them lead healthy, fulfilled lives isn't new, genetically-modified crops -- like the experimental Vitamin-A modified 'golden rice' currently being developed in Professor Ingo Potrykus' lab in Switzerland, as part of an initiative supported by the Rockefeller Foundation.


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    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 24 minutes
    Copyright: 2000
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    LIFE: FOR A FEW PENNIES MORE

    Iodine deficiency causes health problems in Indonesia.

    Kamidi lives on the slopes of Mount Merapi, one of Java's most active and dangerous volcanoes. He's three foot tall and has the tell-tale signs associated with cretinism: low hair line, bulging eyes, stunted growth -- all associated with iodine deficiency. Still more common are the goiters -- where the thyroid gland in the neck, starved of iodine, grows and grows in an effort to capture more iodine from the sufferer's blood.

    20 years ago an Indonesian endocrinologist, injected large numbers of people in the surrounding area with iodine-infused oil. Kamidi was one of his patients. Within weeks he started feeling more energetic. Eventually he even married -- to another cretin, who'd also been treated with the iodine-infused oil. They had a normal child, Rame.

    Now a chemistry major at university, Rame recalls, "when I was a child, I used to dream of inventing some cure or treatment to make my father normal." He's passionate about making sure other Indonesians don't suffer the same fate.

    Across the world, there are two billion people at risk from iodine deficiency. Apart from the classic symptoms of goiters and cretinism, it also leads to still births and underweight babies, and -- less visible but even deadlier in the long run -- lowers the IQ of sufferers. World Bank figures estimate that up to 5% of global GDP is lost because of the lack of micronutrients like iodine deficiency.

    Review
  • "A sickening expose of the lifelong maladies inflicted upon the Javanese for the lack of a drop of iodine." - Timothy McGettigan, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern Colorado

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    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 24 minutes
    Copyright: 2000
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    LIFE: LOST GENERATIONS

    Poor health and poverty condemn people in India to sub-standard lives

    The Holdsworth Memorial Hospital in Mysore, India, has maintained records of the sizes of all the babies born in its maternity department since 1934, allowing health researchers unique access to a large cross section of the population now in middle age.

    Worryingly, the data shows that adults born with low birth weight are more likely to suffer from coronary heart disease in later life -- while another long-term study of 8-year-old children demonstrates clear links between fetal growth and retarded development later in life.

    Dr. Caroline Fall is an epidemiologist from Southampton University in the UK, who is in charge of coordinating global research into the long-term effects of low birth weight on health and development. She attributes most of the blame for low birth weight children on maternal poverty and undernutrition, which have increased dramatically in India since the government introduced liberalization of trade and agriculture in the early '90s, leading to cutbacks in subsidies on food, agriculture, education and health.

    Low birth weight babies grow up to become malnourished mothers, who in turn give birth to more low birth weight babies. This Life episode explores what can be done to improve maternal diet and break the vicious cycle of poverty and ill-health that condemns whole populations to sub-standard lives.

    Review
  • "Effectively brings out the adverse impact of globalization on India's urban and rural poor. It shows that despite the lure of wealth and technology that flows from globalization, there is a rising underclass in India. Nutrition and health standards for the poorest sections of society remain low and the children of this socioeconomic group remain a lost generation. Definitely worth showing in classes on international and developmental issues." - Dr. Amit Gupta, Stonehill College

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    Duration: 24 minutes
    Copyright: 2000
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    REAL PEOPLE: COPING WITH EATING DISORDERS

    Insights into eating disorders are revealed in this program which documents the stories of three young people-an anorexic, a bulimic, and a compulsive overeater. Interweaving their stories, a specialist discusses the pattern, symptoms, and treatment of eating disorders. The program shows how all three eventually sought help and have learned to accept themselves as they are, deal with their feelings and lead normal lives.

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    Duration: 27 minutes
    Copyright: 2000
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    GLOBAL GARDENER: PERMACULTURE WITH BILL MOLLISON

    Permaculture helps people turn wastelands into food forests.

    BILL MOLLISON is a practical visionary. For three decades he has traveled the globe spreading the word about permaculture, the method of sustainable agriculture that he devised. Permaculture weaves together microclimate, annual and perennial plants, animals, soils, water management and human needs into intricately connected productive communities. Mollison has proved that even in the most difficult conditions permaculture empowers people to turn wastelands into food forests.

    GLOBAL GARDENER is a series of four half-hour programs. Each episode looks at examples in different bioregions:

    IN THE TROPICS - Mollison introduces the basic principles, and shows results in Australia, India, and Zimbabwe.

