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10

Mar

The Story of Stuff – You MUST See This!

A really great overview video condensed into a quick presentation. You really MUST watch this video and pass it along. You can learn more and pass it around by going to The Story of Stuff website.

17

Sep

Darwin’s Nightmare

Darwin’s Nightmare

Some time in the 1960’s, in the heart of Africa, a new animal was introduced into Lake Victoria as a little scientific experiment. The Nile Perch, a voracious predator, extinguished almost the entire stock of the native fish species. However, the new fish multiplied so fast, that its white fillets are today exported all around the world. Huge hulking ex-Soviet cargo planes come daily to collect the latest catch in exchange for their southbound cargo… Kalashnikovs and ammunitions for the uncounted wars in the dark center of the continent. spacer This booming multinational industry of fish and weapons has created an ungodly globalized alliance on the shores of the world’s biggest tropical lake: an army of local fishermen, World bank agents, homeless children, African ministers, EU-commissioners, Tanzanian prostitutes and Russian pilots.

This is another good film that bridges many of the issues that I’ve been talking about: environment, food/animal use, politics and war. It’s not a very easy film to watch, but is very impacting. I gives a very down to earth portrait of how and why people end up in different circumstances. This film certainly deserves your attention.

16

Sep

Black Gold

Black Gold
You are probably thinking this post is going to be about oil. ZZZZZZ… This is about fair trade coffee. I’m a big coffee drinker and passionate about it. When I have the choice I always choose fair trade and organic. Sadly South Korea (at least Jeju-do) has very few options in those regards. Although I think things are slowly changing here. You can get organic coffee served to you at a few places, but I haven’t found anywhere that you can purchase whole beans. And fair trade seems to be unheard of here.

This movie called Black Gold addresses many issues surrounding the environment, world economics, corporate interests and coffee, of course. If you drink coffee I think it is a must see. Even if you don’t drink coffee I think it gives a good perspective of issues related to developing nations and corporate and economic impacts in those nations.

16

Sep

An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth is an American Academy Award-winning documentary film about global warming, presented by former United States Vice President Al Gore and directed by Davis Guggenheim. The film premiered at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival. A companion book authored by Gore reached #1 on the paperback nonfiction New York Times bestseller list on July 2, 2006. Earning $49 million at the box office worldwide, An Inconvenient Truth is the fourth-highest-grossing documentary film to date in the United States. An Inconvenient Truth focuses on Al Gore and his travels in support of his efforts to educate the public about the severity of the climate crisis. Gore says, “I’ve been trying to tell this story for a long time and I feel as I’ve failed to get the message across.” The film closely follows a Keynote presentation that Gore presented throughout the world. It intersperses Gore’s exploration of data and predictions regarding climate change and its potential for disaster with Gore’s life story

I wanted to post the more American media familiar Al Gore film, An Inconvenient Truth. I think this film is a good primer on the issues surrounding global climate change and the impacts associated with it. I think this movie is a good compliment to Earthlings which you can see in a previous post here. Animal use and environmental impact are tied together very closely. One affects the other. Consider this:

The United Nations Food & Agriculture Organization has issued a stunning report on global warming. Livestock production is responsible for more climate change gasses than all the motor vehicles in the world.

The source for that quote is here.

16

Sep

The World According to Monsanto

The World According to Monsanto
The French documentary, called “The World According to Monsanto” and directed by independent filmmaker Marie-Monique Robin, paints a grim picture of a company with a long track record of environmental crimes and health scandals.

This film has very similar information to “The Future of Food” which I posted here. I think “The Future of Food” is more concise and better wrought in some ways, but I still think this is an excellent film and deserves your viewing. The whole video is embedded above.

14

Sep

The Future of Food

The Future of Food

Update: I just found the full length documentary and embedded it above. Watch this movie now. It’s a really good one.

This is still one of the most impacting documentaries I’ve seen on food and GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organisms). This is only a 10min excerpt. I highly encourage you to see the whole movie The Future of Food.

In the United States no company has to label if the food has GMO content or not. In Eroupe, they banned GMO’s, same with Japan. This is one huge reason to start eating organics. I know they are expensive… but pay now or pay later.

13

Sep

Earthlings – Animal Use Documentary

Earthlings Documentary

EARTHLINGS is a feature length documentary about humanity’s absolute dependence on animals (for pets, food, clothing, entertainment, and scientific research) but also illustrates our complete disrespect for these so-called “non-human providers.” The film is narrated by Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix and features music by the critically acclaimed platinum artist Moby. With an in-depth study into pet stores, puppy mills and animals shelters, as well as factory farms, the leather and fur trades, sports and entertainment industries, and finally the medical and scientific profession, EARTHLINGS uses hidden cameras and never before seen footage to chronicle the day-to-day practices of some of the largest industries in the world, all of which rely entirely on animals for profit. Powerful, informative and thought-provoking, EARTHLINGS is by far the most comprehensive documentary ever produced on the correlation between nature, animals, and human economic interests. There are many worthy animal rights films available, but this one transcends the setting.

This movie made me cry watching it. We all really need to start thinking about our choices and what we contribute to in our daily lives. Understanding the chain from production to the store shelf is essential. This film filled in a lot of the blanks for me about steps in the process that I never see. It helped me understand the implications of my buying actions. I have to say it made me happy I’m a vegetarian. This isn’t the reason I became a vegetarian altogether, but it reinforces the choice I made.

I think this is an important entry for the political discussion as well. Food and energy are two potential flash points for humanity, so I think we should all be educating ourselves so that we can understand the implications and take appropriate actions in the future. We’re disrupting both eco-systems and natural resources in significant ways and our rate of consumption in both respects is going to change in the near future. The oil is finite and will disappear sooner than later and eco-systems that are disrupted are going to have far reaching affects. Most environmental scientists are predicting a cascade crash of biological systems. If you watch a lot of films like Zeitgeist you start to ask the question, “Is this destruction all planned?”. It’s a scary, scary thought.