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Introduction: Land of Plenty, Land of Want (01:43)


This film examines agricultural practices in Zimbabwe, France, China, and the United States. (Credits)

Zimbabwe, Africa (03:59)

The rains are late, family homesteads struggle, and village food supplies are dwindling. Scientists issue an El Nino alert; 13 million people face a potential famine. Great Zimbabwe falls victim to depleted pastures and dwindling water supplies.

Zimbabwe: Modernity and Farming (04:05)

The modern city of Harare has a population over 1.5 million; alienation from the land dates back to British Colonialism. The drought has little impact on large commercial farms, unlike the small-scale farms where children practice farming skills.

Zimbabwe: Agriculture (04:22)

David Jura builds a dam by hand, providing local farmers with irrigation water. Singing promotes bonding and allows people to express joy. Chinamora residents tend a communal farm with the guidance of a scientist. The rains arrive six months late.

Auvergne Region, France (03:37)

Alain Fialip's 90 acre farm barely supports his family; he explores ways to cut costs. Nearly 2 million farmers have left their homesteads.

Auvergne: Agriculture (03:39)

Gilbert Bros holds a position of authority in the farmers' union and works to solve problems. Protestors oppose free trade and demand higher subsidies. Farmers gather at the local sheep market. Many villages are becoming ghost towns.

Brittany, France (05:39)

Population shifts strain livelihoods. Fishing and religion have always been prominent in Guilvinec, but may young people are now farming. Cultivated farmland surrounds inland villages. Farming chemicals and animal farm waste causes environmental problems.

China: Agricultural Success (04:36)

Shanghai houses over 15 million people; its markets contain an abundance of food. Yangtze River Delta cultivation often yields two or three harvests per year, but water and land resources are diminishing.

China: Fish Farms and Agriculture (04:45)

Fish are the dominant crop deep in the Yangtze River Delta; toxic water is a concern for many. Industrial growth is China's most pressing agricultural problem. Over 1 million acres of farmland disappear every year.

Mid-West Agriculture (05:20)

Iowa farmers harvest crops; nearly half will go to Asian markets. Food demands could lead to soil depletion. Bill Horan reflects on agricultural yields.

Mid-West Farming Technology (03:09)

Fewer than 2% of families work the land. Precision farming improves land management. Research scientists are developing high yield, drought resistant seeds that require less chemicals.

Pennsylvania Agriculture (06:50)

Steve and Elias Groff discuss the day's agenda. Mennonite and Amish lifestyles have changed little over the years. Lancaster County loses over 4 million tons of soil every year. The Groffs utilize no-till farming, earning constant yield increases.

Agricultural Balance (02:11)

Meeting economic needs while respecting the environment is important to many farmers around the world.

Credits: Land of Plenty, Land of Want (02:08)

Credits: Land of Plenty, Land of Want

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Land of Plenty, Land of Want

Part of the Series : Journey to Planet Earth, Season 1
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This program investigates the fundamental problem facing today’s farmers: how to feed the world’s growing population without endangering our environment. Locations include: Zimbabwe, France, China, and the United States.

Length: 57 minutes

Item#: BVL210597

Copyright date: ©2004

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