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The Bottom Line [electronic resource]: Privatizing the World

Filmoption International (Firm)
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Some call it a winner-take-all opportunity. Others call it the exploitation of scarcity in its most extreme form. This program challenges big business's alarming rush to commodify the world's common resources-things as basic to life as drinkable water and human genes. Proponents of the common good square off against promoters of "business as usual," speaking out on controversial issues including exporting water from Canada, creating hybrid crop seeds and imposing their use on farmers, patenting the BRCA1 gene sequence, fighting against the free dispensing of generic versions of patented HIV medications, and drafting international trade agreements that create negative precedents that override existing environmental laws.
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54 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 12, 2005.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Privatizing the world
  • Making Water a Commodity (5:52)
  • Controlling the Colorado River (4:30)
  • Controlling the Dispersion of Seeds (5:32)
  • Creating a Seed Famine (3:40)
  • Patenting Genetics (8:55)
  • Using Patents to Serve the Public Interest (1:46)
  • The Politics of Managing Health Care (4:09)
  • The Public Health Care Crisis (4:55)
  • Patent Law and the Public Interest (6:10)
  • The Business Reaction Plan (5:34)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2005], c2002.
Publisher no.
30660 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (54 min.) : sd., col., digital.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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