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The Pit

45 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 21 August 2013

By D.J. Britton

The first in a two part drama about global food security.

British trader Phil Ward has just moved to the US with his wife Sian to start work at the Chicago Board of Trade. When the grain market is thrown into turmoil, Phil's boss - Joel Bosco - calls him in to make sense of the numbers. Phil uncovers a global trend in food scarcity that represents a huge financial opportunity for the company. But what if the market fails?

World food security is a hot topic. Internationally, after record growth, global wheat exports have fallen by 10 per cent in the last year. Prices are rising inexorably. According to Oxfam, 800 million people are currently malnourished - a greater figure than ever before. As cereal production falls, world population numbers continue to rise, and the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation predicts food demand will double by 2030. Meanwhile world food security remains left to the volatility of the global free market.

When Greed Becomes Hunger asks whether the world can afford to trust the free market with its food supply.

Directed by James Robinson
A BBC Cymru Wales Production.


Matthew Gravelle
Carys Eleri
Stuart Milligan
Zoe Tapper
Ronan Summers
Amaka Okafor
DJ Britton
James Robinson



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