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Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Sep 16 2013

About

We have made over 200 documentaries and extended news stories.  This is a story that goes beyond the debates of organic foods or not, vegetarian or not, but about food supply.  We are challenged with deteriorating soil, dwindling water supply, and fewer farmers in America.

The documentary addresses the concern and challenges but focuses on the positive contributions that groups and scientists are making to ensure a collective voice in feeding the globe. 

American Food Supply

  • •2.2 million farms dot America’s rural landscape. About 97 percent of U.S. farms are operated by families – individuals, family partnerships or family corporations.

  • •Farm and ranch families comprise just 2 percent of the U.S. population.

  • •More than 21 million American workers (15 percent of the total U.S. workforce)

    produce, process and sell the nation’s food and fiber.

  • •Today’s farmers produce 262 percent more food with 2 percent fewer inputs (labor, seeds, feed, fertilizer, etc.), compared with 1950.

  • •In 2010, $115 billion worth of American agricultural products were exported around the world. The United States sells more food and fiber to world markets than we import, creating a positive agricultural trade balance.

  • •One in three U.S. farm acres is planted for export. 31 percent of U.S. gross farm income comes directly from exports.

  • •Farmers and ranchers receive only 16 cents out of every dollar spent on food at home and away from home. The rest goes for costs beyond the farm gate: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution. In 1980, farmers and ranchers received 31 cents.

Risks and challenges

Falling short of funding limits the expansion of the documentary. Where California remains the base for the documentary and we can produce a content rich story in this one state, it is the desire to include farmers and experts from across the country--we will use on location crews and manage the template theme of the production. If the funding remains low, then a shorter version from a 60 minute documentary, to 30 minute documentary is the result. The intent is to later build shorter vignettes of 2-4 minutes to air on stations, youtube, etc. as reminders for Americans not to forget this important story.

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