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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 52 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2000
Available in French: No

Big Spuds, Little Spuds takes a close look at the potato, to examine the effects of climate change and monoculture on one of the world's staple food crops. To what extent are pests and disease - often exacerbated by climate change - threatening world food security? The people of the Andes in Peru have raised more than 5,000 varieties of potatoes. During the Green Revolution of the 1960s they were urged to adopt a handful of new high-yielding varieties, that proved to be vulnerable to the harsh mountain weather, and to pests and diseases. In 1997 El Nino had a dramatic impact on the climate both in Peru, and Idaho, home of the US potato industry. In Peru, El Nino brought drought and killer frosts to the highlands, in Idaho, it brought persistent rains. With the wet weather came the blight that caused the Irish potato famine. Idaho's potato farmers were totally unprepared.

Awards: Columbus International Film & Video Festival; Nordische Filmtage Lübeck

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