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How can weaver ants protect an entire orchard?

In this mango orchard in Northern Thailand, weaver ants are nurtured so they can thrive and protect the harvest. The ants hunt the pests that would eat the mangoes, eliminating any need to use harmful chemical pestici...

Mycelium packaging, a biodegradable alternative to styrofoam

Styrofoam makes up 25% of our landfills in the U.S. That is insane. We may only use it for a day or a week to ship a package, but it stays in our environment for thousands of years. I think I've come up with an altern...

A brie(f) history of cheese

Before empires and royalty, before pottery and writing, before metal tools and weapons – there was cheese. As early as 8000 BCE, Neolithic farmers began a legacy of cheesemaking almost as old as civilization. Today, t...

How are luffa/loofah sponges made?

The luffa or loofah scrubbing sponge found at spas and eco-friendly stores is made from a giant Egyptian cucumber. The fibrous xylem of the fruit can be harvested after the fruit has matured, browned, and dried. Natha...

Beet Beet, Sugar Beet and how sugar is made

See how sugar is harvested from the sugar beet in this classic and catchy 1979 video from Sesame Street: Beet Beet, Sugar Beet. Some background from Wikipedia: The sugar beet has a conical, white, fleshy root (a ta...

How is ice cream made?

When we want ice cream, we head to a local ice cream shop around town or to the freezer aisle in the grocery store. But how did the ice cream get there? Where and how was it made? This Magic of Making video takes us t...

How are tomatoes grown and harvested?

Plum-style tomatoes are grown and harvested in California, where 95% of America's processing tomatoes are grown. The process in the term 'processing' is a combination of tomato type—plum tomatoes are low on seeds and ...

How is cheese made by hand?

How is cheese made? Tasty's Made by Hand series goes behind the scenes at Beecher's Handmade Cheese in New York City to find out. Cheesemaker Liz Stork is making Flagship Cheddar, a process that depends on timing and ...

A Pumpkin’s Life

A Pumpkin's Life is a Sesame Street-style pumpkin time-lapse filmed in 2011 by Jon Fletcher at Sykes-Cooper Farms in Elkton, Florida. To capture each stage, he built a solar-powered camera to capture the pumpkins from...

Geothermal energy in Iceland

Iceland is a geothermal energy pioneer. Their unique geology, thanks to volcanism along a rift in the Eurasian tectonic plate and North American tectonic plate, provides a sustainable advantage: Heat from the ground. ...

Using seawater and sunlight to grow sustainable food in the desert

Australia's Sundrop Farms uses sunlight to desalinate seawater. The resulting fresh water is used and re-used to power and irrigate four hydroponic greenhouses with 175,000 tomato plants in each. Those sustainable yea...

Why Do Supermarket Eggs Look Perfect?

When chickens lay eggs at a farm, their eggs get examined, tested, graded, and approved before they're packaged up for us to buy at the supermarket. Is that why they look so perfect? In this clip from Jimmy's Food...

Rebuilding the world’s coral reefs with coral farming

Coral are the backbone of the whole tropical ecosystem and if they disappear we’re in a lot of trouble says Ken Nedimyer, founder of the Coral Restoration Foundation. The pseudo-farmer has spent a lot of time in the w...

A Loaf of Bread – The Magic of Making

The combine harvester is let loose on the waving wheat, and the collected grain is ground between the miller's old stones. From the farm and the traditional English mill we follow the flour to the bakery. After the ad...

Why isn’t the world covered in poop?

Each day, the animal kingdom produces roughly enough poop to match the volume of water pouring over Victoria Falls. So why isn’t the planet covered in the stuff? You can thank the humble dung beetle for eating up the ...

Transforming Human Poop Into Eco-Friendly Fertilizer

Everyone poops. But not everyone around the globe has access to a clean toilet. Some communities in Haiti have set up a clean and healthy sanitation system that can also provide a homegrown resource for boosting food ...

Gardening & the science of food – PBS Kids’ What’s Good

How can science help grow better food, stronger communities, and smarter economies? Dr. Pancho McFarland, Chicago State University professor and food justice activist, is working with local neighborhoods to grow food....

How Jun trained his cats to shake hands and ride a bike

Jun Yoshizuki runs a popular Japan-based cooking YouTube channel called Jun's Kitchen that's known for good food and his sous-chef cats: Haku, the orange bike riding cat, Poki, the black and white cat, and a smaller o...

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