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Cruel Harvest

Duration:
28 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 19 September 2012

The disastrous global harvest of 2012 has slashed food supplies from the parched Mid-West of the USA to the dusty plains of Ukraine. In this time of crisis many farmers are asking if they should continue to grow crops to be turned into fuel for cars and power stations when they could be feeding more people.

Costing the Earth visits the American corn-belt of Missouri and the rape fields of Bedfordshire to investigate the international impact of the tightening food supplies and ask if we need to get used to more extreme weather patterns over the coming decades. Can scientists help farmers grow crops that are more resistant to drought and flood or should we accept that all of our fertile land should be turned over to food production?

Producer: Steve Peacock.

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    The Missouri State Fair held in the midst of drought

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  • Parched corn in a Missouri field

    Parched corn in a Missouri field

  • A dry creek in the U.S. Mid-West

    A dry creek in the U.S. Mid-West

  • The drought also made life tough for cattle farmers

    The drought also made life tough for cattle farmers

  • All the fun of the Missouri State Fair

    All the fun of the Missouri State Fair

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