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The Global Food Crisis may not be visible to us in our day to day activities here in Australia – but wait till you see this…
From Africa and Asia to Latin America and the Near East, there are 870 million people in the world who do not get enough food to lead a normal, active life.
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Rare footage from northern Mali shows the efforts underway to assist families in a part of the country torn by conflict. Hunger is on the rise in places such as Timbuktu where one in five families are food insecure and humanitarian access is still unpredictable. As food prices rise and markets break down, WFP is scaling up to reach over one million people across the country.
Blind Spot is a documentary film that illustrates the current oil and energy crisis that our world is facing. Whatever measures of ignorance, greed, wishful thinking, we have put ourselves at a crossroad, which offers two paths with dire consequences. If we continue to burn fossil fuels we will choke the life out of the planet and if we don’t our way of life will collapse.
Texas Coal Wars Synopsis
From the outset FIGHTING GOLIATH: TEXAS COAL WARS was intended to serve as a tool for raising awareness, inspiring action, and creating a meaningful dialogue about how to overcome one of the greatest threats to public health contributors to global warming faced by the U.S. — conventional coal-fired power plants. FIGHTING GOLIATH follows the story of farmers, ranchers and Mayors fighting against the construction of 18 new coal-burning power plants in Texas. TXU Corp. withdrew eight of the 11 permit applications shortly before the case went to court, when it was announced that shareholders would sell the utility to private equity firms. The film was produced by the Redford Center at the Sundance Preserve and Alpheus Media, and directed by Mat Hames and George Sledge.
The Hazardous Truths About Factory Farms Synopsis
A heart-stopping new documentary, "A River of Waste: The Hazardous Truth About Factory Farms" exposes a huge health and environmental scandal in our modern industrial system of meat and poultry production. Some scientists have gone so far as to call the condemned current factory farm practices "mini Chernobyls."
In the U.S and elsewhere, the meat and poultry industry is dominated by dangerous uses of arsenic, antibiotics, growth hormones and by the dumping of massive amounts of sewage in fragile waterways and environments. The film documents the vast catastrophic impact on the environment and public health as well as focuses on the individual lives damaged and destroyed.
California — always a fascinating marriage of opposite extremes — is at a cross-roads in agriculture. Many Californians are struggling to fend off overdevelopment and the loss of farming lands and traditions while embracing innovative visions of agricultural sustainability. At the same time, California is where fast food was born and a center of the biotechnology industry and large corporate agribusiness. The debates raging in California over issues of food, agriculture, and sustainability have profound implications for all of America, especially in a world where scarcity is the norm and many natural resources are diminishing.
This fascinating documentary explores the intersection of food and politics in California over the last 30 years. It illuminates the complex forces struggling for control of the future of California’s agriculture, and provides provocative commentary by a wide array of eloquent farmers, prominent chefs, and noted authors and scientists. The film examines a host of thorny questions: What are the trade-offs between the ability to produce large quantities of food versus the health of workers, consumers, and the planet? What are the hidden costs of "inexpensive" food? How do we create sustainable agricultural practices?
Through the "window" of food and agriculture, RIPE FOR CHANGE reveals two parallel yet contrasting views of our world. One holds that large-scale agriculture, genetic engineering, and technology promise a hunger-less future. The other calls for a more organic, sustainable, and locally focused style of farming that reclaims the aesthetic and nurturing qualities of food and considers the impact of agriculture on the environment, on communities, and on workers. RIPE FOR CHANGE was directed by award-winning filmmaker Emiko Omori.
The Fight for Water Synopsis
On Feb. 28th, 2009 near the tiny village of Santa Rosa, the OCP pipeline breaks in Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest. An estimated 14,000 barrels of crude spill into the Napo and Coca Rivers, both of which are tributaries of the Amazon River.
The struggle for survival and access to potable water is presented within the framework of new environmental laws passed in Ecuador, part of a revolutionary concept that created the world’s first legal precedent for a Bill of Rights of Mother Nature. The film explores the specific case of the Santa Rosa spill, the legacy of contamination left by the Petroleum Industry, and profiles the people attempting to preserve one of the planet’s most important biodiversity hotspots.
The film also looks at another controversial issue along Ecuador’s northern border; the untold story of refugees displaced by the Colombian conflict, and the relationship between contamination and coca eradication programs that have been implemented near the border as part of Plan Colombia.
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there is another crisis unfolding in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where fighting between rebel troops and government forces threaten the health of millions of people. An estimated 200,000 have already fled due to the fighting, many of whom are sick, injured, and in desperate need of food, shelter, and medical care.
International Medical Corps Warns of Looming Humanitarian Catastrophe and Wider Regional Impact. As fighting resumed Friday in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and rebels appeared poised to seize Goma, International Medical Corps is deeply concerned that a humanitarian catastrophe could unfold and quickly spread across the region.In addition to ongoing efforts in DRC, International Medical Corps is also preparing a regional response to the situation and currently has teams mobilized in Uganda and Burundi to deliver assistance to the potential influx of new refugees.“The delivery of life-saving medical and nutrition services has already been severely curtailed,” said Pierre Willems, International Medical Corps’ Country Director in DRC. “With the resumption of fighting, even more people will be displaced and in need of care, and yet we fear the humanitarian corridor for delivering assistance is narrowing drastically by the hour.” There is also the imminent danger of disease outbreaks; so far, more than 100 cases of cholera have been reported, along with numerous deaths.
An estimated 200,000 civilians have fled fighting between government and rebel troops in adding to the estimated one million people displaced by an escalation of hostilities in the region a year ago.Rebel leader Laurent Nkunda declared a unilateral ceasefire over the weekend, and so far it has held. However, a rebel spokesman has said the groundwork is being laid for a generalized war in the region.
International Medical Corps has been operating in the most volatile regions of DRC since the mid-90’s. In
The following people are available for interviews:
In Goma – Pierre Willems, Country Director
In Bukavu – Selam Kebrom, Desk Officer
In Washington, D.C. – Ben Hemingway, Deputy Director of Operations
Photos and Video also available.
For more information, visit website at www.imcworldwide.org.Here is a photo gallery of the conflict from the Washington Post:
Here are some links to recent articles on the conflict:
From Reuters: http://africa.reuters.com/top/news/usnJOE4A701R.html