Der Ährenmann [The Man in the Wheatfield]

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Verhaag, Bertram. Der Ährenmann. Munich: DENKmal-Film, 2003. 45 min.

Eckart Irion, a German researcher and cultivator of new types of grain, uses natural selection to develop seeds for growing rye (Secale cereale), wheat (Triticum aestivum), and oats (Avena sativa). The process involves growing his own feed for his cows, horses, chickens, and ducks, which in turn provide the fertilizer for growing the grain. The original German title contains a wordplay: “Ehrenmann” (English for gentleman) spelled with an “Ä” incorporates the German word “Ähre” into the title. Ähre translates as “ear,” in the sense of the part of a cereal plant that contains the grains. (Source: Adapted from the Official Film Website)

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