The Great Green Desert

August 28th, 2019

Input by Ryan Griffis on the collaborative film project A Great Green Desert which focuses on the agricultural practice of monocropping

When european settlers first set foot in the vast tallgrass prairies in the midwest, they described the experience as moving through an inland sea. Today, the monocropping of corn and soybeans has turned this landscape into a green desert, a hyperproductive element of the global grain trade. Ryan Griffis introduces the collaborative film project The Great Green Desert on the social and ecological impacts of extractive agriculture in both the US Midwest and in Central Brazil.