How to Save The World

How to Save The WorldWhat does an environmentally friendly biodynamic food system capable of feeding everyone actually look like? This film is a blueprint for a post-industrial future. It takes you into the heart of the world's most important renaissance.

The outcome of the battle for agricultural control in India may just dictate the future of the earth. Modern industrial agriculture is destroying the earth: Desertification, water scarcity, toxic cocktails of agricultural chemicals pervading our food chains, ocean ecosystem collapse, soil erosion and massive loss of soil fertility.

Our ecosystems ore overwhelmed. Humanity's increasing demands are exceeding the Earth's carrying capacity. A simple recipe to save the world? One old man and a bucket of cow-dung. Are you crazy?

Modern agriculture causes topsoil to be eroded at 3 million tons per hour. (that’s 26 billion tons a year) Human mass is replacing biomass and other species. The carrying capacity of the earth is almost spent. To maintain our comfort zone lifestyles we will soon need five earths to sustain us in the style to which we have become accustomed.

The mantra of free trade has failed the world’s poor. There is a better way. Biodynamic agriculture may be the only answer we have left.

This documentary is available for preview only. Buy the DVD at Amazon.com.

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  1. sonny corbi

    It will come to that in the end anyway, at one time we were all farmers maby that's the best way......it's unhealthy being so unatached from the earth in the first place. We are the only animal on the planet that has to have a perpous, a destiny, (excuse my spelling), maybe we don't need a perpous a goal considering the final outcome of each and ever eliment to disemenate, futile indever i say. I have lived a wonderful fully charged life and i am greatful. I trust there will be a positive answer to the human condition, to many wonderful miricles happen to us all for that not to be so. That's not to say we don't have a butt wippen coming first!

  2. Steven

    80% of corn failed to produce food in South Africa in 2009. GM crops controled by one company is a potential weapon. Why didn't GM corn fail in the USA. I applaud all organic and alternative farmers. We must wrestle the world back from the for profit only types.

  3. MrMajestik

    Until we address population there is no saving anything!!! I know it is taboo to put a limit on "God's instruction to be fruitful and multiple" but 9 Billion by 2050 is not sustainable even if you can feed, house, and find jobs for all of them. The planet resources will not provide that much material for all of us. Thank god I live in a imperialist country...I and my 5 yr old son should at least be on top of food chain for a few more years. I haven't even seen this doc yet, but Soylent Green (food production) is not all that important when we are looking at destroying the ecosystem on which we live! Drill Baby Drill! Ya that is sarcasm!

  4. Jenn

    how do you save the world? BIRTH CONTROL, that's how!

  5. Eff

    What was once a farmer's field is now a golf course for the elite so they can whack a ball into a hole and amaze themselves, or else that field has become another Wal-mart parking lot. We need to look at community gardens and raising our own chickens etc. New world order, has plans to kill us off with disease the same way Americans (Europeans) conquered and decimated the Native original peoples. eg: smallpox. Perhaps Mars will be terra-formed and habitable by the time we allow our planet to become destroyed by greed. Pass the salad dressing...this oily sea-weed salad needs it!

  6. Roy Wright

    It is really insperational what this man is doing over in India! I really want this to become more widespread!

  7. Barbara Sumner Burstyn

    Do you realise this is an unauthorised free-downloading. As the filmmaker - we rely on income from sales to recover the cost of making this film and to pay for the making of more films like this. While it's great that lots more people get to see it, it also means the end of important films like this. If this type of content matters to you please don't download for free.

  8. Hardy

    @Barbara: This is simply a video embedded from Google-video to this site. If you want to complain, tell Google-video.

  9. bo

    @barbara
    We are not downloading it we are streaming it and this page simply links it. How can a film maker not know the difference? Besides that I've tried to purchase many of the docs I loved and most are hard to find! I've purchased many Items based on what I've seen from one author or film maker. Like Hardy said, complain to google they should take care of it.

  10. SimontheSorceror

    Birth Control ! Yes you are right @MrMajestik

  11. American Student

    Isn't it ironic that what some have passed off as mere conspiracy theory is actually happening. Yeah, genetically modified seed from Monsanto is just a coincidence. Wake up people. Watch the 'Esoteric Agenda'. Yeah it's mostly hippie, new age rhetoric but I believe that there is truth even in a lie.

