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What does it take to make a t-shirt? We’ve watched a video about this subject before, but NPR’s Planet Money answered this question in the most amazing way: they traveled across the globe to document the people and processes of this task firsthand. The stories are in five chapters. Above, Chapter 1: Cotton, and below, Chapter 2: Machines

A note for younger viewers: In Chapter 3: People, which features the story of Jasmine Akhter, a garment worker in Bangladesh, there are graphic scenes of the Rana Plaza factory building collapse from 3m10s to 3m52s.

You can watch the entire piece on their information-filled site: Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt.

In the archives: more videos about money and clothing.

via @faketv.

From Edutopia, this is the story of a high school student who brought his hobby — growing food with an aquaponic system for his family and neighbors — to his school’s underutilized greenhouse, creating a local edible schoolyard for his fellow students and his community. And he’s not stopping there: 

"I want to bring this system into many different schools. You know, learning opportunity that a system like this provides is immense. You’ve got water chemistry, agriculture, science, physics, mathematics, economics. A lot of these subjects could be modeled from this particular system. If I can provide a curriculum to go with this system then the knowledge of aquaponics will be proliferated throughout, hopefully, the United States."

Read more about this project, the Edible Schoolyard project, and aquaponics. Related: the differences between aquaponics and hydroponics.

Watch more videos about farming, including two Swaziland teens who developed an affordable hydroponics system and the Paignton Zoo’s inhouse vertical farm.

And if you’re interested in supporting students in alternative farming, check out these projects on Donor’s Choose.

Chef Daniel Klein and camerawoman Mirra Fine of The Perennial Plate have traveled the world making videos about food and culture. The video above highlights ten iconic products of Italy and gives a peek into how they are made.

After this, watch their episodes about organic farming in Yunnan Province, China and using the entire coconut in Negombo, Sri Lanka

There are also more food videos in the archives, including how cheese is made and cheese robots. Yes, cheese robots.

As honey bee populations decline (from pesticide and fungicide use, parasites, and a mix of other factors), scientists like entomologist Claudio Gratton are exploring the exciting idea of pollinating our plants and crops in an “alternative” way: native bees.

“There’s a lot of other pollinators out there,” explains Gratton. The 500 or 600 wild bee species that live in Wisconsin are only a fraction of the 4,000 native to the United States. But because they tend to be solitary, aren’t easily managed, and don’t produce honey, they’ve mostly flown under the radar.

In this video from KQED’s QUEST, learn about these native bee populations and how we can support them by planting pollinator-friendly gardens and championing farms that pollinate with native bee habitats.

Related watching: It’s Okay to Be Smart’s How Bees See the Invisible, and the incredible Hidden Beauty of Pollination.