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Aliens in the Field (1/13)

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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: TVE
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 23 mins
Country of Origin: Great Britain
Study Guide: Additional resources - see link below

Copyright Date: 2005
Available in French: No

Genetic modification is a new frontier in science, giving us the power to reconstruct the building blocks of life itself. But when it comes to food, do genetically modified crops offer the hope of a new Green Revolution? Or are they poised to contaminate our environment and make farmers dependent on agri-business bent on maximising profits? Do the risks outweigh the benefits ? And who decides? India's farmers have been attracted by claims of higher yields, while Zambia refused desperately needed food aid because it was GM. Argentina on the other hand, has enthusiastically embraced GM crops, sowing half of its land with GM Soya. Earth Report went to these three countries to find out how genetically modified crops are changing the world.