Bitter Seeds

About This Episode

Bitter Seeds explores the future of how we grow things, weighing in on the debate over the changes created by industrial agriculture. Companies like U.S.-based Monsanto claim that their genetically modified (GM) seeds offer the most effective solution to feeding the world’s growing population, but on the ground, many small-scale farmers are losing their land. Nowhere is the situation more desperate than in India; every 30 minutes one farmer in India, deep in debt and unable to provide for his family, commits suicide - over a quarter million lives have been claimed.

Like most of his neighbors, Ram Krishna must borrow heavily in order to afford the mounting costs of modern farming. Required by a money-lender to put up his land as collateral, he gambles on everything he has. When his cotton crop is attacked by pests, Ram Krishna must do whatever he can to avoid losing the family land. College student Manjusha, who is Ram Krishna's neighbor, is determined to become a journalist and tell the world about the farmers’ predicament. Her ambition is fueled by personal history – her father was one of the suicide victims. When a newspaper reporter agrees to look at her writing, Manjusha takes on Ram Krishna’s plight as her first reporting project.

Bitter Seeds features compelling characters to tell a deeply moving story from the heart of the worldwide controversy about the future of farming.