Bullfrog Films
52 minutes
Grades 10-12, College, Adult

Directed by Manjira Datta

DVD Purchase $59, Rent $35
VHS Purchase $59, Rent $35

US Release Date: 1994
Copyright Date: 1992
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-374-9
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-544-9

Subjects
Agriculture
Asian Studies
Biotechnology
Developing World
Development
Environmental Justice
Genetically Modified Foods
Genetics
Humanities
Hunger
India
Sustainable Agriculture

Awards and Festivals
Joint First Prize, WWF-UK Award for Best National Documentary and Current Affairs Programming, British Environment and Media Awards
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.

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.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/sopsos.html

Reviews
"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."

Toronto Star