'Locally Abundant' – Sustainable Food Documentary (full)

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* Summary: “In the summer of 2011, two young Maritimers, Justin Cantafio and Ryan Oickle, departed on a journey that would take them across Canada and back in just under four months. We left from Halifax, Nova Scotia, and traveled as far as the Discovery Islands Archipelago of British Columbia, before heading back on our return. Along the course of our travels we lived and volunteered on 10 small-scale organic farms using Canada’s World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) network. Our objective was to connect with the individuals on the front line of sustainable food production and distribution, in a country whose agricultural policies are favorable towards the large-scale and unsustainable production of market commodities. During our travels we became working and living members of the farms we visited. In addition, we wrote blog entries for friends and the WWOOF network, collected scientific data for the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada, and filmed footage of our experiences.

Our hypothesis going in to the trip was that not only is small-scale organic agriculture a biophysically viable alternative to the dominant yet unsustainable form of industrialized conventional agriculture and food distribution so common today, but that it also serves as the foundation for truly happy and healthy people, communities, and ecosystems. We filmed our experiences with the hopes of creating an educational documentary film while paying homage to the 10 farms and hosts that made our journey possible in the first place. It’s been a year since the conclusion of our journey, and we can both say with absolute confidence that we confirmed our hypothesis, while producing a film that we are proud of. We hope that this amateur/non-profit film lends itself to be a tool for opening eyes, spreading awareness, and reconnecting individuals and communities through the one thing that binds us all. Food.”

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  1. bravo young people. this was well done. thank you so much for posting. in sharing your experience you've helped to inspire and sustain a healthy regard for this life we live.

  2. Blah, blah, blah… blame corporations. Blah, blah, blah blame the producers. How much food do you, the producers of this video grow to help feed the world? Keep in mind most people now don't grow squat. That's A LOT of mouths to feed, which requires A LOT of energy, new genetics, and new techniques many of you "greenie activists" don't agree with. You want sustainability… the only answer to that is to start culling the human herd and sterilizing the useless eaters and idle breeders.

  3. thanks for the movie. It was required reading for a class in Ecology and Gender Studies but it definitely impacted how I will approach my food choices in the U.S.Getting to know my local farmers and buying produce in-season while starting my own vegetable garden are only one of the changes that I will be making. Thanks again, will "like" and share.

  4. Hello every one,i just love the places you show…they are beautiful and i will like to know the names..because i will like to go in the feature..is just out of babble ,,,!! love you video.

  5. Thanks so much for this wonderful labor of love to help and inspire us to be more self-sustainable and aware of the importance of growing our own food or obtaining it locally. It's encouraging to see more and more people getting on board with this.

  6. Great video. Thanks for making and sharing it. But I really don't believe a lack of how to eat healthfully is a problem. People know that fruits and veggies are most important and that junk and processed foods are unhealthy. Addiction, laziness and apathy are the big problems IMHO.

  7. What will the world be like when organic food grows locally in abundance everywhere, all over the world? Locally grown organic food designed as eco-systems is the solution to most of the worlds challenges. This is one of the key elements for a foundation of a peaceful and sustainable world for the well being of all, all of nature, including all humans as well as the highest evolution of our societies.
    Check out this vertical farming solution for both indoors and outdoors: http://www.butong.se/butong.php?page=sustain&selection=contribution Check out biotecture and earthship design
    Permaculture is the solution 🙂
    Waterbox: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRF2bUBPA90
    Val & eli's garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7iSaRzjxL3E
    Imagine natural organic food growing everywhere designed as ecosystems, that requires less and less maintenance each season at the same time producing more and more food. Food parks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP6rYLblSxc , food forests, deserts re-greening with healthy moist preserving green lands, food grown vertically, alongside, around, and in between buildings, organic food grown on the rooftops and so forth and so on.
    Another key element for a flourishing world for the highest potential and well being of all is this:
    Self –enquiry to re-discover our true core selves and natural states of being
    Make sure to check out Mooji’s channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpw2gh99XM6Mwsbksv0feEg

  8. I have a few questions that were not really addressed in this video. Is certified organic produce Sustainable with our standard of living. Also, are they more nutritional healthy when some elements are deficient because it is impossible to add from where it is abundant like phosphorous from a mine?

