Short video exploring issues raised by Conservation Magazine's cover story, "Closed-source crops" (Summer 2011 issue, conservationmagazine.org). For more in-depth case study materials to use in your courses, please visit: conservationbridge.org
Contrary to popular perception, desertification is not the loss of land to desert or through sand-dune movement
Desertification refers to land degradation resulting from climatic variations and human activities.
It is not a natural process; it is the result of mankind’s actions.
Today, a third of land is threatened by desertification.
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A short documentary following the development of Tallahassee Sustainability Group, a young Tallahassee student organization dedicated to educating the public about food and agriculture, increasing accessibility to fresh, healthy, food, and strengthening communities by means of urban farming.
This film was produced in Dr. Andy Opel's Advanced Documentary course at Florida State University.
The music used is courtesy of:
Virgins Family Band
The Jazz Masons
*Credits have been removed temporarily so that we can enter the film into a contest with a time limit of 20 minutes (our film is 19 mins 52 seconds)
**All donations to the tip jar will go to facilitate a Tallahassee Sustainability Group project.
I have been working as a beekeeper in New Zealand. We really spend most of the day driving around the countryside, yet while gazing out the window at the gorgeous pastures and scrub, as a beekeeper, I am looking at our big farm, the valleys wide, us and our bees. I imagine every blossom and bloom, every sweet drop of nectar reachable by bee tongue, passing between my rubber gloves and swollen knuckles. There are many beautiful aspects of beekeeping, yet the most spectacular is how in this form of farming, we don't own the land and the plants we harvest from, yet we are always welcome as husband to the pollinators-honey bees.
It didn't take long to get used to the harvest, hauling lugs of anything to the truck has a certain joy, the sensation of making food from the land, the ultimate management. Yet the bees make it a little more exciting than brussels sprouts. First of all, we trick the bees into thinking there is a bush fire. A light puff of smoke at the entrance signals the entire hive to gorge themselves with honey and hide in a food comma in the bottom of the hive. This makes it relatively easy to pry their hive apart with a mini crow bar, a hoodlum breaking into a house; and with a harvest this good, I get the sensation that I am stealing. Blowing the bees off the combs and stacking the oozing boxes onto the truck is a rhythm, a constantly shifting dance with two hooded actors, and the persistent buzzing and stinging of pulsating abdomens.