Industrial and Sustainable Farming

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


  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on April 12, 2013.
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  • Industrial vs. Sustainable Farming (1:06) -- Issues with Large Scale Agriculture (1:46) -- Industrial Farming: Supplying Cities (1:39) -- Chemical Inputs in Agriculture (1:06) -- Combating Soil Degradation (0:58) -- Monoculture: Going against Nature (1:18) -- Ecosystem Service Accounting (0:50) -- Sustainable Farming Philosophies (1:34) -- Benefits of Sustainable Farming (1:21) -- Sustainable Cultivation Practices (2:22) -- Soil Protection, Interplanting and Mulching (2:28) -- Drawbacks of Sustainable Farming (1:11) -- Balancing Business and Environment (0:50) -- Environmental Stewardship (1:46) -- Credits: Industrial and Sustainable Farming (1:02)
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