Food

Artichokes | Valley's Gold

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Learn about California's official state vegetable, the artichoke. From field to fork, learn what it takes to grow and prepare this unique crop.

Changing Face of Agriculture | Precision

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Farmers are stereotyped as being old fashioned and resistant to change, but today’s farmers embrace new technologies that make farming easier and more productive.  New farming equipment incorporates computer technology that makes farming a highly technological process.  Farmers are also using other technologies that help them know what to plant, how to plant and how to increase productivity.

Eradicating Malaria with DDT

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Discover the story of Dr. Fred Soper and his efforts to eliminate malaria in this video segment adapted from Rx for SurvivalDr. Soper targeted the Anopheles gambiae mosquito, the species known to spread malaria. He devised a strategy that included destroying breeding sites and controlled spraying of a pesticide known as DDT. The video explains why Soper's global campaign ultimately stalled, before it reached the African continent, and why DDT was almost uniformly banned from use. The video concludes with some experts suggesting that it may be time to reconsider using DDT to save African lives.

Chicken Waste and Water Pollution

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This video segment adapted from FRONTLINE: “Poisoned Waters” describes the problem of water pollution from chicken waste. On the Chesapeake Bay’s Eastern Shore, large-scale chicken farms dominate the landscape. These factory farms produce a bountiful supply of cheap chicken, but also an excess of chicken manure. Runoff from these farms, which is largely unregulated, flows into rivers that pollute the bay. While chicken farmers and chicken companies debate who should be responsible for the waste, the industry has successfully resisted pollution control regulations, arguing that voluntary practices are better.

Cheese by the Numbers: 0

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Is it safe to make cheese from unpasteurized milk? Find out in this episode of Cheese Cubed!

Greater Boston | Can Organic Farms and Mosquito Control Coexist?

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This video segment from Greater Boston examines the issue of spraying pesticides to combat disease-carrying insects. Massachusetts had been planning to use aerial spraying to control the spread of eastern equine encephalitis, a disease spread by mosquitoes. Ron Maribett, an organic farmer, said that if the state sprayed pesticides it would harm his business. The state said it would avoid spraying organic farms, but Maribett would have to bring livestock inside for 48 hours and avoid harvesting crops for two days. Another resident of the area believed that the spraying was necessary, but that farmers should be compensated for any losses.

Will Allen, Urban Farmer | MacArthur Fellows Program

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In this interview, 2008 MacArthur Fellow Will Allen explains why future generations of farmers will be found in our ever-expanding cities. Allen is an urban farmer who is transforming the cultivation and delivery of healthy foods to underserved, urban populations. Growing Power, which Allen co-founded and directs, offers internships and workshops that engage youth in producing healthy foods for their communities. The organization also provides intensive, hands-on training to those who are interested in establishing similar farming initiatives. This resource is part of the MacArthur Fellows Program Collection.

Innovative Female Farmers | America's Heartland

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Hedgebrook Farm is proudly owned and operated by Kitty Nicholas, her two daughters, and her mother. Discover how they've pursued niche markets such as opening an inn on their land and "renting" cows to neighbors to keep the farm innovative.

Wind Energy in the Heartland | America's Heartland

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Farms and ranches have used windmills for generations, and now wind turbines are a common sight in the heartland. Discover how this renewable energy has been embraced by agricultural communities.

Chile Pepper Harvest | America's Heartland

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Come on down to Hatch, New Mexico, which the locals call the chile-pepper capital of the world, and learn about the annual harvest and the Hatch Chile Festival, held every Labor Day weekend.

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