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Gator Farm | America's Heartland

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Cattle, horses, or pigs are usually what you think of when you think of livestock. Well, in Florida this farm raises Alligators. Take a look at this unique niche farm and how they operate. 

Food, Inc.: The Dollar Menu

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In Food, Inc., filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the veil on our nation's food industry, exposing the highly mechanized underbelly that's been hidden from the American consumer with the consent of our government's regulatory agencies, USDA and FDA. In this clip, a family compares the cost of eating fast food to healthier options at the grocery store. Students should discuss the economics of the food industry and how the cost of foods affects their choices.

Georgia Olive Farms | Fast Forward

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It’s a little known fact that Georgia farms grew olives back in the 1800’s. But it’s becoming a much better known fact that this crop is making a comeback. Thanks to people like State Representative and farmer Jason Shaw, we learn why our state’s climate is so hospitable to the olive, creating a whole new industry. And while we’re visiting the southern side of the state, we take a ride on the Georgia Grown Trail to learn a little about agritourism.

What's the Value of a Life? | Braincraft

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How do scientists—and doctors—measure the value of a life?

Wetlands: The Drain Game | What Can Be Done

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Although it may take many years and much work, through the process of conservation and restoration the people of Canada can get their wetlands back. The legislation can help by passing laws and providing incentives.

Shipping on the Great Lakes: Benefits and Consequences of Exporting Goods

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Learn how Lake Michigan is used for the shipping and exporting of goods. Lake Michigan is 118 miles at its widest point, 301 miles long and is the third largest Great Lake by surface area. Today Lake Michigan continues to be a major shipping route to and from the Midwest for freighters. 

The town of Singapore, founded in the 1830’s, was one of the first establishments on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan. This town started as an entrepreneurial town to rival Chicago or Milwaukee as a lake port. It quickly became known as a busy lumbering and timbering town.

White pine lumber was in great demand all over the Midwest until October of 1871. A couple of days after the Great Chicago Fire, a big forest fire burned the western side of Michigan near Singapore and depleted the timber supply. Singapore went bankrupt because of the weakened timber supply and became a ghost town.

With Singapore becoming a ghost town and no longer a Lake Michigan shipping port, timber and leather had to find a way to be shipped to Chicago and the Midwest. The town of Saugatuck became the nearest port on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan to ship goods across Lake Michigan to Chicago and the Midwest. 

With the decline of the timber industry, due to the forest fire, fruit farming was gaining popularity. Boats were needed to ship fresh fruit and leather across Lake Michigan.

With Lake Michigan becoming a major shipping route, this led to a decline in the fishing industry. 

The opening of the Welland Canal connecting the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Ocean, via the St. Lawrence Seaway, had positive and negative effects on the ecosystems of Lake Michigan. 

Career Connections | Farmer

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Look inside the business of farming with a real farmer who explains how he started with a 10-acre field and helped build a large family farm enterprise. Hear the importance of business skills and a college degree for success in a farming career.

Poisoned Waters: The Startling New Contaminants

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Explore startling new contaminants in our drinking water in this video from FRONTLINE Poisoned Waters.

Battle for the Elephants: Tanzania's Ivory Stockpile

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Investigative reporter Aidan Hartley meets with Khamis Kagasheki, Minister of Natural Resources for Tanzania, who agreed to allow Hartley and a camera crew to take the first-ever footage of the stockpile. The vast warehouse stores thousands of tusks accumulated over the last 23 years—90 metric tons valued at $50 million.

Life on a Goat Farm | America's Heartland

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Travel to Waynesboro, Tennessee, and visit the goats at Bonnie Blue Farm. Learn about the farmers, their cheesemaking process, and, of course, their goats, and discover the hard work and passion that go into running a successful farm.

Battle for the Elephants: Trafficking Poached Ivory

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Investigative reporters Aidan Hartley and Bryan Christy follow the path of poached ivory from the port of Mombasa, Kenya, to the ivory carvers and luxury ivory shops in China.