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One Man, One Cow, One Planet

  • 57 mins
  • 88%
  • All Ages
  • New Zealand FlagNZNew Zealand
  • 2007
  • Documentaries
  • Foreign

'The outcome of the battle for agricultural control in India may just dictate the future of the earth.' Peter Proctor is 78. He has a glass eye and is partially deaf. He can’t stomach hot, spicy food, sings opera obsessively and has left the comforts of life in suburban New Zealand to live and work in India. He is also quietly determined to save the world. Peter is New Zealand’s father of modern biodynamic farming, an arcane and extreme form of agriculture. Detractors have been known to call it ‘a new age scam.’ But across India thousands of subsistence farmers disagree. Biodynamic agriculture is changing the landscape, releasing entire communities from the debt cycles and destroyed soils of chemical farming and the bio colonialism of multinational corporations. One Man, One Cow, One Planet explores the hidden battle of marginal farmers to own seeds, to grow diverse crops, to feed themselves and their communities. This film reveals how precarious our existence on this planet is, how flawed the mantra of unlimited growth in a finite world and the reality of what happens to people when we treat them as means of production. One Man, One Cow, One Planet puts the self-sufficient village, free of external market forces, at the centre of the universe and reveals that when multinational corporations dictate what farmers must grow they are controlling what all of us eat.