Every country has it, and almost every town: shut down production sites. Left over are the results of people working incautiously with toxic material and lacking any ecological awareness which leads to a deep impact on soil and groundwater. Scientists are now searching for technical and natural solutions to clean the soil and groundwater from […]
Agrobacteria are a naturally occurring species of soil bacteria, which are able to transfer genes to plant cells. Genetic engineering makes use of this natural process. But how does it work? Jenny Ferguson asks Thorsten Manthey of RLP AgroScience in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse, Germany.
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) is a standard method that is used widely today. It is employed whenever proof is required involving particular DNA sequences. At Germany’s Institute for the Chemical and Veterinary Analysis of Food (CVUA) in Freiburg they use this method to test food for traces of GM plants.
In the fruit gene bank of the Julius Kühn Institute in Dresden-Pillnitz, Germany, more than 800 different cultural varieties of apples grow. Jenny learns about vegetative propagation, cryo storage and the craft of pomologists.
Jenny visits a rye grower. She wants to know how exactly breeding is carried out and how a new variety is reached. What are the bags over the ears for and why do most rye-growing farmers today choose hybrid varieties?
With a cast of rarely filmed, spectacular planktonic characters, we see the world through the eyes of a fish and journey into a mesmerizing world of drifters. This is the ocean as you’ve never seen it before.
Five young people without farming backgrounds embark on making their farming dreams a reality. Starting from scratch, they meet risks and challenges of this demanding profession with imagination, passion, and sacrifice. Intimate and beautifully photographed, this documentary offers a hopeful look at small-scale food production in an age of industrialized agriculture.
Globalization, liberalization, urbanization, population growth, rising price of fuel, climate change – all these contributed to upsetting world food security. In Kerala, too, the reasons are no other. It is estimated that 1 billion people in the world today – or in other words, 1 in every 7 human beings – cannot afford the minimum […]
This documentary explores the world of ever faster growing technological development, in which major changes can happen overnight, and investigates if technological developments that are just around the corner can solve the world’s mayor problems within the next 20 to 30 years. Will we soon live in a world of abundance?
Green mobility powered by sustainable energy, clean drinking water for all thanks to nanotechnology, dyeing textiles using recycled CO2. All of this is possible and is happening successfully now! Working together with Cleantech-founder Nick Parker, this film shows what our world will be like in the decades to come.
John D. Liu diligently spreads the message that restoration of ecosystems is not only possible, but also economically very meaningful. Backlight accompanies Liu on his mission in Jordan and shows on the basis of Liu’s own film material that a green future is possible worldwide.
1300 years ago the region called „Black Forest“ was an eerie area, impenetrable and unsettled. Then missionaries came and started clearing and grabbing. The documentary shows these pioneers and the people who followed them. It shows how they succeeded to live with and within the forest, to overcome all obstacles and create the region as […]
On this farm of 80 hectares which was converted to organic farming 30 years ago, seed selection is the key for the changes: find roots again, reconnect with the life, and transmit to a future generation the fruit of a millenary peasant work. A necessary change nevertheless difficult to assume.
Cultivated plants have an incredible potential: they are able to communicate and cooperate with the living organisms around them: insects, fungi, and other plants. Recent scientific researches propose new avenues for agriculture. The farmers’ practices allow to activate the potential of living creatures for agriculture.
For thousands of years Beijing depended on the Yongding River, but for the last decade the river has been dry. Beijing’s government is spending the equivalent of over 2.5 billion US dollars to create a manicured landscape of lakes and parkland along the river. “The River Runs Back” takes an inside look at the development […]
A high-stakes power play with global repercussions. In a time of global resource shortage and increasing energy prices, it is lithium that is on the way to becoming “the” natural resource of the 21st century. Lithium is the basis for a new kind of battery technology and thus a prerequisite for the spreading of electronic […]
The decrease of green spaces in the capital of the Czech Republic is alarming. Municipal district authorities sell municipally owned land to private companies bellow standard costs while there are hundreds of hectares of unused brownfields in the city which are mostly devoid of greenery. Prague parks and slopes, which function as the city’s green […]
It is not a coincidence that the sand martin was selected by the Czech Society for Ornithology as the Bird of the Year 2013. Natural broken river banks, where sand martins make their nesting burrows, have almost disappeared with river regulation and thus the sand martin is left at the mercy of man in sand […]
Where do squid, jellyfish and other sea creatures begin life? The story of a sea urchin reveals a stunningly beautiful saga of fertilization, development and growth in the ocean depths.
