Seven years in production, this informative and thought-provoking study brings together the relationship between plant genetics, plant source material in Third World countries, and the manipulation of plant genes by U.S. and European scientists for the betterment of crop production and quality. Director Barry Barclay and Irish-born plant geneticist Erna Bennett argue that the industrialized countries have a moral and ethical obligation to make sure the "fruit" of their research helps the countries that supplied them with the materials in the first place -- and not just their own wealthy nations. One of the examples given is Nicaragua, where improved maize plants developed from resources taken out of that country in the 1960s have never been given back to the Nicaraguan farmer -- in this case, because of the U.S. embargo.
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