This environmental science course I am teaching this summer has a heavy emphasis on water, and so I have been getting into the hydro-spirit and have watched a couple of films on the subject. Both are currently instant plays on Netflix!
Water with high nutrients also overloads wastewater treatments facilities. Some plants in the midwest has specialized facilities to deal with high amount of nitrogen, but most don't. This means that heavy rains will overwhelm the wastewater systems, much of the nitrogen won't be filtered out, and bad things can happen, such as blue baby syndrome. On top of that, ammonia (the chemical based version of nitrogen which is used in conventional farming) has an affinity for water, which means that it runs off more easily that an organic fertilizer would during rainstorms or heavy irrigation.
Heavy pesticide use is also taking its toll. Farm families have increased rates of cancer. The film interviews a few families who are losing or have lost members to cancer. The very thing these farmers are doing to support themselves, in the long run, is their end.
This quick film is worth a watch is you have the time. It's not spectacular by any means, and definitely not as comical as King Corn, but it is informative and to the point.
Blue Gold, FLOW, and Tapped are 3 of my favorites. Many of the scenes from Thirst were repeats from these films, and even many of the same individuals were interview. Thirst just didn't have the production quality or visual appeal that these other films had, and didn't hold much new information. I certainly didn't feel "wowed" after it ended. I wouldn't not recommend this film, however, I would highly recommend watching one (or all 3) of the above-mentioned films first.
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