kickstarter project: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cyrussutton/island-earth-documentary
Perhaps the greatest threat facing the world today is how we will feed ourselves in the coming decades. Experts warn we will have to grow as much food in the next 35 years to sustain ourselves as we’ve grown in the history of human civilization. Could GMO’s help solve this pending crisis? Or will they spell destruction for life on Earth?
Per acre more GMO crops are grown in Hawaii than anywhere else in the world. Hawaii is a microcosm for both the world’s food problems and solutions. Pre-contact Hawaiian societies perfected some of the most advanced sustainable farming systems ever documented. Island Earth follows a group of Hawaiians trying to turn Hawaii into a beacon of hope in the face of the GMO controversy.
For tour dates and more info
People Featured in the Film
- Dr. Tyrone Hayes – Harvard graduate and Professor of Integrative Biology at UC Berkeley
- Dr. Dennis Gonsalves – Inventor of the GMO Papaya, retired Director of USDA Pacific Basin Research Center
- Dr. Lorrin Pang – Endocrinologist, Maui District Health Officer and consultant to the World Health Organization
- Margret Wille – Lawyer and Councilwoman in the county of Hawaii responsible for their ban on GMOs
- Richard Ha – Owner of largest tomato farm on the Islands (the farm is run on hydroelectric/renewable energy) and is a pro-GMO advocate
- Dr. Ashley Lukens – Political Science professor and Director of the Hawaii Center for Food Safety
- La’akea Caravalho– Former member of the Ho’okulea Voyaging Society and founder of Knowledge in Motion, currently taking care of his daughter afflicted with the pesticide linked illness Gastroschisis
- Dustin Barca – Former pro surfer and MMA fighter running for Mayor in Kauai County
- Geoff Lawton – World renowned permaculture practitioner and teacher from Australia
- Rebekah Kuby – Landscape Designer for David LaChappelle and Sean Penn, former land manager at Hana Farms and founder of school garden installation and education non-profit “Grow the Change”
- Paul Towers– Organizing & Media Director at Pesticide Action Network North America
- Alika Atay – Maui County organic farmer, member of SHAKA movement
- Dash Kuhr – founder of 200-acre permaculture farm and education center HIP Agriculture
- Hunter Heaivilin – The Asia Pacific Center for Regenerative Design, Partner at Pono Permaculture and Co-Director at The Green House Hawaii
- Drew Wilkinson – Permaculture Designer at Growing Together Edible Landscaping
Featuring (in order of appearance) – Malia Chun, La’Akea Chun, Lei’ohu Chun, Peter Vitousek, Cliff Kapono, Dennis Gonzalves, Ashley Lukens, Gary Hooser, Matt Snowden, Nathanael Johnson, Claire Kremen, Margaret Wille, Joel Borne Jr., Tyrone Hayes, Dustin Barca, Vince Mina, La’Akea Carvahlo, Lainoa Carvahlo, Alika Atay, Rebekah Kuby, Geoff Lawton, Dean Wilhelm, Kamuela Enos
Directed by Cyrus Sutton
Edited by Asako Ushio
Cinematography by Cyrus Sutton
Additional Footage- Sam Kapoi, Cliff Kapono, Cliff Endsley, Jensen Young Sik, La’akea Carvahlo, Ena Media, Change For Balance, KIITV.
Producers- Annabel Pirrie, Gabriela Aoun and Daniel Perlaky
Executive Producer- Dan Katz
Financing Producers- Haley Alexander van Oosten and Thilo Dieckmann
Associate producers- Mariana Wall, Brian More, Charles Post, Hayden Peters, Natalie Jacobs, and Erica Silverman
Legal Supervision- Chris Cohen
Assistant Editor Chris Olivas
Animations by Jill Black
Illustrations by Sarah Niemann
Poster Art- Blaze Syka and Kelsey Brookes
Original Score by Austin Ray ©2016
Sound Design and Mixing- Hugh Sandys
Music Licensing Supervision Chad Davis
Production Assistants- Leah Dawson, Sam Kapoi and Cori Chang
Distribution Consultant Brian Newman
Print Support- The Ecology Center and Loam Magazine
The biggest challenge facing our planet is how we will feed the world in the coming decades. Experts warn that we will have to grow as much food in the next 35 years as we’ve grown in the history of civilization.
But agriculture today has disastrous effects on the planet. For our survival a new system of growing food has to be established, one that doesn’t deplete the health of the land. Hawaiians have long known this, their society had to develop in harmony with their limited resources or face destruction. With this realization, the question now stands: what can we learn from Hawaii’s past to help save the Earth’s future?
Facing the destructive forces of modern agriculture, a handful of Hawaiians seek to use the wisdom of their ancestors to make Hawaii a beacon of hope for an uncertain future.
Some researchers believe the biggest challenge facing humanity today is how we will feed the world in the coming decades. Experts warn that we will have to grow as much food in the next 35 years as we’ve grown in the history of civilization.
According to scientists, one-third of the Earth’s farmable soils have already been lost to development and unsustainable farming practices. A new system of growing food has to be established. Hawaiians have already survived such a crisis. With a limited amount of land and a large population they needed to achieve efficient systems of growing food or face collapse. The question now stands: what can we learn from Hawaii’s past to help save the Earth’s future?
Hawaii is a microcosm for both the world’s food problems and solutions. More GMO seeds have been grown on Hawaii, per acre, than anywhere in the United States. It also has the highest food prices in the nation. Yet, just 200 years ago, Hawaiians had one of the most advanced organic farming systems ever documented. Island Earth follows the lives of a handful of Hawaiians seeking to use the wisdoms of the past to make Hawaii a beacon of hope for an uncertain future.
see also: How Cuba has been forced to go 100% organic 30 years ago
no one starved…