FMTV - Raising Resistance

Raising Resistance

Runtime: 82m 23s | Release date: 2012

Beautifully shot and interweaving interviews with scenes from soy fields in Paraguay, Raising Resistance explores Latin American farmers’ struggles against the expanding production of genetically modified soy in South America.

Biotechnology, mechanization, and herbicides have radically changed the lives of small farmers in Latin America. For farmers in Paraguay, this means displacement from their land, loss of basic food supplies, and a veritable fight for survival. As corporate farms seize farmland and rapidly expand production of genetically modified soy, farmers like Geronimo Arevalos find themselves in a life and death struggle.

Raising Resistance illustrates the mechanisms of a global economy that relies on a ‘monocrop’ agriculture and corporate ownership of land. In telling the story of Paraguay, Raising Resistance poses the larger question of whether the global community wants to go on living with a system that allows one crop to prosper at the expense of all others.


Geronimo Arevalos    
Nelson Arevalos    
Silvia Arevalos
Roger N. Beachy    
Clemente Busanello
Antonio Cabrera
Jorge Cabrer
Christoph Eibl    
Valirio Eichelberger
Juana Gonzales
Luis Alberto Gonzales
Marcos A. Gracietti
Fernando Lugo
Silvio Peralta
Alain Sailland


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Jessica Kuehnel | 1 year ago
i can't believe how far we have come, destroying our planet in every way we just can. This type of growing food is destroying us all in the end if we don't start to change those situation...and for what? That some very few people get richer and richer and don't care at all about others and the planet.. It just doesn't get in my head seeing all this suffering caused by huge corporations. Let people work on their Land. Give them a reason to live by keeping our soil healthy with diversity.
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Nadia Hakim | 2 years, 5 months ago
that's great that you program movies about other countries other than the USA or Europe (or Australia), because their situation regarding a global farming system has specific characteristics and have different national contexts as well... thanks!
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Ivory David | FMTV | 2 years, 5 months ago
We are more than happy to share this information across the globe Nadia, thank you for being with us ~ Ivory :)
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Jean W | 2 years, 11 months ago
I'm lost for words..... I can't imagine how soul destroying and the despair the local farmers must feel. The president of the country understanding the issues but doing nothing. I agree with Sandra, try and avoid buying soy at all costs. I keep hoping that the reality of big mono agriculture will dawn on the governments of countries and controls are put in place to protect the environment and small local farmers. Because of Brexit, here in the UK discussions are coming up about the use of GMO's in the UK on leaving the EU as big agro see an opportunity to get foot in the door having been defeated by the EU. The minister responsible for agriculture believes the propoganda from Monsanto et al about better crop production etc etc..... Shocking. We all have to make conscious decisions about the type of food we want and the world we want to leave behind.
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 2 years, 11 months ago
Hi Jean, thank you for watching and for sharing your insights about this topic. We appreciate it :) ~ Iris
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sandra kennedy | 2 years, 11 months ago
heart breaking, Soy is not a good product, the amount people eat is now seen to cause hormonal issues., yet agribusiness continues to destroy the lungs of the earth to plant unhealthy and noxious soy, often gmo, and yet demand for soy is in the hands of the public. refuse to use products with soy in them and many situations like this will not occur for others, if the demand is not there, they wont grow the stuff.
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Amyah F Labreche | 3 years ago
Sickening... and this guy who said that margosa is a bad weed... damit... margosa or margousier is neem... neem oil is a powerful medicine and also can be used as a natural potent pesticide so... leave it there and palnt around, it help plants to get rid of predators... just control it. What a bunch... makes me angry! Please... tell us what is happening!!!!!!
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Cindy Calhoun | 3 years, 1 month ago
This makes me sick, sad and angry! Any updates?
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Iris Aguanta | FMTV | 3 years, 1 month ago
Hi Cindy, you might want to check out their website here for more details and updates about this documentary: I hope this helps :) Thank you for watching! ~ Iris
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Kay | 3 years, 1 month ago
What a beautiful, heartbreaking film.