Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Science: Agriculture

Agricultural Sciences Series

This series not only underscores the importance of intelligent farming, while documenting significant advances made in agriculture; it also offers programs that underscore the importance of environmentally sound farming practices that are beneficial to all parts of our growing world. Series: 7 programs (15 to 60 minutes). Click for more

Sustainable Agriculture: The NOSLaM Project

Sustainable Agriculture: The NOSLaM Project

"The acronym NOSLaM stands for North Otago Sustainable Land Management. North Otago is a region on the southeast coast of New Zealand. The program objectively assesses the environmental impact of agricultural practices and provides proof of compliance, steps that would be prohibitively expensive for many individual farmers. Issues addressed include soil erosion, animal health, chemical herbicides and insecticides, and organic product certification." -EMRO Review
The United Nations estimates there will be over nine billion people on the planet by the year 2050; how are we going to healthfully feed everyone? This many people means there will have to be a dramatic increase in agricultural production capabilities; however, organic farming, which is becoming more and more popular, often results in less crops; also, if we cut down forests to increase areas for crops, what about global warming? There seems to be no easy answers; still, there is hope. American filmmaker, Craig Hinde, traveled to New Zealand to document the success story of a local organization of farmers, which has the acronym NOSLaM, who have become internationally certified as sound environmental managers of their farms. They have led the way in establishing this standard because they want every marketing advantage possible for their products. New Zealand farmers do not receive governmental subsidies, and ninety per cent of farm income comes from exports; thus they have put emphasis on environmental management, animal welfare, and food safety as a means of attracting world consumers. They believe that this, combined with their penchant for creating niche markets, will make them environmentally and economically sustainable. Because of the looming reality, sustainable agricultural plans such as this need to be considered if farmers are going to be able to produce food indefinitely without causing irreversible damage to the health of our ecosystems. Produced by Maplewood Productions, Inc. 06/10DE JSCA 35 min.

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