Eating Tomorrow

Eating Tomorrow looks at the issues of seed colonialism and how agri-business, despite their claims to be helping developing countries, is severely destroying the food supplies, traditions, and farming strategies of countries in the periphery. Farmers are excluded from the discussion of how ‘we’ can ‘feed the world’ when, most often, these farmers are the ones at the most risk of going hungry. It takes a look at the African country of Malawi and reveals how misguided governments can cost their citizens their lives with policies that bring in a multi-national business like Monsanto. These companies have no economic incentive to create seeds or plants that can be regrown, instead insert themselves into developing countries to force them under their economic imperialism. They also own national seed corporations so that they can hold a monopoly over the seed distribution. Many small farmers in these countries have realized that a crop’s yield is not the only important characteristic for a good plant: drought tolerance, storability, and poundability are also highly important. These companies also insert themselves into places with high crop diversity and attempt to insert their genetically modified crops into those economies. These companies are not looking to save the world, but instead are looking to increase their profit margins, dependence on their products, and make previous systems for preserving seeds and crops obsolete.

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