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Documentary: Sustainable Table: What's On Your Plate?

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 At your last meal, did you pay any attention to where the food on your plate came from? It's a detail that many of us overlook, or think about only in passing, but it's one that is quite rapidly shaping the future of our planet - and not in a good way.

 Seven percent of farms now sell 75 percent of our food, using a conventional farming system that depends on pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, monoculture and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

 In the documentary film Sustainable Table: What's On Your Plate, you can get a closer look at the war modern-day agriculture is waging against the planet... and learn what you can do to help stop it.

Conventional Farming Aims to Conquer Nature

 You are actually an integral part of nature. But in conventional farming, nature is often considered the enemy - one that must be dealt with using a controlled system of chemicals, irrigation systems, GMOs, fertilizers and other additions to the soil.

 When natural processes interfere with the objectives of conventional farming, it responds by using various concoctions of herbicides, pesticides and insecticides to kill weeds, insects and other pests.

 This does not come without consequence, however. As the film explains, conventional agriculture's overexploitation, pollution and other environmental insults made largely over the last half century have resulted in massive ecological degradation; ironically, 60 percent of the planet's ecosystems, which have been devastated by the activities of man, are now no longer capable of sustaining themselves without human intervention! 

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