    ARID LANDS - Reversing desertification in Arizona, Botswana and Australia.

    COOL CLIMATES - Europe, Tasmania, and the San Juan Islands in Washington State.

    URBAN - New York City and Harare, Zimbabwe.

    Reviews
  • "(Permaculture) involves caring for the whole system of earth and spaces, devising model systems with much design drawn from nature, with the end result being a system that's ecologically sound and economically profitable...Mollison provides practical and motivating information for just about anyone interested in gardening, sustainable lifestyles, and similar topics...Recommended." - Rachel Lohafer, Instructional Technology Center Media Library, Iowa State University, MC Journal

  • "A lively and informative two hour video that will be greatly appreciated by gardeners, farmers, horticulturists, and agriculturists." - Midwest Book Review

  • "Highly recommended." - Video Rating Guide for Libraries

    Award
  • Silver Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival

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    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 112 minutes
    Copyright: 1996
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    RISKY BUSINESS: BIOTECHNOLOGY AND AGRICULTURE

    A discussion-starter on genetically engineered plants and animals.

    With the cloning of Dolly, the public noticed something called biotechnology. Thousands of plants and animals are being genetically engineered: foods for longer shelf life, crops to tolerate more poison chemicals, and pigs so that their hearts can be transplanted into people. Yet so far there has been relatively little public debate about the impact of biotechnology.

    RISKY BUSINESS is designed to stimulate discussion about this important subject. What are the effects of this new technology on farmers, our food supply, public health and the environment?

    Vividly filmed in laboratories and fields, RISKY BUSINESS presents scientists, industry proponents, environmental and consumer activists from the U.S., Europe, and developing countries who discuss the risks and benefits of biotechnology and its growing international impacts.

    This is the first in an ongoing series of educational programs produced by Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young about the risks and benefits of the new biotechnology.

    Reviews
  • "Fills a long-standing need...for a clear, engaging introduction to the environmental and health risks of agricultural biotechnology." - Gene Exchange, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • "An impressive production the presentation is quite straightforward, avoiding a lot of the biochemical jargon without sacrificing scientific accuracy." - Science Books & Films

  • "Are we letting the genetic genie out of the bottle before considering the consequences? This professionally produced video suggests that we are, while still giving some time to opposing views." Video Librarian

  • "Where is this technology taking us, who benefits and why aren't we having a national discussion on it?" - Dave Butcher, Minnesota Food Association

  • "No jargon, no nonsense filmmaking in the public interest." - Beth Burrows, Edmonds Institute

    Awards
  • Silver Apple, National Educational Media Competition
  • Silver Certificate of Merit, Prix Leonardo
  • Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

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    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 24 minutes
    Copyright: 1996
    StdBkNo: 1594584303
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    MY FATHER'S GARDEN

    Explores sustainable agriculture and the contrast between chemical and organic farming.

    An emotionally charged documentary about the use and misuse of technology on the American farm. In less than fifty years the face of agriculture has been utterly transformed by synthetic chemicals which have had a serious impact on the environment and on the health of farm families. This film tells the story of two farmers, different in all details, yet united by their common goal of producing healthy food.

    One of the farmers is the father of the filmmaker. Herbert Smith was a hero of his age: dedicated, innovative, a champion of the new miracle sprays of the 50s. His fate is the heart of this film. The other, Fred Kirschenmann of North Dakota, is a hero for our age. Faced with a shattered economy and the devastating environmental effects of conventional chemical farming, Fred steered his land through the transition to organic farming. Twenty years later, the Kirschenmann farm is a thriving testament to ingenuity, hard work, and a reverent understanding of nature.

    Fred proves that sustainable agriculture is a viable alternative on any sized farm and that we can bring health and beauty back to the Garden.

    Reviews
  • "For the past 25 years I have searched high and low for a film that captures all of the elements of the crisis and promise of agriculture and now I have found it...it is one of the most respectful and honest looks at the current situation that many farmers find themselves in, and the positive ways that some...are recreating the future." - Mark Ritchie, Executive Director, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

  • "Deeply sympathetic to all farmers and to rural culture. It encompasses the issues of farm history, industry and ecology and can be viewed as both a cautionary tale and a powerful story of hope." - Making a Difference

  • "Kirschenmann is unequivocal in his view of the agricultural world: either you approach a farm as a machine, assuming nature is flawed and in need of a bio-agricultural shot in the arm (a losing battle in the long run), or you approach a farm as a garden and nature as a partner." - Gary Handman, Video Librarian