  9. Nitrogen fixation is key for the nutritional profile of organic plants. Check out this study!

    This is the abstract from the study:
    Root nodule symbiosis enables nitrogen‐fixing bacteria to convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form that is directly available for plant growth. Biological nitrogen fixation provides a built‐in supply of nitrogen fertiliser for many legume crops such as peas, beans and clover. Legumes (Fabales) interact with single‐celled Gram‐negative bacteria, collectively termed rhizobia, whereas members of three other Rosid orders (Fagales, Cucurbitales and Rosales) interact with Gram‐positive filamentous actinobacteria of the genus Frankia. In legumes, infection proceeds through intercellular and trans‐cellular channels termed infection threads. At the same time, cells in the root cortex are induced to divide and generate the tissues of the nodule. Nitrogen fixation normally takes place within specialised bacteroid cells enclosed within organelle‐like cytoplasmic compartments termed symbiosomes. The anatomy and physiology of root nodules both reflect a high degree of structural and metabolic integration between plant and microbial symbionts.

    In affiliation with The Center for Nutritional Biodiversity, Kris Hastern, Rose Cassidy, Margaret Sullivan, Jose Castana, Julia Smith, Natalie Logusch, Joseph Hayworth and Stephen Hausman

  10. 'Industrial' so-called organic agriculture is a long way from truly sustainable- but even USDA certified organic is a giant step in the right direction toward sustainable practices (and away from chemical & petroleum based agriculture, including 'bio-tech' practices).     Better yet is regenerative agriculture.  Regen Ag practices can produce food, fiber, and fuel by mimicing natural eco-systems and/or restoring them.  Darren Dougherty & Mark Shepard are two great sources of info on how to do this.

  11. this is a quite nice video, but there can be much more to sustainability beyond organic practices. organic farming can still be unsustainable if it relies on fossil or non renewable water sources and it can destroy top soils irreparably if crops are not alternated and sequenced. you guys are doing a great job of creating conscience and it can only be augmented with better knowledge of sustainability.

    truly sustainable human existence would require every person to grow their own food and all the vegetation they can in their own residences, self sustaining and self sufficient food forests to be established everywhere and only passive technologies to be utilized for water harvesting, heating, cooling and illuminating human dwellings. urban horticulture, or growing productive plants in cities would be the best solution to the most pressing problems of minorities and disadvantaged people everywhare: it would help solve malnutrition, unemployment, poverty, idleness, criminality and would also be magnificent for the environment.

    permaculture has a huge body of invaluable knowledge and i recommend you check out Geoff Lawton's, Bill Mollison's, Josh Byrne's and Ben Falk's pages and videos. they have masterful solutions to real human sustainability through design.

    also, check out a blog i put together on ecosystem regeneration worldwide:


  12. Greets and probs from Germany! You are on the right way keep moving on,we still have a chance to save our loved earth! And whats just as important as to farm organic is to buy organic! Because unfortenately there's not enough space for 7 billion people to have their own farm, but everybody ca do his bit by changing his consumer behavior. 🙂 

    PS: Pardon eventual imperfection in grammar and spelling 😉 only have my school english 🙁

  13. good stuff, thanks Ryan  many global systems are absolutely not sustainable.  We've moved to a sustainable, food producing community in Southern Costa Rica called Serenity Gardens Eco Village.  It's amazing with food growing all over the place.  Even ponds for fish and shrimp.  check us out online and join us if you are looking for an alternative to the rat-race

  14. Thank you for watching folks.  Please keep the comments positive, we did this in our own time and don't have any professional film making experience.  Help spread the message by sharing and 'liking'.  


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