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A Commons Sense

The 9x9 Film Festival

Dr Debal Deb is possibly one of, if not, the most progressive scientists working in the field of agriculture. Having already saved over 1200 varieties of indigenous rice, Dr Deb continues to work, more or less un-funded. This film was a result of a speech he made in Kolkata on the opening of his new lab, enabling him to sequence plant DNA, publish it and therefore protect it for future generations.


It’s amazing to hear Dr. Deb speaking in the video, somewhat dispassionately, about his work, and the specifics of his efforts to protect the human and Indian heritage of agricultural plants from corporatist and US bio-piracy… and see the deep intensity, and anger, in his eyes.