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"Carbon Cowboys": new documentary series shows farmers' lives turned around by working with nature


PHOENIX - May 15, 2020 ( Newswire) Directed by award-winning filmmaker Peter Byck, 'Carbon Cowboys' takes an intimate look at ground-breaking farmers who are at the forefront of a new era of agriculture. It follows a spate of films which look at food and farming, such as Biggest Little Farm, Farmsteaders and Farmland. But unlike George Monbiot's Apocalypse Cow, Byck looks at how cows can benefit the environment.

Shot over six years, the series of ten short films follows the personal journeys of farmers in the US, Canada and the UK, many of whom faced bankruptcy and the threat of losing their homes, until they left industrial farming behind and turned to nature to discover a new source of profit and joy.

Rearing cattle has long been vilified as an environmental, ethical and nutritional conundrum, however "Carbon Cowboys" shows how agricultural practices can be adapted to benefit people, planet and profits.

Each short film explores how agricultural practices such as regenerative grazing and removing chemical fertilizers and pesticides can restore carbon to soil, the foundation for all life above ground. Excess carbon in the soil has the potential to cool the planet, combat drought and prevent flooding.

Peter Byck, known for the 2011 Carbon Nation documentary, says: "In Carbon Cowboys, we meet farmers who are working with nature, instead of against it. I came into this because I'm on the hunt for solutions to climate change. Many of the farmers I've filmed aren't doing this because of climate change, they're focusing on their soils' health for their family's livelihood. But if the farmers can help solve climate change because it's profitable - that works for me."

Don Jackson, a brand-new convert to regenerative grazing from South Carolina, says: "You can divide everybody up into givers and takers. And I want to be a giver. I'd like to give back what I have taken."

Made in collaboration with Arizona State University and The World Bank, the films range from 8 to 23 minutes, and were made available online today. Some have already won awards, including at the Cleveland International Film Festival.

About Peter Byck

Peter Byck is the founder and president of Carbon Nation, an environmental film non-profit, which made the award-winning film Carbon Nation

About Carbon Nation

Carbon Nation is a non-profit founded in 2007 by filmmaker Peter Byck, to produce and distribute media about climate change solutions and environmental stewardship. The first project - bearing the same name - Carbon Nation, was a feature-length documentary about climate solutions, released in 2010. In recent years, the focus has been on the incredible potential of regenerative agriculture to mitigate climate change, restore soil health and rural economies, and improve food and water security. Carbon Cowboys - a documentary in 10 parts, or paddocks, is the culmination of this work.


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