These Green Thumbs is a documentary that talks about the challenges that agriculture is currently facing in Malta.
The Maltese archipelago comprises of a group of islands located some 100 kilometers south of Sicily, 300 kilometers off the North African Coast . The main island having an area of approximately 457 square kilometers with a population of about 380,000 and counting.
Its size has been regarded as an asset for fresh food producers, since the local produce does not need to travel much and the population can benefit from fresh crops.
Moreover the island is affected by population growth, and factors like urbanization, adequate water supplies, global warming and a big demand for food is having its toll on Malta’s ecosystem. Threatened by limited resources that are shrinking, there seems to be a need to design ways to help the plants and soil survive in this unfriendly ecological climate.
Agriculture has played an important role in the growth of human civilization.
Modern agronomy, plant breeding, pesticides and fertilizers coupled with technological expansion have strongly increased the harvest of crops, at the price of causing widespread ecological damage and negative human health effects, even in Malta.
2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity, so we are asking, how ‘natural’ is the crop we consume? Could modern agricultural practices be the savior of life?
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