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Feast or Famine [electronic resource]: Water Management and Food Production in China

Carlton International Media Limited
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
To manage the country, we must first control the waters, is an ancient Chinese saying that is more true today than ever. This program documents farmers' hardships-droughts that leave Shanxi Province bone-dry and floods that inundate the lands bordering the Yangtze River-and discusses the exacerbating effects of deforestation and urban growth. Also, potential remedies are showcased, including new dams, increased water conservation, sustainable agricultural practices, improved planting methods, genetic modification of crops, and the monumental South to North Water Transfer Project.
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Run Time
58 min.
9 & up
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on May 02, 2012.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
Variant Title
Water Management and Food Production in China
China: The Dragon's Ascent
  • Introduction: Feast or Famine: Water Management and Food Production in China (2:13)
  • 1958 Newsreel (1:44)
  • Countryside Residents Remember (1:21)
  • Controlling the Water (3:37)
  • Canal Maintenance (2:40)
  • Canals Mean No Drought (4:09)
  • Yangtze River Flood 1998 (7:29)
  • Cost of Flood Damage Across China (3:59)
  • Yangtze and Yellow Rivers Dominate Chinese Farming (2:23)
  • Challenges in North China (2:23)
  • Mao Years Destroyed Motivation (2:25)
  • Sustainable Agriculture (2:33)
  • Future of Seeds (3:36)
  • Rebuilding After the Flood (2:07)
  • New Rice Planting Method (1:53)
  • Miyun Reservoir (1:46)
  • Yangtze River Flood Control Program (2:28)
  • Three Gorges Dam (2:00)
  • Water "Plants" Not "Fields" (1:55)
  • No Room for Failure (2:10)
  • Credits: Feast or Famine: Water Management and Food Production in China (1:47)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2012], c2000
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  • 32956s Films Media Group
  • 32961 Films Media Group
1streaming video file (58 min.) : d., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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