Sunday, June 2, 2013
Repeated exposure to a stressor creates resistance. Focusing on small farms in Paraguay, Raising Resistance shows how the proliferation of genetically modified soy crops have pushed the campesinos to fight for the preservation of their land and crop diversity. A local farmer tries to block herbicides from being sprayed on nearby corporate-owned farms as the wind and water will carry it to his farm decimating his crops. Worse yet, after repeated sprayings the weeds become resistant to the herbicide, necessitating more applications of ever more potent chemicals. An important film that connects our first world desires to the devastation of small farmers worlds away.