Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  23 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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When the Cows Come Home

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Despite the success of the 'Jamaica Hope' milk cow, Jamaica's dairy industry is facing a crisis, as EU trade undercuts island production.

Life 4 - When the Cows Come Home

Away from the beaches and resorts there's another rural Jamaica, struggling to make ends meet on farming. Milk is part of the staple diet of the 2.6 million people living in Jamaica. But dairy production is difficult in tropical climates. Most of the island's milk was imported until early 20th century breeders helped produce a dairy cow that could withstand the island's heat and tropical diseases. They called the breed the Jamaica Hope. But despite the success of the breed, the Jamaican dairy industry is facing a crisis. Jamaica's steps toward sustainable rural development is threatened. This edition of Life looks at how -- with cruel irony -- the Jamaica Hope is under threat from subsidized European Dairy Farmers and ask how Europe's agricultural policies squares with its commitment to the Millennium Development Goals.

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Finger Lakes Environmental Film Festival


Main credits

De Haas, Joost (film producer)
De Haas, Joost (film director)
Kyriacou, Sotira (editor of moving image work)
Richards, Jenny (editor of moving image work)
Bradshaw, Steve (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Sotira Kyriacou; series editor, Jenny Richards.

Distributor credits

Joost de Haas

Joost de Haas
Series Producer: Luke Gawin
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Caribbean, The
Rural Studies
Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
Government Policy
Agriculture Sector

Distributor subjects

Business Practices
Central America/The Caribbean
Developing World
Food And Nutrition
International Studies
Millennium Development Goals
Sustainable Development
United Nations


Jamaica, agriculture, dairy industry, sustainable development, EU, Europe, Millennium Development Goals, MDGs, trade, nutrition, food; "When the Cows Come Home"; Bullfrog Films

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