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The Worm Forgives the Plough
At the beginning of Time, Adam - so the story goes - had a perfect place to live in: Eden. Stained-glass windows show him thrusting his spade into the soil of the Garden for the first time. But since then things have started to go wrong. The growth of our civilisation started with the first systems of agriculture, and the earliest cities that developed in Mesopotamia set the essential pattern of our modem urban society.
Today most of us assume that the food we need will be there on a shelf somewhere for the buying. We have made it into a cash-and-carry world. But at what price? All over the world the changes that have revolutionised agriculture so that supply can keep up with demand, are leaving our landscapes altered, even sometimes maimed. Since the Industrial Revolution we have released forces of power that have dictated the kind of lives we lead.
But are we pushing our luck too hard, as man has often done in the past? Things can and do go wrong - and this is our one and only world.
John Seymour reports from around the world.
John Ormond narrates. Cameraman RUSS WALKER Film editor JOHN BREWSER
Producer BRIAN TURVEY. BBC Wales
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