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Something in the Air ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB524352
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Diane Poitras
Directors:  Sylvie Dauphinais
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Agriculture, Canadian Social Studies, Documentary, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Studies, Geography, Health and Medicine, Health and Medicine, Social Issues, Social Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  24m 50s
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Prince Edward Island--a rural paradise and a safe haven from the city. But is this image really a mirage?

Many of the children on the Island can't catch their breath. PEI has the highest rate of hospital admissions for asthma in Canada, and many affected never leave home without an inhaler. Hanging over the farmers' fields, reaching into every city and town, is an invisible cloud of extremely dangerous poisons.

Since the late 1960s, the potato has become the commercial crop, creating a monoculture that has destroyed the soil's natural balance. Consequently, potato farmers have grown more and more dependent on pesticides. The last twenty years has seen a 700% increase in the use of these toxins to kill insects that might endanger the potato harvest and the Island's economy.

Filmmaker Sylvie Dauphinais discovered that living in paradise comes at a heavy cost: the health of her son. She has made this documentary to issue a wake-up call about an environmental crisis that is putting the ill, the elderly and the young at greatest risk.

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