Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  56 minutes
Date:  1990
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Not available
Grade level: Grades 9-12, College Adult
Color/BW:  Color
You must register and login to preview and purchase items.
This title is included in the following collections: The Docuseek2 Complete Collection 2nd Edition

Sowing for Need or Sowing for Greed?

New to Docuseek? Please register and login to preview and/or license this film. If your institution has already licensed this film, you will need to access this page from your institution's network to watch the film. For help on using Docuseek2, please visit our help wiki.

The connection between multinational chemical companies and the foods they want us to eat.

Sowing for Need or Sowing for Greed?

Genetically engineered food crops are seeping into our diets, frequently without our even being aware of it. This film reveals the connections between multinational chemical companies and the food they want us to eat. Why are these chemical companies buying up all the seed companies in the world? Can hunger and third world farmers' debts be solved by genetically modified seeds? Is this new hope or false promises?

Forty years ago 'seeds of hope' were planted in the Third World, the seeds of the Green Revolution. With the help of improved wheat, corn and rice varieties, enough food could finally be produced to feed the starving masses. Norman Borlaug received a Nobel Peace Prize for the 'miracle seeds' he developed.

What happened? Yields did increase, but only for those who could afford the irrigation and agricultural chemicals that the improved varieties required. Exporting modern agricultural methods has been good business for the multinationals, but economic dependence, the erosion of genetic diversity in food crops, and environmental poisoning are the prices that the farmer has to pay.

'Dramatic and beautiful - Recommended for any collection with a strong emphasis in ecological and agricultural issues.' **** Video Rating Guide for Libraries

'This thought-provoking critique of the Green Revolution - (implies) that the genetic revolution will fail just as the Green one has - Draw(s) several conclusions, which include the need to emphasize regenerative agriculture, to use soft technologies rather than rely on high tech, and emphasize biological diversity.' Choice


Gold Dukat and Audience Prize, Mannheim International Film Festival
Special Merit Award, EarthPeace International Film Festival


Main credits

Gunnarsson, Peter (filmmaker)
Bourque, Judith (filmmaker)

Other credits

Photography, Lennart Malmer, Peter Gunnarsson; film editing, Judith Bourque, Nina Wedberg; music, Lito Abad.

Distributor credits

Judith Bourque and Peter Gunnarson

Judith Bourque and Peter Gunnarson

Docuseek2 subjects

Genetically Modified Organisms
Business Ethics
Toxic Chemicals
Asian Studies
Global / International Studies
Agriculture Sector

Distributor subjects

Asian Studies
Genetically Modified Foods
International Studies
International Trade
Sustainable Agriculture


genetically engineered foods, multinationals, third world farmers, agriculture, seeds, Green Revolution, Pat Mooney; "Sowing for Need or Sowing for Greed?"; Bullfrog Films

Welcome to Docuseek2!

Docuseek2 is a streaming platform of the best documentary and social issue films available for the higher education community.

Anyone may search for titles and find detailed information about the titles. To preview films or license them for streaming, you must register and login.

Currently, we support online registration for anyone affiliated with a higher education institution. Please inquire if you are with a K-12 district or school or with a public library.

Click the Close button to get started!