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SOWING FOR NEED OR SOWING FOR GREED
Date Wednesday September 22
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
Humanist Hall
390 27th Street
midtown Oakland
between Telegraph and Broadway
below Pill Hill
parking next door on both
27th and 28th Streets
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorFlorence
SOWING FOR NEED OR SOWING FOR GREED

This film reveals the connections between multinational chemical companies and the foods they want us to eat. Genetically engineered food crops are seeping into our diets, frequently without our even being aware of it. Why are these chemical companies buying up all the seed companies in the world? Can hunger and third world farmers' debts be solved by genetically modified seeds? Is this new hope or false promises? Forty years ago "seeds of hope" were planted in the Third World, the seeds of the Green Revolution. With the help of improved wheat, corn and rice varieties, enough food could finally be produced to feed the starving masses. Norman Borlaug received a Nobel Peace Prize for the "miracle seeds" he developed. What happened? Yields did increase, but only for those who could afford the irrigation and agricultural chemicals that the improved varieties required. Exporting modern agricultural methods has been good business for the multinationals; but economic dependence, the erosion of genetic diversity in food crops, and environmental poisoning are the prices that the farmer has to pay.
The films are FREE But donations are welcome
Before and after the film, everyone's invited to indulge in our Humanist Coffee House.
Added to the calendar on Monday Aug 30th, 2004 4:57 PM
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