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Poisons, Pests and People
1960, production : Larry Gosnell
Images of dead and dying animals, combined with dramatic...
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High Arctic: Life on the Land
1958, production : Dalton Muir
This 1958 film on the High Arctic uses the term "ecology" to...
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Chemical Conquest
1956, production : Larry Gosnell
This 1956 film reports on Canadian government research into...
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Water for the Prairies
1951, production : Lawrence Cherry
This film's propaganda roots are evident in the creative...
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Water for the Prairies
1951, production : Lawrence Cherry
Made in collaboration with government forestry protection...
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Windbreaks on the Prairies
1943, production : Evelyn Cherry
The rapid transformation of the prairie environment by...
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Timber Front
1940, production : Frank Badgley
A look at forest preservation from a strictly economic point...
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Beaver People
1928
This 1928 silent film features Grey Owl, a curious figure in...
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Poisons, Pests and People
Excerpt  (3:40) 1960, production : Larry Gosnell
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Images of dead and dying animals, combined with dramatic music, demonstrate the potential dangers of insecticides. We cut to images of people suffering from malaria - a reminder that insects carry dangerous diseases, and that we must fight them. This sequence - which was not included in the original script - is designed to persuade the viewer that insecticides are a necessary evil.

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Produced in 1960, this still timely two-part film examines the effects of widespread chemical insecticide use, both on the insect population and on warm-blooded creatures, including humans. Part 1 looks at the ravages of insects and the centuries-old struggle to control them. Part 2 shows experiments being conducted to find ways of controlling specific insects, while leaving harmless ones unaffected.