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Dirt the Movie. Literature & Language Movie Review (Movie Review Sample)


This subject discusses the relationship between humans and plants.
Part 1:
Watch the video below.
Answer the following questions:
1. What is the importance of adding a balance of "green" and "brown" materials? From a science perspective what does green and brown add?
2. What is one of the benefits of composting?
Part 2:
Watch the video below.
Answer the following questions:
1. Why is dirt considered living?
2. Explain how a small “lens” of soil leftover from the glaciers can result in a large old growth forest.
3. Explain how the fungus mycelium makes dirt in a forest.
4. What happened in the back of Clyde’s pickup truck while he was in the hospital?
5. Explain the statement “I just had a sip of dinosaur pee” made by Andy Lipkis.
6. How are animals like cows essential to the formation of dirt?
7. Why does the wine expert taste and smell the dirt of the vineyards he is visiting?
8. Give three examples of practical applications of the mud/dung mixtures.
9. Practices such as strip mining and mountaintop removal are in pursuit of what resource?
10. What happens to the heavy metals that are exposed by strip mining?
11. Los Angeles is mostly covered in concrete and pavement. What happens to the water that falls on the city?
12. Explain the relationship between dirt, desertification, and conflict.
13. How do monocultures relate to the Dust Bowl of the 1930s?
14. Why does the use of pesticides and herbicides become necessary with monocultures?
15. How does the use of nitrogen fertilizers result in dead zones in bodies of water?
16. What eventually happens to forest that is cut and burned?
17. What is the cause of the unusually high rate of suicide of Indian farmers?
18. What did the Haitians in the slum use as a remedy for hunger?
19. If the agroecology methods used successfully in Burkina Faso were duplicated in Ethiopia, how productive could the country be?
20. How does the root system of an annual plant such as wheat compare to the root system of a perennial plant?
21. How might soil be more at risk when wild plants are replaced by domesticated ones like the grass?
22. Give two benefits of planting a “green roof”.
23. Compare the types of landscapes children in urban settings use to play with those found in the rural villages of India.
24. How long did it take to compost the liquid fish waste into usable soil?
25. What are possible applications of the microbial fuel cells?
26. The movie ends with examples of how working with the soil of the Earth can change someone’s life. Describe one of these examples.


Dirt the Movie
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Dirt the Movie
Part 1
Yard waste and food scraps together can make up about 30% of what human beings throw away. Compost is an organic material that can be added to the soil to aid in the growth of plants. Composting is an aerobic process that helps in keeping organic material out of landfills where they occupy space and release potent greenhouse gases. The essential ingredients in the process of composting include browns, greens, and water. Having the right amount of these three is essential in compost development. Greens like food crops are rich in nitrogen. Browns such as sawdust and dead leaves are high in carbon. Adding a balance of ‘green’ and ‘brown’ material helps compost to break down properly.
Composting has several benefits, including preventing climate change. It offers an environmental-friendly alternative that helps in decreasing the amount of methane gas released into the air and, thus, lowering the carbon footprint. Methane is 30 times more potent as compared to carbon dioxide. 

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