  12. sonny corbi

    barbara spoken like a true capitalist! The hell with the world and how to save it, "i want my money"! Just like a damn -----!

  13. Life.Is.The.Alien

    Barbara people that make films like these should only be concerned with the message of their film and how to get it to as many people as possible - any monetary considerations must be secondary... this is how the world will improve - People putting financial gain second to a clear goal that is to be achieved, and through the free flow of digital information that doesn't operate according to the same laws as 'physical property.' Increasing the amount of common knowledge - knowledge that can be accessed by anyone anywhere virtually for free Is a key factor in the cultural development of civilization, the advancement of science, and truth.

    Free downloading is the best thing that has happened in my poor life.

    If you are concerned about supporting creativity the solution is both investment, donations, and a culture tax. The tax would be levied as an additional portion of the income tax, and the funds would be assigned on the democratic basis of total popular rating (adjusted for number of voters as well) via a system similar to IMDB - e.g a 5 star would receive more money than a 4.5 star. A system of providing loans with no compounding interest (watch the Secret of Oz) would allow creative talents the tools they need and the lure to take risks.

  14. Life.Is.The.Alien

    I think using a shovel and gloves would be my method when working with compost ^^. I have hypersensitivities so my skin would most likely break out in rash... About unscientific or rather generalist (non-minimilistic) methods.. I say do what ever works and try different things... you do not need to know every organism or chemical in a piece of matter to farm well. The key is to always remain experimentalist, that is, when trying something new isolate as many variables as you can and change only one of them (if possible) from the control. The more you are able to understand and control the variables - and understand matter at the minimal level (light, tidal (gravitational) forces, chemicals, genes, species) the more certain your understanding/science/technology/methods will be.

    The memory of water and the effectiveness of homeopathic concentrations has been relegated to psudoscience now though... although there are two chemical geometric forms of water; hexagonal and octagonal. Octagonal water forms naturally from spinning in spiral form like a water twister and works even better when a current or magnetic lines of force move the water in the spiral form.

    Genetics is an extremely powerful field of study - and it is foolish to release modified agents into the natural environment and expect they stay in one place. All genetically modified crops should be kept separate from the outside environment - isolated so that they can not spread to natural areas of vegetation or cross-breed. Maybe in a 100 years when we finally understand how genes interact precisely to define an organism and organisms form environments that form macro environments - when we understand ecology and are able to reverse a destroyed environment to exactly it's previous state- when we finally begin to grasp the emergent properties of complex systems - then we can start to use GM technology - and even then it would be wise to leave large preservations of natural unmodified plant life for future reference.

    So let it be known that knowledge of genetics is not the problem - Monsanto and other unscrupulous organizations with their wanton disregard for the health and natural balance / biodiversity of the environment, and by extension the health of world civilization - in the name of cornering the food market in order to make ever greater short term profits for the elite.

    The global chemical poison frankenstein agribusiness industrial complex designed to create chronic dependence of a population and enslave them via dept... is simply evil
    Where does true power lie? Follow the trail of money to those who have the power to regulate the quantity of money in the economy.

    I like this - great minds think alike because I came up with this insight all on my own ... the underlying principle of unlimited growth on a finite planet is ultimately an impossibility eventually no matter how advanced technology becomes (and the limit will appear much faster with technological stagnation).

  15. Eff

    NOTE: To the FILM-MAKER. You mean you actually make money from doing this? Sheesh! All these years I have given my music and literary madness to the world for FREE!

    Look at it as BIG KUDOS for you...and stop whimpering... It's only money... And if that's your main concern? Get a real job sister! Otherwise? You are sending the wrong message....

  16. Mira

    This documentary made me want to start my own vegetable garden in our back yard :)

  17. CanopyJones

    Agriculture should be taught in schools.

  18. sven

    @ "Film maker"

    seems you missed the point of you own documentary,
    you are thinking like Monsanto. If Holistic is what it matters then sharing your knowledge and art will benefit all and you.

