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Fragile Harvest

Fragile Harvest

How safe is the future of the world's food? FRAGILE HARVEST explores a growing crisis in world agriculture. Plantbreeding has created today's crops, high yielding but vulnerable to disease and insects. To keep crops healthy, breeders tap all the genetic diversity of the world's food plants. But that rich resource is quickly being wiped out.

Filmed in Ethiopia, Peru, Turkey, and North America, FRAGILE HARVEST finds 'development' that has driven farmers from the land, increased dependence on agrichemicals, and eliminated indigenous adapted varieties of food crops. This has dramatically reduced the world's genetic pool upon which all our food depends.

The new genetic engineering tools of plantbreeding that could promise solutions to world hunger are increasingly in the hands of multinational chemical companies that have taken over seed companies and are breeding and marketing seeds to suit their agrichemical interests.

The very future of our food depends on how we are able to conserve the world's genetic resources and re-direct the goals of today's plantbreeding.

'There is a wealth of information on a wide range of agricultural topics in this film, which is suitable for general and scientific audiences...This film does a fine job of reminding us of how important the genetic diversity of our food supplies really is and why we must protect and preserve it for future generations.' Science Books and Films

'A highly informative, compelling, and even frightening work that coincides with growing public concern and interest in world food issues.' Cinema Canada

'Excellent applications for discussion in classrooms about genetic engineering, ethics, agriculture, and social studies.' Media Network


Main credits

McConnell, Amanda (screenwriter)
Lang, Robert (film director)
Lang, Robert (film producer)
Suzuki, David (narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Michael Bennett; camera, Neville Ottey; music, Patrick Godfrey.

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Distributor subjects

Food And Nutrition
Genetically Modified Foods


plant breeding, genetics, biotechnology, farming, crops, plant diversity; "Fragile Harvest"; Bullfrog Films