    Awards
  • Sundance Film Festival
  • Earthwatch Film Award
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • The Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival
  • Silver Spire, San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Silver Plaque, Chicago International Film Festival
  • Best Environmental Program, MountainFilm in Telluride
  • First Place, Documentary, BACA/Brooklyn Arts Council
  • Best Documentary, Canyonlands Film and Video Festival
  • Best Doumentary, Crested Butte Reel Fest
  • Best Documentary, Hope and Dreams Film Festival
  • Best Director: Minnesota Film & Video Expo
  • Bronze TELLY Award
  • Bronze Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition
  • Bronze Award, CINDY Competition
  • Bronze Award, WorldFest Houston
  • Third Place Documentary, Central Florida Film & Video Festival
  • Finalist, USA Film Festival
  • Finalist, Harry Chapin Media Awards
  • Finalist, Great Plains Film Festival
  • Human Rights Film Festival, Calgary
  • Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
  • Athens Film Festival
  • Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema
  • Breckenridge Festival of Film
  • Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival
  • Hawaii International Film Festival
  • Sinking Creek Film and Video
  • International Environmental Film Festival, Pretoria
  • Northwest Documentary Film Festival
  • Festival Internacional de Cinema da Figueira da Foz (Portugal)
  • NYC Sierra Club Film & Video Festival
  • San Francisco Environmental Film Festival
  • Virginia Film Festival
  • Brattleboro Environmental Film Festival

    Item no.: TC02560435
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 56 minutes
    Copyright: 1995
    StdBkNo: 1594581061
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    FAT CHANCE: THE BIG PREJUDICE

    Directed by Jeff McKay

    An obese man re-examines his self-image, and questions the biases in our weight-conscious culture.

    Rick Zakowich is fat. Many would call him obese. Now at 40 he feels he's come to that stage in his life where it's do or die. Nothing has ever worked before; and after 30 years of trying and failing, he wants to give it one more chance. He feels confident; he's got the support of his family and friends, but more importantly he believes in himself.

    FAT CHANCE is the story of Rick's journey toward a new sense of self. Caught in a world where looks are everything, Rick aspires to thinness, but ultimately begins to question the real values of this world promulgated by media, fashion and diet-mania. Spurred on by friends at the National Association for the Advancement of Fat Acceptance, Rick comes to realize that fat is no longer something to despise, change or eradicate. It has become a true part of his identity, a fact of life to be understood, accepted and celebrated.

    Funny and intelligent, this is a beautifully made film destined to change public opinion.

    Reviews
  • "One of the most remarkable pieces of work and art that I've seen in this field ever." - Shay Harris, Milwaukee Psychiatric Hospital, creator of the Obesity and Body Image Program

  • "By following the life of Zakowich... we are given an insight into what should truly matter to people - and it isn't size...I'm going to look at people, all people, in a different way. I highly recommend this video for all public and school libraries." - Video Rating Guide

  • "Funny, endearing, and, at times, quite moving... an excellent program... highly recommended. Editor's Choice." - Video Librarian

    Awards
  • Peabody Award
  • NAAFA Special Achievement Award
  • Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film & Video Festival

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    Format: DVD (Closed Captioned)
    Duration: 72 minutes
    Copyright: 1994
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    FAT CITY

    Sorts fact from fiction in the struggle for weight loss.

    More than two-thirds of Americans are considered overweight. This year over a quarter of the population will go on a diet, but less than 5% will be able to keep the weight off for good. This never-ending struggle for weight loss is the subject of FAT CITY.

    Roger Bingham takes viewers to the Pima Indian Reservation in Arizona. Obesity runs rampant among the Pimas, resulting in an epidemic of diabetes and hypertension. Their weight problem can be linked in part to what scientists call a "thrifty gene," which during ancient times enabled the Pimas to store fat when food was in short supply.

    FAT CITY also investigates other genetic and environmental factors that may account for expanding waistlines, including metabolic rate, diet, exercise, and the brain's biochemistry. Bingham discusses the controversial "set point theory" of weight regulation, an internal mechanism that seems to keep weight within a fairly constant range.

    See FAT CITY for a scientific, yet light-hearted and compassionate understanding of obesity.

    Reviews
  • "Fascinatingly illuminated are the interrelationships of genetic predisposition, metabolic rate and efficiency, and biochemical mechanisms in causing obesity. An informed and enlightening resource for science and health classes." - Booklist

    "An interesting and exceptionally well-made program...The video is educational rather than persuasive in nature. Bingham is not pushing a product, promoting a fad diet, or promising magic results; he is merely offering information...Very highly recommended." - Video Rating Guide for Libraries

    Awards
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Red Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival
  • Bronze Plaque, Columbus Int'l Film & Video Festival

    Item no.: SY02790704
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 28 minutes
    Copyright: 1990
    StdBkNo: 1594588414
    Price: USD 150.00

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    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Presents the environmental effects of eating meat.

