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Thermal Banking: Cold Storage (video)

Thermal Banking: Cold Storage (video)

The thermal banking technology that Steven Schwen uses in his innovative greenhouse (see Sustainable Energy: Thermal Banking Greenhouse Design) applies not only to conservation of heat, but to cold storage and refrigeration. In this short companion video, Schwen discusses his plans for an ice house at his farm in Minnesota, and how this project is […]

Farmer Don-In His Own Words

Farmer Don-In His Own Words

Part of the reason pesticides are widely used in agriculture comes down to the general preferences of the average American consumer. Farmer Don, a local Portland farmer who grows and sells a variety of fresh foods explains the fussiness some people exhibit toward fruits and vegetables—they won’t buy if something is blemished or has any […]

Temple Grandin: Humane Treatment of Livestock (video)

Temple Grandin: Humane Treatment of Livestock (video)

Dr. Grandin talks about her approach to helping livestock handling facilities become more effective and humane.

As We Sow: The Corporate Farm

As We Sow: The Corporate Farm

I started “documenting” in 2001, not “making a documentary” exactly, because I really didn’t know what it was going to end up being. The New York Times had run a series of articles about the disappearance of small towns across the Midwest, about communities drying up and farmers forced off the land. I wanted to […]

Raj Patel: The Value of Nothing-an Overview (video)

Raj Patel: The Value of Nothing-an Overview (video)

In Raj Patel’s new book, The Value of Nothing, Patel explains what it means to have corporate monopolies that can manipulate both price and supply, coupled to a “free market” philosophy…