In the fall semester, students in Professor Matt Ryan’s PLSCS 1900 class "Sustainable Agriculture" are asked to create a short film conveying a particular aspect of sustainable agriculture. Food and Agriculture Librarian Ashley Shea works with the class to teach traditional research search strategies, videography skills (including storyboard planning, film capture techniques and the use of editing software), and basic copyright rules and fair use considerations.

More than fifty films are submitted annually by students and judged by their classmates on creativity, quality of videography and clarity of message. Students present their films to the class during a “film festival” held in Mann Library’s conference rooms while staff from Mann serve popcorn.

All students that consent to sharing their film deposit it here for the benefit of the Cornell community. The top 15 films that were selected by the instructors and their peers are noted below, in addition to being displayed at a special exhibit on the first floor of Mann Library during the two-week December exam period.

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  • The Art of Aquaponics 

    Perez, Henry (2020)
    The Art of Aquaponics, is an informational, animated short film, aimed at teaching people the basics of aquaponic production. The content is meant to help the viewer understand how it works, and also why it is something ...
  • What can YOU do for our global food system? 

    Leahy, Joseph (2020)
    Documentary about what non-farmers can do to help and improve our global food system. Following the contributions of backyard gardener and a Vegan’s efforts to the overall health of our global food system.
  • Planting in the skies 

    Lam, Ray (2020)
    This animation explains vertical agriculture and the potential it has for the future of sustainable agriculture.
  • A New way to cover crop 

    Morrison, Annmiek; Pines, Eddie (2020)
    Our film draws attention to a new growing system that is dramatically reforming Florida’s dying citrus industry. This new system is “Citrus Under Protective Screening” or CUPS. Through art visuals, on sight footage, and ...
  • Monsanto's rule 

    Lee, Jiho (2020)
    This video delves into the story of increasing monopolization of the world food industry and the arising social sustainability issue. Monsanto brought seed biotechnology research to its peak in the turn of the twenty first ...
  • Land and farmer: endangered 

    DelConte, Nicki (2020)
    This film was created to bring awareness to the decreasing number of young farmers and the challenges new farmers face, specifically involving the diminishing land available for agriculture. The film relates the need for ...
  • It takes a farm to raise a child 

    Abunaw, Victoria (2020)
    It Takes a Farm to Raise a Child is an animation surrounding two real-life stories of incidents that happened to young people on farms. The film focuses on the matter of child safety in the agriculture industry, and how ...
  • Health of sustainable eating 

    Prude, Raena (2020)
    This is meant to be a family-friendly short film that introduces the idea that eating sustainably-grown foods may be a healthier food option. It features cartoons and simple graphics that appeal to a wider audience.
  • Ears Up!! What's Poppin in the Future of Ag? 

    Coombe, Rebecca; Lamb, Megan (2020)
    This film examines the sustainability of the future of agriculture with an emphasis on youth organizations such as 4-H and FFA and what they are doing to promote the future of the industry.
  • Chinese agritainment 

    Lu, Peizhou (2020)
    This video briefly introduces the format of agritainment in China and its relationship with sustainability. It is a combination of animation and documentary.

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