Developing Stories Series 1: Environment and Development Series
Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow
The darker side of the Green Revolution.
A documentary from India about the effects of the highly touted Green Revolution there. Credited with ensuring that India is no longer a developing countries "basket-case", the Green Revolution is widely regarded as one of the most successful development strategies of the 20th century. But this film reveals that in India it has helped to create a new serf class and the dramatic yields of the early years have fallen away in the wake of pesticide poisoning and the short-lived miracle wheat strains.
Directed by Manjira Datta
Media Workshop for BBC/TVE/One World Group of Broadcasters
Other titles in the series are:
Lucia - The cost of an oil spill to a fishing village.
And the Dish Ran Away With the Spoon - Television in the Caribbean dominated by US programs.
Rabi - Modern day fable on family values from Africa.
Life and Debt - The murder of street children in Rio de Janeiro.
Suspended Dreams - The lasting effects of the civil war in Lebanon.
Grade Level: 10-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1994
Copyright Date: 1992
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-374-9
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-544-9
"A harrowing indictment of America's post-World War II Green Revolution...the First World's largesse has only helped reinforce the power of the ancient rich over the ancient poor."
www.tve.org (The producer's web site)
Awards and Festivals
Joint First Prize, WWF-UK Award for Best National Documentary and Current Affairs Programming, British Environment and Media Awards
Genetically Modified Foods
|Sowing for Need or Sowing for Greed?|
The connection between multinational chemical companies and the foods they want us to eat.
Science For Survival
Fusion of modern science with women's knowledge in India.
A discussion-starter on genetically engineered plants and animals.
Field of Genes
The effects of the biotechnology revolution on farmers and consumers.
Genetic diversity in the food supply.
Devising a sustainable food system -- one that is healthy, accessible, and affordable.