Fragile Harvest (Full Documentary) © 1986, Kensington Communications





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Published on Nov 20, 2013

How safe is the future of the world's food? Fragile Harvest explores a growing crisis in world agriculture. Plant breeding 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 agri-chemicals, and eliminated indigenous adapted varieties of food crops. This has dramatically reduced the world's genetic pool upon which all our food depends.

Fragile Harvest was produced and directed by Robert Lang (Kensington Communications) in association with the National Film Board and the CBC. The documentary is narrated by David Suzuki.

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