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High Tech Harvest

25th June 2004

high tech harvestIn Europe and North America, GM food regularly makes headlines, but the reports barely touch on the implications of GM farming for developing countries where the struggle for food is more acute.

Could genetically modified food be the answer to famine and poverty in Africa? The film High Tech Harvest made by Television Trust for the Environment (TVE) investigates.

The film looks at the experiences of Ugandan and South African farmers using GM plants and finds out how GM technology could address Africa's specific needs. It talks to those opposed to GM food because they feel not enough is known about the impact it will have on health and the environment, and those in favour who see it as a remedy for Africa's problems.

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High Tech Harvest also looks at the broader picture. World population has trebled in the past two generations from two to six billion people. In the next 20 years, it could grow to eight billion, most of whom live in the world's poorest countries. To match current consumption, food production must double by 2020, a target the film says is unlikely to be reached.

It's a complex picture that offers developing countries radical changes in agriculture and gains in food production, while many of the consequences are still unknown. High Tech Harvest looks at the issue from all angles and presents the dilemma in a clear and challenging way.

High Tech Harvest is part of the ‘Community World’ joint venture between OneWorld TV and the Community Channel.

Community World offers OneWorld TV members a new broadcast platform for their films, while providing the Community Channel UK audience with different global viewpoints.

A series of films are being broadcast on the Channel on issues and concerns shared by people around the globe.

The films focus on interesting, unusual and provocative stories, seen from the perpective of individuals who don’t make headlines but do make an impact.

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OneWorld TV
Interactive video website tackling global issues.

Follow the links to view similar stories:
Environment/Regeneration, International

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