BBC – Future of Food – Part 1: India – video

BBC – Future of Food – Part 1: India

Uploaded on Feb 27, 2012

In the past year, we have seen food riots on three continents, food inflation has rocketed and experts predict that by 2050, if things don’t change, we will see mass starvation across the world. This film sees George Alagiah travel the world in search of solutions to the growing global food crisis.
From the two women working to make their Yorkshire market town self-sufficient to the academic who claims it could be better for the environment to ship in lamb from New Zealand, George Alagiah meets the people who believe they know how we should feed the world as demand doubles by the middle of the century.    

George joins a Masai chief among the skeletons of hundreds of cattle he has lost to climate change and the English farmer who tells him why food production in the UK is also hit. He spends a day eating with a family in Cuba to find out how a future oil shock could lead to dramatic adjustments to diets. He visits the breadbasket of India to meet the farmer who now struggles to irrigate his land as water tables drop, and finds out why obesity is spiralling out of control in Mexico.
Back in Britain, George investigates what is wrong with people’s diets, and discovers that the UK imports an average of 3000 liters of water per capita every day. He talks to top nutritionist Susan Jebb, DEFRA minister Hilary Benn and Nobel laureate Rajendra Pachauri to uncover what the future holds for our food.

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  • valerie  On 02/28/2013 at 5:06 am

    Here is the website
    This is the website for Dr. Mercola regarding our food, our health and our future. All the chemicals added to our foods and who profits and sets the standards for our pricing and allows all the things that happen on our planet as far as food and growth and development occur.
    Research his website and read his posts and blogs on these subjects. They are real eye openers Enjoy!

  • Cyril Balkaran  On 03/01/2013 at 10:40 am

    Food Security should be everyone’s business today, tomorrow and everyday so long as we are alive, because we have to find the food to eat in order not to starve and die of lack of suitable food. The crisis in the food market and supplier chain can be seen as two major contributing events. The first is what Nature is herself doing in terms of the earth, water, and the climate changes and the No 2 event is what the humans are doing to create the climate of food wants in the future. The Human and science in particular is concentrating on the tailoring of the genes of plants and seeds and so to create a new and more productive crop od rice or wheat or staple crops, he is creating the alterations that may lead us to doom and crop failures due to unrecognised new plant diseases that can create crop failure and has the capacity to wipe out crops totally. The humans are increasing their populations each year and so the need to feed millions more is our problem. The irony of it all is that this world is surrounded by three quarters of its area with water,but yet we have no water for our crops in many countries where agriculture is booming. Fresh water is needed for growth and survival of crops everywhere. How are we as a scientific community doing about desalination of sea water. Many of our rural and agricultural population have shifted their focus away from agriculture and today the fields have been left unattended and barren. With everyshift away from agriculture we find the loss of the technology for eg to grow rice, wheat successfully is lost.
    The increasing uses of agricultural lands everywhere for other purposes. as housing estates and for Industrial Uses, have created another blow at the land uses. The world population will continue to grow and develop while the humans who plan for food security are creating the scare in the deficiency of their Planning.This is a very complex situation in the world and its impact will be felt everywhere in this global family. Everything occurs in cycles, as we learn from nature. So the human race has to be prepared for the coming disasters in food security!

  • de castro  On 03/01/2013 at 11:35 am


    FOOD is important but our focus should be more on WATER….
    we can live a week or two without food
    we cannot live a week without watwer.

    GUYANA still imports food ….. unbelieveable…!

    Land reformation should be high up on the political agenda

    USE it or LOOSE it ….

    GT should be rebuilt further inland on higher ground with motorway linking the rivers-old city….build the roads and the sheep will follow….give the people land
    with the above provisio …leasehold land with the government as the leasholder.

    RICE sugarcane et all can then be farmed on the flat coastal land as per the Dutch success ….flat arable land reclaimed from the sea with the proper sea defences…to accommodate tides…the water on coastal areas is less saline so
    ideal for farming.

    GUYANA can-should be the bread basket of the carribean and beyond…
    you are welcome to visit me in southern spain to view my strive towards
    “self-sufficency” …I have 10.000 M2 land but only need 1000M for my own personal use….the rest of my produce is either exchanged with local farmers
    or consumd/stored.

  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On 03/03/2013 at 3:26 am

    Thanks for sharing this, Cyril. Informative and disconcerting. I’ve got to find Part 2.

    We the people of Planet Earth face many challenges for our survival. I continue to cook my own food at home but it is costly to buy the more healthy organic fresh produce.

    • guyaneseonline  On 03/03/2013 at 5:18 am

      Hello Rosaliene:
      Thanks for your comment. Glad to share interesting article and videos I find online.
      I intend to post Future of Food – Part 2/3 featuring Senegal and Part 3/3 featuring Cuba, shotly.
      Kind regards,

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