History's Harvest: Where Food Comes From
is the documentary film produced by the ASPB Education Foundation. The DVD can be projected or viewed on a computer. The computer file contains additional articles and information.
If you have any questions about the film, please contact Katie Engen, Education Coordinator, by email.
History's Harvest presents a sweeping view of 10,000 years of agricultural history, shown against a backdrop of spectacular footage from locations in India, Mexico, the United States and Britain. The film is fast-paced, informative, and visually engaging. Scientific information is presented in a straight-forward manner so that the general public can easily understand.
The film traces the developments in agriculture that led to major breakthroughs including the genetic engineering of crops. It shows how genetic engineering is an extension of what has gone on before and how new technologies are important for the developing world. The film talks about the progression of science and how this has allowed civilization to thrive.
ASPB's Education Foundation developed this film is to provide accurate information to the public on the importance of plant biology in addressing world hunger and to educate the public on where food comes from. In addition to the vivid scenes of people, life and agriculture on three continents, the film includes interviews with prominent scientists.
The film takes viewers from the fields where crops are grown, into the homes in India where food is prepared, into the labs where the latest research is conducted, and into the grocery stores of America where every kind of produce can be found in beautiful abundance. There are discussions with farmers in Iowa, Mexico and India. There are interviews with restaurant owners in California and leading scientists from around the world. The film's inclusion of scenes that most of us can relate to - today's supermarkets - adds to its appeal to today's audiences.
The Foundation is in the process of identifying distributors to bring the film to TV broadcast networks. The film is also available for purchase for educational use and for libraries. The Foundation's goal is to spread the message to as wide an audience as possible.
History's Harvest was developed for the American Society of Plant Biologists' Education Foundation and was produced by SMASH, a London-based production company. SMASH is an award-winning independent production company that makes programs for a number of broadcasters such as the UK's Channel 4, Channel 5, BBC TV etc, as well as Discovery and TLC in the U.S.
For more information on the Foundation and its programs, you can reach
ASPB Education Foundation by email