  19. Linda

    The farmers in the U.S. are probably becoming 'owned' by agrip-business too. What we can do is buy organic; fair-trade; NON GMO, etc. The chemicals in our food (since 1940's) has been slowly killing us. That's why so many of us get sick here. We 'buy' our food from god knows where and just eat up. Our farmers need to 'love/feed' their soil as in this documentary. After all, we are from the soil.
    Love to all

  20. kim

    to all the people who are so willing to tell barbara that "any monetary considerations must be secondary".
    Do you really think that is unresonable for her to ask that she be paid for her hard work? Don't be so idealistic that you are no longer realistic. I am an organic farmer, i work hard because I feel that we are doing the right thing, i also do it so that I can earn a living, if someone was to tell me that i was a "capitalist" my response would be to say that I too have to live in this world, I have bills and expenses, what I am doing is making a diference but if i can't pay my bills i would have to get another job.
    Nothing is perfect, try to keep an open mind and support those who are making a real difference.

    I wouls also like to add that I own a copy of this dvd.

  21. RocioC

    Has this film been deactivated? I and non of my friends are able to view it. If so, why?
    Could it be that Big Tough Guy Monsanto (Mondiablo) has objected?

  22. GTO

    lol!! dont worry guyz birth control is already effective.. in america the death rate already surpass the birth rate. that why futurist scientist said that in the future large space where no one live will be the norm.. and thats the reason why the white is slowly being surpass in numbers by the other race in america..lol... their the most effective in birthcontrol!!!!

  23. Tracy

    great. now I cannot see this.... : (

  24. 420 Vision

    10 ways to improve human society and life on earth

    1 - introduce FREE standardized universal education and health care, everyone gets a full education, and the best medical care possible.

    2 - promote mass cooperation amongst all nations, focus on the complete elimination of the military industrial complex. Treat offenders of societal law with respect, and provide councelling to teach them how to improve their behaviour and achieve a positive role in society.

    3 - show respect for the beliefs of others

    4 - do away with any religious beliefs that teach self centered agressive behaviour. My God is better than your God. Encourage open discussions of spiritual beliefs and ideas for the origins of life and our universe.

    5 - Share resources equally amongst all nations, grow and feed healthy organic food - do away with GMO crops and factory farms.

    6 - dispense completely with the monetary system, develope a resource based economy.

    7 - teach children to respect all life, and consider any creature as equally important as themselves.

    8 - integrate regular social activities, such as festivals, public debates, gatherings, music, sport and dance. Do away with the home based television set, make these devices available only within social gatherings where viewers can debate and discuss what is televised.

    9 - teach the sciences such as; astronomy, cosmology and mathematics to all, provide everyone with an understanding of the universe.

    10 - do away with patents, copyrights and land ownership

    I think it is disgusting that our species has the ability to destroy not only ourselves, but millions of other independant species which equally deserve life on planet Earth. If we do not end war, war will end us.

  25. Kurrrt

    Since we are only just guests on this planet and this planet acts like we have became a virus. Because perhaps the controlling factors have displaced their population thoughts into their massave pockets of greed. Every home built on the planet could have had their own garden, their own power, and water sorce, enough to supply each and every family.

  26. Heather

    What's wrong with this documentary? Nothing happens when I press play.

  27. Bryan

    I know, heather. I can't get it to play either. And I really want to watch it. Ugh.

  28. Reasons Voice

    3 – show respect for the beliefs of others

    4 – do away with any religious beliefs that teach self centered agressive behaviour. My God is better than your God. Encourage open discussions of spiritual beliefs and ideas for the origins of life and our universe.

    I see an inconsistency here am I allone?

  29. Gyn

    To Barbara Sumner Burstyn and her audience:

    As an artist I understand how important it is to find the balance between having your work available to as many people as possible, while trying to earn a living. We must accept that money is the fuel of our society at this point. We must all try to work with that fact.

    By financially supporting films such as this one (which I haven't gotten to see bc it has been deactivated), we are contributing to the betterment of our people and our world. This is the role if not duty of the audience: to ensure that the right people get funding.

    The duty of the artist is to get the work out there regardless of obstacles.

    I understand that you want your money, Barbara, but at what cost? People need to know. Please don't hinder that knowledge, our progress. There are other documentaries out there, other interested parties that are willing to make the sacrifice. That is a part of our lot.

    Many people do not have the money to buy every piece of informative work, yet they are the ones that need to watch it most. This is one of the paradoxes of our society; this is why things are so slow to change, bc the people who need the information most don't have the means to obtain it.

    Please reconsider this choice. You don't have to. I'm not demonizing you. I'm just asking you to give a little more.

