Six years in the making, “The Holstein Dilemma” is an investigative documentary from Rick and Elara Bowman of Backyard Green Films. Industrialized agricultural production and breed monoculture continue to erode genetic diversity, creating a looming threat to herd and food safety. Yet heritage breeds (many critically endangered) possess essential characteristics that resist disease, support fertility, tolerate climate extremes, and promote breed survival. At the most crucial level, they may also ensure the safety of our food supply “The Holstein Dilemma” features compelling interviews with scientists, agriculturalists, researchers, ranchers, farmers, and industry personalities from across the United States who are committed to researching and preserving biodiversity through conservation of heritage breed animals and crops.

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