A short environmental story about the relationship between people and nature in which giving and receiving works both ways.
The very last wild horses on the European continent are beautiful and untamed, their traits selected by nature alone. This beautifully shot film reveals all aspects of the Duelmen herd’s existence, as well as the many fascinating species that share with them the rare and disappearing wooded wetlands of Central Europe.
Tree planting is one of the most physically and mentally demanding jobs in Canada. In the independent documentary “78 Days”, veteran tree planter, Jason Nardella, follows a reforestation working the northern Alberta swamplands and dealing with a never-ending contract.
William Kamkwamba builds a windmill from scrap parts to rescue his family from famine, transforming his life and launching him onto the the world stage. His success leads to new opportunities and complex choices, distancing him from the life he once knew.
For several years, thousands of hectares of ancestral forest in Laos have been brought down and replaced by an industrial culture of hevea, the rubber tree. Three local initiatives attempt to make the young Laotians aware of the richness of their environmental heritage and of the danger of deforestation having irremediable consequences on biodiversity.
Scientists warn against a new wave of environmental toxins in the Baltic Sea. Cecilia wants to know about the chemicals her newborn son Alfred might have inherited. For the first time scientist are able to analyse infant’s blood. The result is cause for alarm. It turns out that Alfred has higher levels of certain pollutants […]
Sacred Economics traces the history of money from ancient gift economies to modern capitalism, revealing how the money system has contributed to alienation, competition, destroyed community, and endless growth. Today, these trends have reached their extreme – in the wake of their collapse, we may find great opportunity to transition to a more connected, ecological, […]
Chandran has been collecting cows for about 24 years. He began collecting because he was shocked at the rapid decline of local species within his area. With his old school friend Thomas, he is saving his cows for future generations. This is his story.
Dr Debal Deb, one of the world’s more progressive scientists continues to swim against the corporate flow as he saves indigenous rice seed and builds a seed bank to empower Indian farmers.
A short film on a Punjabi farmer who has realised that India’s farmers have been cheated and that chemical agriculture is the same as taking drugs, the longer you consume them the weaker you become.
A film guide to understanding Japan – before and after the triple catastrophe of March 11, 2011.
Environmental portrait of the second largest desert in North America, a journey into its geological past and a portrait of the biota and landscape. It includes the area of the intersection of the desert and the Sierra Madre Oriental range in Mexico, across Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park all the […]
Focusing on three examples from Mali, Kenya and Tanzania the film demonstrates that development aid has had no effect. It is not a solution. Is it possibly the actual problem?
We all know him, we all love him: Baloo – Mowgli’s companion from the Jungle Book. The role models for Baloo are the Sloth Bears of India – surprisingly little is known about this species. Sloth Bears have never been portrayed in a natural history programme before. This film shows behaviour that was even not […]
It looks like a mosaic of water and woodland – Finland. This episode gives us numerous insights of the fascinating life of wild forest reindeers, saimaa seals, flying squirrels, brown bears, wolves, wolverines, lynx, red-throated divers, black woodpeckers, goldeneye ducks, ospreys, capercaillies and shows the whole beauty of the aurora borealis.
Set during the California Water Crisis of 2009 and 2010, The Fight for Water highlights the human impact an environmental decision had on a farming community when their water supply was shut off. One California Central Valley filmmaker set out to film this event and the marches they staged in order to fight for their […]
The Thar Desert is one of the most water-stressed areas in all of India. Every one in five years is a drought year. With climate change, average rainfall is expected to become more erratic and irregular. ‘In Search of Water,’ explores how one community living on the edge of climate change uses traditional knowledge of […]
25572 BÜTTEL is an experimental doc that takes you from trees seaming the river, mobile homes, an industrial zone surrounded by chemical plants and power stations; in their midst, a memorial for the dead soldiers of the World Wars. The film ends with Ulrike Almut Sandig’s poem [meine heimat] about foreignness, loss and destruction.
The cornfield – just an area for producing food- or a land full of secrets? In the western industrial nations cornfields and woods take up the greatest proportion of rural land. But how much natural life dwells in a cornfield? Why are some cornfield inhabitants harmful and others useful and what do the colourful flowers […]
Greg Tucker and Gilbert Shama explain how they are ‘mean’ to broccoli in a bid to extend shelf life.