    Comparing a cow to a gas-guzzling automobile, Bingham explains the inefficiency of using meat as fuel for the human body, especially in light of the environmental impact of raising all that meat -- from loss of topsoil, and groundwater depletion and pollution, to methane's contribution to global warming, and the growing gap between the rich and poor nations.

    Reviews
  • "This well-balanced, thought-provoking companion to FAT CITY urges viewers to weigh the taste for beef against global responsibilities." - Booklist

  • "Instructively but humorously compares the environmental effects of driving a car with meat-eating...Show this one to school and civic groups just before lunch and watch hamburger sales plummet." - The Animals' Agenda

  • "Would interest a wide range of viewers from junior high level to adult...a good buy for libraries or schools looking for fairly objective, informational videos on this topic." -3 Stars Video Rating Guide for Libraries

    Awards
  • Birmingham International Film Festival
  • U.S. Environmental Film Festival

    Item no.: EW02560396
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 28 minutes
    Copyright: 1990
    StdBkNo: 1594586926
    Price: USD 59.00

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    CIRCLE OF PLENTY

    John Jeavons demonstrates biointensive agriculture as a way to alleviate world hunger.

    Recognizing the impracticality of the "Green Revolution" for many of the world's starving peoples, John Jeavons and his co-workers at Common Ground have spent the last 26 years doing pioneering research to improve the yield of home gardens. He calls his technique biointensive agriculture. His goal is to produce the maximum amount of food from a small plot using the minimum amount of energy inputs and water. The results have been spectacular and offer real hope for solving at least part of the world hunger problem. There are biointensive projects underway in many developing countries, including Mexico where gardens are having a noticeable impact on the health of villagers in Tula.

    Reviews
  • "Jeavons is...probably 10 to 15 years ahead of his time, but his time is coming...My guess is that we're going to see a lot of public research spent on things John Jeavons has been doing by himself." - Bob Bergland, former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

  • "I strongly recommend CIRCLE OF PLENTY, not only because of the quality of the video and the subject content, but because it shows a workable solution to a major problem." - Journal of College Science Teaching

  • "The excitement of an individual's improved self-sufficiency and its implications for the Third World are captured." - Booklist

  • "CIRCLE OF PLENTY reminds us of the need to think small and local in our research and development projects." - G. Edward Schuh, Director, Agriculture and Rural Development, The World Bank

    Awards
  • CINE Golden Eagle
  • Silver Plaque, Chicago Intl. Film Festival
  • Silver Medal, John Muir Medical Film Festival
  • Certificate of Merit, Religious Broadcasting Commission
  • Runner- Up, Chicagoland Educational Film Festival
  • Berlin Agricultural Film Festival

    Item no.: AD02790361
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 28 minutes
    Copyright: 1987
    StdBkNo: 1594587558
    Price: USD 59.00

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    FRAGILE HARVEST

    Directed by Robert Lang

    Biotechnology reduces the gene pool of the world's staple food crops.

    How safe is the future of the world's food? FRAGILE HARVEST explores a growing crisis in world agriculture. Plantbreeding has created today's crops, high yielding but vulnerable to disease and insects. To keep crops healthy, breeders tap all the genetic diversity of the world's food plants. But that rich resource is quickly being wiped out.

    Filmed in Ethiopia, Peru, Turkey, and North America, FRAGILE HARVEST finds "development" that has driven farmers from the land, increased dependence on agrichemicals, and eliminated indigenous adapted varieties of food crops. This has dramatically reduced the world's genetic pool upon which all our food depends.

    The new genetic engineering tools of plantbreeding that could promise solutions to world hunger are increasingly in the hands of multinational chemical companies that have taken over seed companies and are breeding and marketing seeds to suit their agrichemical interests.

    The very future of our food depends on how we are able to conserve the world's genetic resources and re-direct the goals of today's plantbreeding.

    A shorter classroom version of FRAGILE HARVEST has been reedited as SEEDS.

    Review
  • "There is a wealth of information on a wide range of agricultural topics in this film, which is suitable for general and scientific audiences...This film does a fine job of reminding us of how important the genetic diversity of our food supplies really is and why we must protect and preserve it for future generations." - Science Books and Films

    Item no.: PP02560706
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 49 minutes
    Copyright: 1985
    StdBkNo: 0772212688
    Price: USD 59.00

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    GARDEN SONG

    Portrait of Alan Chadwick, inventor of the Biodynamic French Intensive Method of gardening.

