Some people believe that aquaculture is the solution to the overfishing problem in the oceans.  Zeke Grader, Executive Director of the Institute for Fishery Resources, believes that putting too much faith in aquaculture is naive thinking. This video explains why.

Charlie Mathews, Jr. is a rice farmer in California's Central Valley. Charlie wants people to understand that rice growing provides a rich habitat for birds along the Pacific flyway. Charlie is active in his community and believes that if farmers spent more time being active in their communities, everyone would benefit, including the environment.

Lloyd G. Carter, a former UPI and Fresno journalist, broke the 1982 news story about the selenium poisoning at the Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley in Central California.  Lloyd divides his career as pre-Kesterson and post-Kesterson because of the impact this issue has had on his life's work. His story, told in biblical terms, enlightens all of us about the selenium soil contamination in this important agricultural area of the Central Valley. Lloyd's story is about politics, soils, drainage and what the future holds for California agriculture, water, and wildlife in the San Joaquin Valley.

Why should we be concerned about the inherent integrity of the natural world?  Claire Hope Cummings, an environmental attorney, awakened her profound interest in the environment when she realized that there was both a cultural and spiritual component of place. In this video, Claire speaks about the spirituality of place, our relationship to nature and to indigenous cultures. Ms. Cummings, author of Uncertain Peril: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Seeds, speaks and writes about something equally important: ethical considerations about how corporations have taken ownership of the genes in our bodies and reengineered our sacred native seeds for industrial agriculture.

Phyllis Faber, a California biologist and wetland restoration expert talks about how being a biologist has contributed to her life as an educator, scientist, activist, and board member. Phyllis founded the Marin Agricultural Land Trust with Marin County farmers/ranchers and she is concerned about the future of our food systems in the face of climate change. She urges environmentalists to look at the big picture, not just focus on "do-gooding".

Are you interested in how organic farming became more mainstream? David Katz explains how he pursued organic farming and food policy at a time when most people were disinterested.