Seeds of Plenty, Seeds of Sorrow (1992)

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Explores the effects of the Green Revolution, a scientific and technological initiative developed by the West in the 1960s which was intended to transform the agricultural technologies of the developing world. It is widely regarded as one of the most successful development strategies of the 20th century, but the documentary reveals a darker side. It suggests that in India the strategy has helped to create a new serf class, and claims that the dramatic crop yields of the early years have fallen away in the wake of pesticide poisoning and short-lived "miracle" wheat strains. Questions who has been the beneficiary of the biotech package - the poor peasant, the big farmer or the multinational corporation, and considers the damage that the Green Revolution has done to the social structure and ecologies of the Third World.

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