Seeds of Profit

Sixty years of producing standardized fruit and vegetables and creating industrial hybrids have had a dramatic impact on their nutritional content. In the past 50 years, vegetables have lost 27% of their vitamin C and nearly half of their iron.

Take the tomato. Through multiple hybridizations, scientists are constantly producing redder, smoother, firmer fruit. But in the process, it has lost a quarter of its calcium and more than half of its vitamins. The seeds that produce the fruits and vegetables we consume are now the property of a handful of multinationals, like Bayer, and Dow-Dupont, who own them. These multinationals have their seeds produced predominantly in India, where workers are paid for just a handful of rupees while the company has a turnover of more than 2 billion euros. A globalized business where the seed sells for more than gold.

According to FAO, worldwide, 75% of the cultivated varieties have disappeared in the past 100 years. Loss of nutrients, privatization of life, We reveal the industrialists’ great monopoly over our fruit and veg.

Director(s): Linda Bendali
Production: Paul Moreira, Luc Hermann, Premières Lignes, Premieres Lignes
Music: Lionel Marçal
Actors: Donald Davis, Haim D. Rabinowitch, Yaron Giras, Jean-Luc Brault, Jean-Christophe Gouache, Ravi Raj, Davuluri Venkateswarlu, Olivier De Schutter, Ananda Guillet, Steven Charles
Year: 2019
Duration: 52 min
Our age recommendation: 13
Language (audio): French, English
Language (subtitles): English
Country of origin: France
Shooting Locations: France, India, Belgium, Israel
Screening rights: Javafilms ()

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Main topic(s): Fairtrade + Economy Global Food Genetic Engineering + Seeds
Secondary topics: biodiversity money globalisation industrial agriculture health
Mentions: fruits vegetables nutrition vitamin C iron calcium hybridization Syngenta Du Pont Bayer Monsanto Vilmorin Limagrain BASF French Academy of Agriculture Kokopelli seeds tomato Hazera pesticides
Topic Page(s): Genetic Engineering + Seeds

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