Introduction: The Food Race: Pesticides, GMOs and Organic Farming on the Test (01:37)
This segment introduces viewers to the topic of feeding an increasing population while remaining environmentally conscious. Can science solve the food crisis?
Pesticides vs. Organics (05:31)
Many African regions have the potential of becoming major food exporters. The Alliance for a Green Revolution introduces modern farming methods to small-scale farmers. Janet Maro runs Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania, helping farmers adapt to organic farming.
Cost of Profit and Yield (05:52)
Initially, India's wheat production significantly increased with the use of new agricultural methods, including pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. Chemical use depleted large parts of fertile land. The debate on the cost of chemicals versus organic farming continues in the region.
Demand and Bio Resistance (09:10)
More wealth in emerging countries, increasing populations, and biofuels have contributed to an imbalance between supply and demand in the global food supply chain. Pests and weeds develop resistances, resulting in the use of more chemicals.
Food Waste and Fair Trade (06:55)
The U.N. estimates feeding livestock with food waste instead of soybean or maize could feed an additional 3 billion people. The Indian state of Kerala was slated to convert to organic farming by 2017 through the use of fair-trade alliances.
Leverage Points (07:13)
Precision farming looks for technological solutions to win the food race with sustainable agriculture. Researchers seek a way to make farmland more effective. In Morogoro, Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania teaches farmers how to prevent soil erosion.
Genetically Altered (12:16)
Courses teach small farmers how to improve yields in a sustainable way and produce organic fertilizer. Using a technique called precision breeding, scientists created a rice variety called Sub1. There has been a steep decline in the diversity of cultivated food crops.
Feeding 9 Billion (01:54)
We must ensure that population growth does not supersede food production; a combination of solutions is necessary.
Credits: The Food Race: Pesticides, GMOs and Organic Farming on the Test (01:01)
Credits: The Food Race: Pesticides, GMOs and Organic Farming on the Test
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