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Part 1: India
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.
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.
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.
Part 2: SenegalGeorge heads out to India to discover how a changing
diet in the developing world is putting pressure on the world's limited
food resources. He finds out how using crops to produce fuel is
impacting on food supplies across the continents. George then meets a
farmer in Kent, who is struggling to sell his fruit at a profit, and a
British farmer in Kenya who is shipping out tones of vegetables for our
supermarket shelves. He also examines why so many people are still dying
of hunger after decades of food aid.Back in the UK, George
challenges the decision-makers with the facts he has uncovered -- from
Oxfam head of research Duncan Green to Sainsbury's boss Justin King. He
finds out why British beef may offer a model for future meat production
and how our appetite for fish is stripping the world's seas bare.
Part 3: Cuba
In the final episode George Alagiah heads out to Havana
to find out how they are growing half of their fruit and vegetables
right in the heart of the city, investigates the 'land-grabs' trend --
where rich countries lease or buy up the land used by poor farmers in
Africa -- and meets the Indian agriculturalists who have almost trebled
their yields over the course of a decade.
George finds out how we in
this country are using cutting-edge science to extend the seasons
recycle our food waste and even grow lettuce in fish tanks to guarantee
the food on our plates.
He hears the arguments about genetically
modified food and examines even more futuristic schemes to get the food
on to our plates.