Vanishing of the Bees

This film discusses the disturbing trend of the loss of honeybees known as CCD – Colony Collapse Disorder. Beekeepers reveal the mysterious and abrupt disappearance of hive after hive of seemingly healthy bees. Beekeepers are not only concerned about the pollination impact, but also about what this means from a big picture perspective. They believe that this is merely an indicator of the health of the environment and the sustainability of current common practices.

Holistic practices vs. industrial practices are compared including queen bee lifespan and artificial insemination, honey vs. sugar syrup as food for the hive, and local hives vs. migratory or trucked hives. The potential impact of topical and systemic pesticides are reviewed showing the relation of CCD to the introduction of systemic pesticides and GMOs. Also discussed is the increase in honey products being imported and supplemented with lactose and high fructose corn syrup.

You can help support the honeybees by buying local, buying organic, or planting your own garden.

Learn more about this issue and view the trailer here: http://www.vanishingbees.com/

Here’s another article from Natural News on this topic: http://www.naturalnews.com/042765_neonicotinoids_honey_bees_immune_systems.html

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Windfall

Great film revealing the realities of wind turbines. With the push for green energy sources we have seen wind farms pop up all over the nation. More and more, the companies installing these wind turbines are leasing land in rural areas and on farms where residents live in close proximity to these structures.

This film primarily focuses on the small town of Meredith in upstate New York and how this issue has divided its citizens. Video footage of the flickering shadows cast through windows into homes and recordings of the low thumping hum give you an idea of the reality of the daily impact of these turbines in residential areas. Residents share information on the noise and vibrations that are a constant annoyance and the health issues they have experienced that started when the turbines were turned on, including headaches, nausea, insomnia, and fatigue. Issues such as setbacks, ice throws, and equipment failures are discussed, as well as the realities of energy ROI.

View the trailer here: http://windfallthemovie.com

Also learn more about the health, wildlife, and environmental impacts of wind turbines here: http://wind-watch.org/

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Genetic Chile

An up-close look at the impending introduction of GMOs into yet another crop, this film centers around New Mexico’s green chile and the controversy around genetically engineering this revered pepper that residents feel is part of their heritage. New Mexico State University received a government grant to produce GMO green chiles and is beginning research while the community is fighting back and the local farmers are trying to prevent these organisms from being introduced into the crops. Includes discussion around safety, crop production and health, and impact to local industry. Great info about GMOs that every needs to know!

Read more from the filmmaker here: http://revolutionarysharing.wordpress.com/film/

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Also check out Genetic Roulette for more info on GMOs.

A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms

A must-see about the damage to the environment being caused by factory farms (also known as CAFOs – Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) and their dangerous practices, and how our regulations compare with the rest of the world. US practices and regulations are given Report Card ratings in areas such as arsenic, ammonia, antibiotics, hormones, waste disposal, and animal welfare and are compared against ratings in the same categories for European countries, showing an enormous disparity. It is truly frightening to see the results of the damage caused by the pollution of the air and water, including young lives lost by sudden onset of terminal diseases after exposure to this hazardous pollution. The current standards are not sustainable and must be changed to give us an opportunity to reverse the damage that has been done.

View the trailer here: http://www.ariverofwaste.com/

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No Impact Man

This film follows a family living in New York City as they take on a year long project to reduce their negative impact on the earth. Some of the changes they make include shopping locally, biking/walking instead of motor transit, composting, reducing the use of disposable containers, and finally, living without electricity for 6 months. They take their experiment to the extreme as a way to help them break from the normal dependencies on everyday conveniences and ultimately learn what they can and can’t live without. The take home message here is a valuable one – if we all look for areas where we can make small improvements, such as shopping locally or using reusable bags and cups, together we can make a significant impact!

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