Organics Big & Small
Organics Big & Small

Herbie Cottle grew up farming and managed a conventional tobacco farm in Rose Hill, North Carolina for most of his life. A few years ago, troubled by the amount of pesticides and herbicides he used, he decided to switch to organic. Now he runs a successful vegetable farm with 200 acres in production and sells to […]

Student Work
Student Work

These short films and photo slideshows were made by students for the University course Critical Issues in Food Studies in Spring 2015. Students were asked to make documentaries about individuals engaged in the food system locally or to take on a personal challenge related to food politics and document the experience. To see all the […]

Class Lectures
Class Lectures

Eric Ward, president of the Research Triangle Park-based biotech research company, AgBiome discusses some common myths about organic agriculture, Ken Dawson, an organic farmer and owner of Maple Spring Gardens, explains why he started farming organically and David Schaad, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Duke University talk about the impact of industrial agriculture […]

Dirt Don’t Hurt
Dirt Don't Hurt

Tilthy Rich Compost is a bike-powered composting service in Durham, North Carolina. Riders Rachael Fiorentino and Reid Rosemond talk about why composting matters and how it’s done.

Honeybees in Decline
Honeybees in Decline

Sometime in the mid-2000s, farmers and apiculturists began to notice a marked decline in honeybee populations in the United States. Rather than losing a fraction of their bees over the winter, commercial and amateur beekeepers were losing a majority of the hive. This short video explores the history and possible reasons for what apiculturists call […]

Farm to Food Bank
Farm to Food Bank

The food bank in Oxford, North Carolina supplies the local rural population with emergency food like canned goods and frozen meals. When they start receiving fresh vegetables from a nearby organic produce aggregate, a lot of the clients aren’t sure what to do with it. Jester squash looks like a decorative holiday gourd. Rainbow chard is […]

Bull City Fit
Bull City Fit

Bull City Fit is an after school program for young people above the 95th percentile of BMI for their age and gender. The kids meet six times a week to play sports, learn to cook, work on their garden and talk about challenges at school.

UFCW 1208
UFCW 1208

The United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1208 is currently in the middle of a campaign to unionize the Mountaire Farms chicken processing plant in Robeson County, North Carolina. The plant employs 2,000 people and slaughters 430,000 chickens a day.

Bringing Back Fishtown
Bringing Back Fishtown

Aaron “Big A” Styron and his son have been fishing on the Carolina coast for generations. In recent decades, due to increased regulations, climate change and rising coastal property values, the fishing industry that they have long been a part of is in a deep decline. Several area fishermen and women joined together to create […]

To Meat or Not to Meat
To Meat or Not to Meat

Why would someone want to be a vegan? Why would someone want to eat a pork chop that was raised in confinement? How do we make these decisions? A writer, a photographer and an activist-filmmaker engaged in food studies and politics reflect on their own choices and habits.