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Part of the "Green Careers" series. Provides an inside look at an organic farm and an organic retail store. Discusses the daily challenges and rewards of working in this field. Organic farming includes a wide range of jobs in production, marketing, and distribution. Jobs profiled include the following: farm manager, retail sales manager, and organic produce buyer.
Preserving the environment and developing agricultural products that do not harm unintended targets are top priorities for many scientists and farmers. It’s a new era of crop management known as precision agriculture. It maximizes productivity while minimizing energy use and environmental impacts. One of the major challenges being addressed by precision agriculture is over-fertilization. Support from the National Science Foundation (NSF) has led to the development by startup SupraSensor Technologies of a novel sensor to detect nitrate fertilizer in soil. The SupraSensor device is designed to give farmers a highly accurate, virtually constant stream of data on nitrate levels. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Students at UC Davis are working to create high-tech tools to help make agriculture more precise. Some areas of research focus on plant genetics and biotechnology. Also in this episode, an organic farmer and a plant geneticist discuss the goals of sustainable farming. Part of the "9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming" series.
Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. In this clip, farm owner Nigel Walker, discusses the benefits of community supported agriculture. Part of the Nourish Short Films Series.
Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. In this clip, author Michael Pollan defines monocrops and how these crops have changed agriculture. Part of the Nourish Short Films Series.
California agriculture is a $37.5 billion industry with "The Golden State" being home to nine of the nation's top ten producing counties. Researchers at UC Davis have created innovative farming techniques to help farmers meet the many challenges ahead. Part of the "9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming" series.
There's no question agriculture has a considerable environmental footprint. In this episode, UC Davis researchers discuss ways to reduce that impact. They also discuss the "Bovine Bubbles" that brought one UC Davis researcher international attention and "cleared the air" when it comes to how much gas cows really produce. Part of the "9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming" series.
Agriculture isn't just about sowing the land; it's about finding solutions to modern problems facing the food supply. With farmland shrinking and a hungry population growing, researchers at UC Davis are working to ensure an abundant food supply. In this episode, students will learn about the "100-year experiment" and meet the first graduates of a brand new major. Part of the "9 Billion Mouths to Feed: The Future of Farming" series.
The honeybee is vital to the pollination process and to the food supply. Agriculture depends on increasing the number of honeybees on farms, and scientists are studying ways to save and increase the honeybee population.
One of the fifteen parts of the "Farm to Market" series. Explores the journey this popular fiber takes from the time it is a small green plant through harvest, ginning, spinning, weaving, and sewing.
Agricultural engineers explain their work and how they use biology and engineering to make farms energy efficient and the food supply safe and plentiful. They describe what drew them to this profession and also discuss their education and career paths.
There are four categories of climate types found around the world and discusses the similarities and differences among them. This program examines cold climate areas, temperate climate regions, dry climates, and equatorial warm and humid climates.
Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. In this clip, Edible Schoolyard founder Alice Waters discusses the benefits of creating a school garden. Part of the Nourish Short Films Series.
Join Joel and the Curiosity Quest crew as they visit a cranberry bog in Wisconsin to learn how cranberries are harvested. Watch as Joel encounters the cold Wisconsin weather and wades through the flooded cranberry fields to help in the harvest. Part of the Curiosity Quest Series.
One of the fifteen parts of the "Farm to Market" series. Reveals the process behind one of the world's most popular treats. Demonstrates how chocolate begins as cacao beans growing on the cacao plant. The journey continues with the processing of cacao seeds into cocoa, which is then transformed into delicious chocolate products.
A little boy named Liam discovers a struggling garden and decides to take care of it. As time passes, the garden spreads throughout the dark, gray city, transforming it into a lush, green world. Based on the book by Peter Brown.
Many of the things we eat and enjoy are grown in soil. This program explores the various types of soil and rocks. The narrator also describes the different characteristics of soil and rocks. Viewers also learn the importance of soil while taking a look at how soil is formed.
Nourish is an educational initiative designed to open a meaningful conversation about food and sustainability, particularly in schools and communities. In this clip, farmer Nigel Walker discusses how he decides from which plants to gather seeds. Theses seeds are used to produce future crops. Part of the Nourish Short Films Series.
Argentinean agriculture has one of the world’s highest productivity rates and is known for its soybean, corn and sunflower crops. However, the industry is also a significant contributor of greenhouse gas emissions. These climatic changes could in turn affect the productivity of the agricultural sector as well as impact economic aspects of the farmers’ lives. Chapter 3 of Air: Climate Change Series.
Provides step-by-step instructions on how to grow a variety of plants in containers. Includes the following topics: varieties of containers (available for purchase); how to make your own container; container selection and preparation; soil preparation; choosing plant varieties; bringing it all together: examples of assembled containers; and care and maintenance of plants.
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