Ground War (DVD)

Ground War (DVD)

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The Price of Pesticides

Troubled by the death of his father, Andrew Nisker is provoked to search for answers as to why his remarkably healthy and fit dad (who was still a ski guide at the age of eighty) would have developed an environmental-related cancer: non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Over the course of his journey, he discovers his father's golf course of forty years has been spraying toxic herbicides and pesticides for decades on its grass. Could all those chemicals have some connection to his father's illness?

In his search to find out how his father got lymphoma, Nisker uncovers scientific study after scientific study connecting certain pesticides to cancer. He becomes determined to find out why our golf courses and sports fields are allowed to keep using toxic chemicals instead of reducing them. He worries, too, about his children, who love to play baseball and soccer on fields that are also chemically treated. What is the risk for them?

Nisker's original, honest, and sardonic investigation explores humanity's obsession with conquering and perfecting nature: 'The Augusta Syndrome' as it's called on the golf course. He confronts our ignorance, hunts down the details of what exactly is sprayed where and when, and gets his head around the difficulties of epidemiological science and the power of the chemical industry. Should we not be reducing risk, rather than just accepting it? And what risks are we really prepared to take with our health just to kill dandelions?



Cast & Crew

  •       Andrew Nisker

Director: Andrew Nisker

Producer: Andrew Nisker

Additional Details


Genre: Documentary

Language: English

Run Time: 79 mins

Region: 0

Release Date: 02/06/24

UPC: 810071447655