Category Archives: Videos

Thin Line

“Every ten seconds,
someone dies from diabetes
and in the time it’s taken me to recite this poem
fifteen people have died.”

Watch Ivori Holson outline the harmful effects of a sugary drink diet in “Thin Line” written and performed by Ivori for the Bigger Picture project, a collaboration between Youth Speaks and UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations.

Sugary drinks are the number one source of calorie’s in young people’s diets. Drinking one or two sugary drinks each day increases the risk of type 2 diabetes by about 25%. Nearly 1 in 2 children of color born in the year 2000 will get diabetes in their lifetime…unless we do something about it. Raise your voice and join the conversation about diabetes.

Soil Carbon Cowboys

Via Rural Madison

Intensive Grazing in Northern Vermont using tumble wheel electric fence.
Intensive Grazing in using tumble wheel electric fence.

Meet Allen Williams, Gabe Brown and Neil Dennis – heroes and innovators! These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. They are turning ON their soils, enabling rainwater to sink into the earth rather than run off. And these turned ON soils retain that water, so the ranches are much more resilient in drought. It’s an amazing story that has just begun.

 
“Why do I want to go out and spend thousands upon thousands of dollars every year on synthetic fertilizer when I can grow these crops for just the cost of the seed? They’ll make the nitrogen for me and then my livestock will come around and eat these plants, convert it to dollars for me to sell,” said Brown, a rancher from Bismarck, ND, which gets fewer than 17 inches of annual rainfall. “So, I’m getting all my fertilizer, basically for a profit because I’m making money off these crops.”

Farm-City, State

Farm-City, StateFarm-City, State asks the question, ‘What if an entire city could feed itself?’

Come join us as we explore Austin’s local food scene and see how it will grow into the future. How do you feed an entire city? These people have an answer and the feature film will explore scalability, distribution, consumer education and the future of food in Austin, Texas.

Learn about the characters in the local food scene that have changed the face of food in Austin over the past 6 years. Watch the journey of one local urban farmer that starts in a backyard and grows to a larger piece of land in East Austin. Enjoy the adventures of a family of 5 that sources local food for 30 days – and how they like or dislike it?

This dynamic adventure will help you understand where Austin fits into the local food scene that is sweeping the nation.

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Asian slave labour producing shrimp for US supermarkets

A six-month Guardian multimedia investigation has, for the first time, tracked how some of the world’s big-supermakets are using suppliers relying on slave labour to put cheap shrimp on their shelves.

The investigation has established that large numbers of men bought and sold like animals and held against their will on fishing boats off Thailand are integral to the production of prawns (commonly called shrimp in the US) sold in leading supermarkets around the world, including the top four global retailers: Walmart, Carrefour, Costco and Tesco.

Slavery is back and here’s the proof..


 
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Wrong Mine, Wrong Place

Tens of millions of salmon are beginning to return to the streams, rivers and headwaters of the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve in Alaska. They are in the final stage of completing a life cycle that began years earlier in the very same location and as long as the spawning grounds are intact and protected, these runs will continue to thrive forever.

 
But this vast, pristine habitat—home to one of the most important salmon fisheries in the world— is facing a catastrophic threat. Given massive discoveries of gold and copper deep below the surface of Bristol Bay’s headwaters, a foreign mining conglomerate called the Pebble Partnership plans to build North America’s largest open pit mine. Should toxic mining waste from the Pebble Mine find its way into the watershed, the effects would prove catastrophic to salmon and the entire ecosystem.

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New certification tells you which restaurants give extra food to those in need

By Holly Richmond

Plenty of restaurants advertise the sustainable practices that went into making their food, but what about what happens to the unsold leftovers? Food Recovery Certified is a new program that tells you via a sticker on the front door if your fave lunch spot donates its extra food to those in need.

Food Recovery Certified is a project of The Food Recovery Network, a national network of college students taking cafeteria leftovers to homeless people. Founder Ben Simon started the group in 2011, at the University of Maryland. (The network’s saved more than 320,000 pounds of food from the dump in its first three years.)