Biological Control is a documentary about sustainable winegrowing in California. We hope to document the progress of the 2010 growing season at major California winegrowers like Joseph Phelps, Cain Vineyards, Spring Mountain Vineyards, and Constellation Wines, and provide a unique look into the farmer's relationship to the land, the season, and the natural environment.
The film follows the collaboration between California winegrowers and research scientists from U.C. Berkeley as they explore ecological and sustainable approaches to pest control. Researchers Houston Wilson and Albie Miles work with farmers to use flowers, rather than chemicals, to control pests. By planting flowers in between rows of grapevines, they hope to attract beneficial bugs like wasps, ladybugs, and spiders, that naturally control the pests that feed on and destroy grapes. While it may seem counterintuitive - the idea that by attracting even more bugs to your field, you can keep pests out - Houston and Albie hope to prove that this form of biological pest control is both a sustainable and economical alternative to chemical pesticides.
Biological Control is currently in production, shooting from March 2010 until October 2010 and we can use your support. To find out more about the project and how you can help, please visit biocontrolmovie.com