    As for the audience... if the artist cannot pay her bills, feed herself or her family, or pay for equipment, there will be no documentaries like this. Or they will be developed by the wrong kinds of people. Do we really want to continue allowing mainstream efforts and disinterested parties to manipulate us through propaganda films and misinformed documentaries and commercials? Re-channel your money. Instead of going out to dinner one night or watching that box office hit, send it to people like Barbara. We can't even hope to maintain a balance if we don't even have one yet. Help of find a balance.

    We all need to give a little more.

  30. Jeff

    Ugh is right. It is not working me either.
    that's two in a row.

  31. habler

    420 vision, I will not give up my computer just so that I can hear the misguided ramblings of a loud mouth uneducated old f@#$ in the guise of 'discussion'. I might discuss with a friend but not some i@#$% i just happen to be sitting next to in your communal hall.

    I watch documentaries to avoid the corporate, lowest common denominator c@#$ thats promoted on the TV these days.

    I believe in individual freedom , not the pseudo Nazi society you seem to be promoting.

  32. scott_of_the_rock

    Birth control sounds like a good answer to me but i dont think id feel so good about it if my wife and i were the ones being told "no kids for you".
    There are countries around the world where the majority of the population are malnourished or dont get anywhere close to a healthy amount of food for the masses. And then there are countries like the US, which have the fattest population on earth and the excesses which the US accept as the norm would be seen as pure gluttony by most cultures.
    Here's and idea, stop eating so much! Your not big boned, you dont have a glandular problem, your just spoit and have no self control. Instead of upsizing your double quater ponder meal with fries and coke, put a quater in a charity jar and feed the world and not stuff your face.

  33. Rolf Verschuuren

    Your comment has a core of truth in it but there is a downside to your solution too. You state that if we just spread the food equally among the inhabitants of this world we would have enough, that is true for this moment but you forget that the world population is still growing with about 0,5% a year and the UN estimated that there will be between 7,5 (best case) and 10,5 billion (worst case) people on earth by 2050. If you stick with your plan then in the worst case scenario you will have a lot of trouble feeding everyone. And on top of that what would you prefer: the government telling you not to get a kid since if you do the world will become even more overpopulated, or the government telling you you can't have more food than the minimum because the world is overpopulated since you got your kids. But in case of overpopulation food wont be the only problem. So it basically is choosing between a sort of communistic share all food and resources and a world like we are living in today. There are also other options like "The Venus Project" which will need LOTS of investments, but if it works out well it will be better for everyone.

  34. Luke Wills

    Population control doesnt mean not being able to have children just that you would only be able to have so many. Normally two, a substitution for you and your partner. The population would grow and shrink in as the previous generations died off. As long as you only produce a replacement for yourself the population would be stable. The would probably have to be some kind of age frame in which you can have children so that the population doesnt grow too much with people have too many generations alive in their families at one time.

    Its a controversial subject but people have to get over this "its my right to have as many children as I like" attitude because it comes from a place of selfish ignorance. Its not really a big problem for us in the west anyway as most of the western countries are in population decline. Its Asia that we have to worry about.

    Overpopulation is a bit of a fraud anyway. We could easily feed almost double our population with the same amount of production as we waste almost 50% of the food produced. We could also produce a lot more food if it was brought back to local farming instead of import/export from poor countries. They are starving because they are growing food for export and have no land to grow their own food.

  35. Nate

    Hi all, I am the uploader of the full documentary on youtube.
    I just got a strike on my youtube account for copy write infringement because "Cloud South Films Ltd" requested removal of "How to Save the World" from my uploads, The video seems to be working here through the link Jack Holloway posted, but for how long? Any way, Kudos. May all the humans know how to save the world.

  36. Fred Payne

    Overpopulation is not a fraud. Feeding people is not the only consideration. What about room for untouched ecosystems to churn evolution? What about opportunity for solitude? The current level of crowding in many areas brings squalor, disease, pollution. Thanks for reading.

  37. NatoRNazisPeacenLuv4all420

    An ideological space faring society is not since fiction , it's much closer to social fiction , it's only fictional because we have been halted in devolpment since the combustion engine started making the Ritchie ritchest . And war is deffinatly a scam ie military In. Complex. There is no reason to fight, fear controls people better then sex , but the dog dosent have to do the trick for a treat , he can always maul his lesser master , ignorant of the sharp claws of his mutch beloved , tame beast who will fetch his paper , lick his feet. And cower at his voice . But stareved and abused , the wolf go's for the throat of the poatcher

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