Part of food research involves the hard work of harvesting crops!
A look into the high technology used in strawberry research!
Melawa – The Festival of Marriages is the story of a small village girl. In one of the school drawing competitions, Manju presents the blunt reality of innocent girls in her village. On the basis of a superstitious belief Manju’s father arranges for her marriage, but she takes a bold decision.
Bali Raja, a poor farmer, dreams of a day when the bankers are requesting him to take loan from heir banks, the money lenders are pleading to take money from them, the market agents are fighting to buy the yield from him, the government officer is treating him like a king and he along with […]
A report about a small central Bohemian village whose purposeful enthusiastic mayor woke up the potential of local people and thus obtained volunteers from both his village and outsiders. Their task was to restore walking paths between villages and to plant trees to line them. Thanks to joint effort not only the village itself looks […]
A luscious exploration of the natural world, using hard core science with a light hearted look at how plants behave. From the Great Basin Desert to Canada’s coastal rainforests, lead scientist JC Cahill takes us on a journey into the real ‘secret world of plants’, revealing an astonishing world of pulsing activity where plants communicate, […]
From the majestic kelp forests of Monterey Bay to a magical night on a coral reef from the storm-tossed waters of the mighty North Pacific to the crystal blue of the Mediterranean Sea: The Changing Sea explores some of the most stunning underwater locations in the world as it sets sail on a scientific race […]
All you always wanted and maybe did not want to know about the most famous insects of our countryside. The documentary captures the whole cycle of the development of a butterfly from an egg, larva, pupa to the adult butterfly, and the pitfalls that befall the individual stages of the butterfly’s life. People can have […]
All you always wanted and maybe did not want to know about the most famous insects of our countryside. When encountering a wasp you might think that it is only one species, but in our geographic area there are in fact seven.
People in villages of Southern Moravia use plums in various ways. There is a lot of waste from the slivovitz distillation – namely the stones. But the family of Haliks solved this problem.
This eye-opening film reveals the true meaning of “organic”. When corporations went into the business and “organic” became a brand, the philosophy and label grew apart. But there’s hope! Director Kip Pastor looks beyond the label and unearths inspiring solutions for our health and environmental problems. Change is coming from the soil up.
A student documentary and a report on the travels of students from the Czech University of Life Sciences who visited Cornwall, the westernmost tip of England. The shire is a mixture of Cornwallian pride and Celtic roots. And thus a new culture is born.
A record of the evening ceremony and announcement of the 11th competition of the Czech Private Farmers Association for the best farm of the year 2012. The main objective of this competition is to show both agricultural and non-agricultural public that Czech farmers can be not only successful businessmen and content people but also proud […]
Just imagine… Teen moms becoming Urban Farmers. Utopia? Not in Detroit! The bankrupt hometown of mass production is turning green again. Nature is taking over the city and the new generation is taught to harvest its profit.
Results: Bt maize and honey bees: Does genetically modified Bt maize pose a risk to honeybees? Stephan Härtel and his team at the University of Würzburg, Germany, investigated this possibility in a three-year research project. They did not find that Bt maize affected the bees’ health in any of their experiments.
The documentary “Tomato on the Road” is a story about two travelling tomatoes: a Czech one and a Spanish one. The film narrates and compares the stories of several people who come across tomatoes every day and are a part of the gigantic “tomato” chain.
Do you want to find out what the scientists at the Institute of Physiology of the Academy of Sciences do? Would you like to know how for example the research of memory, heart diseases or schisophernia is carried out? Don’t hesitate and step into the Institute of Physiology thanks to a unique interactive presentation that […]
A TV documentary about organic farmers who have taken the fate of the landscape into their own hands and try to return to it its former variety and biodiversity.
Create GLOWING PLANTS using synthetic biology and Genome Compiler’s software – the first step in creating sustainable natural lighting
For many years, Norwegian fishermen have been fishing cod from the sea. Fishing is usually done with nets that catch the large fish and allow the small ones to escape. But one day the large fish started to disappear, and this is bad for the fishing industry. Scientists try to find out what is going […]
In this video, we talk about our research on slavemaking ants and their hosts (slaves). The slavemakers are of one species (P. americanus) and the hosts (slaves) of another species (T. longispinosus). Host ants can be captured by the slavemaker ants, and these captured ants (slaves) normally work for the slavemaker queen. But recently, it […]