    The late Alan Chadwick, actor, master gardener, and inventor of the "Biodynamic French Intensive Method" spent 50 years in the garden -- digging, planting and watching.

    Chadwick's method of gardening in raised beds produces an amazing amount of food in very little space, and uses few resources. Over 50 countries are developing garden projects based on his technique.

    But to Chadwick there is more to gardening than growing food. It can nourish your soul as well.

    A beautiful portrait of a dynamic human being, it was photographed at Chadwick's gardens in Virginia, Boulder Creek and Bolinas, California. It also features John Jeavons and Dr. Paul Lee, who discuss Chadwick's vitally important contribution to small-scale agriculture in a hungry world.

    Reviews
  • "The eloquence of his thought and diction make Chadwick an electrifying proponent of life on a human scale, of moral vision, and personal dignity. An intriguing program for public and college library audiences." - Booklist

  • "Artistic, yet informative -- important ideas are conveyed simply and clearly. Captures the spirit and intensity of a very unique man. Technical quality good to very good." - EFLA Evaluations

  • "He evidently was one of those rare individuals whose vision is clearer, more perceptive than most. Students talk about what a privilege it was to work with and for him: the interviews make quite clear why this was. The man is inspiring." - John Voorhees, Television Critic, The Seattle Times

    Awards
  • Red Ribbon, American Film Festival
  • Golden Eye Award, Assn for Media Educators in Religion Film Festival
  • Merit Award, Athens Video Festival
  • Certificate of Merit, North American Consumer Film Festival
  • National Association for Environmental Education Film Festival
  • Nationwide PBS Broadcast

    Item no.: VJ02790400
    Format: DVD (Color)
    Duration: 28 minutes
    Copyright: 1981
    StdBkNo: 1594583730
    Price: USD 59.00

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    DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET

    Frances Moore Lappe shows how to practice vegetarianism and address world hunger.

    There is tremendous waste of edible protein involved in producing America's meat-centered diet, while much of the world goes hungry.

    Based on the best-selling book DIET FOR A SMALL PLANET, the film features the author Frances Moore Lappe, and Ellen Buchman Ewald, author of RECIPES FOR A SMALL PLANET. With nutritionist/biochemist Dr. Kendall King they explore three main topics:

    1. The Nutrition of Protein - What is protein? Why do we need it? How can we get it?

    2. The Ecological Cost of Meat Protein - Feedlots as protein factories in reverse. Europe and the US as protein drains.

    3. Cooking with Complementary Proteins - Preparation of dishes that exemplify the three main combinations of non-meat foods which produce high quality protein.

    Reviews
  • "The only film we know that encourages Americans to consume more vegetables and less meat...It would be an excellent stimulus for discussion in college courses or at professional meetings. At the high school level, it would be useful in conjunction with consumer education, biology, and health courses." - Nutrition Action

  • "A timely discussion of world hunger, with substantial information on good nutrition." - The Science Teacher

  • "Perhaps its major statement is made by showing that 18 million pounds of vegetable protein are wasted in the US yearly through conversion to meat...This deficit of 18 million pounds is approximately that required by the Third World." - Journal of Nutrition Education.

    Item no.: DD02790698
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 28 minutes
    Copyright: 1973
    StdBkNo: 1594588295
    Price: USD 59.00

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    NUTRITION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT

    This comprehensive program gives students a basic understanding of the relationship of food to health. The program emphasizes good eating habits and explains the need for a varied diet. Graphics trace the steps in digestion and the process of cell building in the human body.

    Item no.: TC00140485
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 87 minutes
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    Price: USD 69.00

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    WINNING SPORTS NUTRITION: THE COMPETITION DIET

    Teach students how to eat like winners before, during and after competition. Leading sports nutritionists give practical tips on what to eat and drink for peak performance. Training tips include how meal schedules affect athletic performance, how to replace fluids... and what kinds of food to avoid before competing.

    Item no.: VN04980416
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 24 minutes
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    Price: USD 69.00

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    YOU CAN BE TOO THIN: UNDERSTANDING ANOREXIA & BULIMIA

    A psychiatrist, specializing in treating eating disorders, leads a group of students in a roundtable discussion and role playing exercises to discuss the causes and consequences of serious eating disorders. The program points out that, with the help of concerned parents, friends, teachers and counselors, a person suffering from eating disorders can develop the coping skills necessary to lead a healthy, happy, and productive life.

    Item no.: ZG00140436
    Format: DVD
    Duration: 67 minutes
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