Grades 10-12, College, Adult
Directed by Manjira Datta
DVD Purchase $79, Rent $45
US Release Date: 1994
Copyright Date: 1992
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-374-9
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-544-9
Genetically Modified Foods
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.
"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."