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  • Witness the human side of the debate surrounding biotechnology and the future of farming.

    Witness the human side of the debate surrounding biotechnology and the future of farming.

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  • Manjusha's video postcard to the CEO of Monsanto.

    Manjusha's video postcard to the CEO of Monsanto.

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  • Ram Krishna's most precious possession is his bull.

    Ram Krishna's most precious possession is his bull.

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  • Bulls are the lifeblood, engine, and main transport in rural India.

    Bulls are the lifeblood, engine, and main transport in rural India.

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  • Manjusha chases her neighbor Ram Krishna's cart to tell him the seeds salesmen are in the village.

    Manjusha chases her neighbor Ram Krishna's cart to tell him the seeds salesmen are in the village.

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  • Manjusha Amberwar, a village girl who dares to want to become a journalist

    Manjusha Amberwar, a village girl who dares to want to become a journalist

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  • A suicide victim's photo on his son's hand

    A suicide victim's photo on his son's hand

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  • Manjusha and a village elder go to town in search of conventional seeds.

    Manjusha and a village elder go to town in search of conventional seeds.

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  • Village elder Keshav explains why they survived more easily before GMO seeds.

    Village elder Keshav explains why they survived more easily before GMO seeds.

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  • Ram Krishna's most precious possession is his bull.

    Ram Krishna's most precious possession is his bull.

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The Film

Biotechnology is changing the way farming is done all over the world. Advocates believe the “New Green Revolution” is the only way to provide sufficient food for the world's growing population while opponents raise environmental concerns and fear that GMOs drive small-scale farmers off the land. Bitter Seeds explores the controversy — from a village in India that uses genetically modified seeds to U.S. government agencies that promote them.

The Filmmaker

  1. Micha PeledProducer/Director

Micha X. Peled founded Teddy Bear Films in 1999. Peled produced and directed videos for the U.S. peace movement in the 1980s. He made his first television documentary in 1992, while working as the executive director of Media Alliance, a San Francisco media watchdog group. In 2000 Peled completed Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town, which won Best Documentary at the San Francisco International Film Festival. It was nominated for the IDA (International Documentary Association) Distinguished Achievement Pare Lorenz Award. Conceived as a prequel to the previous film, Peled’s first feature doc, China Blue, Store Wars looks at how the cheap goods we consume are made. The film opened at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the Amnesty International Human Rights Award at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA).