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Synopsis

ABUNDANT LAND is a documentary about a Hawaiian community on Moloka’i resisting the biotech industry’s use of the island to test genetically engineered seeds. Biotech corporations including Monsanto and Mycogen are depleting Moloka’i’s topsoil and fresh water while contributing to dust storms that spread pesticides into the surrounding communities and ocean. ABUNDANT LAND also offers a historical look into the political underpinnings of chemical intensive farming in Hawaii while portraying the rich legacy of traditional Hawaiian land management.  The documentary follows a group of dedicated residents as they seek transparency about the testing being done on their island and promote permaculture—an ecological design system rooted in ancient Hawaiian farming practices—as an alternative to chemically dependent agriculture.