FOOD GENETICALLY MODIFIED
Documentary 2013 NR 90 minutes. This provocative documentary follows one father’s search for answers to the question “What are we feeding our families?” and examines the risks of consuming genetically modified foods, or GMOs. A growing number but still relatively few people are aware of the pervasive and increasing presence of GMOs in our food supply and how hard it is to know whether what you are eating is a GMO or not, due to no labeling requirements. See Full Review
Documentary 2010 NR 57m. This illuminating documentary sizes up the state of genetically modified foods by zooming in on the prized New Mexico chili pepper, a poster child for both genetic engineering advocates and opponents of the practice.
The Future of Food
Documentary 2004 NR 90 minutes. Before compiling your next grocery list, you might want to watch filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia’s eye-opening documentary, which sheds light on a shadowy relationship between agriculture, big business and government. By examining the effects of biotechnology on the nation’s smallest farmers, the film reveals the unappetizing truth about genetically modified foods: You could unknowingly be serving them for dinner.See Full Review
The Truth About Our Food
Documentary 2005 NR 63 minutes. Twenty-year-old filmmaker Adam Curry traveled across the United States, Britain and Canada to make this documentary, which explores the statistic that 60 percent of the food Americans eat has been genetically altered or engineered. The jury is out on whether these products could harm the population, and Curry demands answers — talking to nutritionists, physicians, scientists, farmers and other experts in an effort to uncover the truth. It is a presentation of what is happening to our food supply, without our approval, without our knowledge and without our ability to stop it unless we educate ourselves, align in purpose and take action against Monsanto and other biotech and pharmaceutical corporations that will stop at nothing to insure increased profits. I thought the information was communicated in a very clear, easy to understand way. I have seen other similar documentaries, but I still learned a lot from this one. Eye opening and moves you into action. I always give a documentary five stars when I get an “AH-HA!” moment while watching them; this one was legislating the seed supply for Iraqi farmers. This, together with “The Future of Food” presents an excellent case on what we face with genetically modified foods and capitalist manipulation for personal or corporate gain irrespective of the cost to foreign interests, biodiversity, and human welfare. The DVD has some extra interviews in the bonus feature section. They are not to be missed.
Genetically Modified Food:
Panacea or Poison?
Documentary 2005 NR. In the race to feed our rapidly growing planet, scientists have discovered how to manipulate DNA to produce what they claim are stronger, more disease-resistant crops. But are these genetically modified foods really safe for consumption, or are we just guinea pigs in a large-scale nutritional experiment? This informational film presents the facts — and the pros and cons — behind this thought-provoking issue.
Documentary 2014 PG 90 minutes. Childhood obesity has become an ever-more serious medical issue in the United States. This eye-opening documentary examines the underlying causes behind the epidemic, including the marketing strategies of major U.S. food producers. (See also a different documentary with the same name, but with an exclamation mark added: Fed Up!)
Documentary 2002 NR. Nominated for an Environmental Media Award, this eye-opening documentary explores the United States’ food production system from the organic farming of the Green Movement to the genetically engineered food of the Biotech Revolution. Through fascinating archival footage and interviews with farmers, scientists, government officials and activists, Fed Up! provides a detailed and sometimes disturbing overview of contemporary food production. (See also a different documentary with the same name, but without an exclamation mark added at the end: Fed Up)
Life Running Out of Control
(Leben ausser Kontrolle)
Documentary 2004 NR 1hr 34m. Since the mid-1980s, the science of genetics has exploded, offering hope for medical researchers and biologists seeking to feed people, as well as deep concerns for proponents of organic foods and activists worried about human gene manipulation. This documentary explores the powerful ways in which biotechnology affects our lives, from the sale of genetically altered salmon to the obtaining of consent for unwitting donors of human tissue.
Vanishing of the Bees
Documentary 2009 NR 87 minutes. This documentary details the economic, political and ecological consequences of a dwindling world honeybee population. It’s a phenomenon with a name — Colony Collapse Disorder — The cause and effect relationship of Bayer’s systemic chemicals used in France, and subsequently banned (with the bees returning within a year) as well as the studies done in the U.S. (proving the chemicals build up in the honey/pollen of the hives) and why so few studies have actually been done (the companies profiting from the chemical sales are responsible for doing the studies – a policy of the EPA.) The monoculture discussion was very clearly an explanation of why the farmers must use these chemicals – because with monoculture a single pest is able to become a massive problem when the entire farm is a food source. This is also why they recommend eating organic (no pesticides), using your local farmer’s market (no monoculture) or even setting up your own garden (full control over what’s put on your crops.) This was not “leftist propaganda.” It was an explanation of the problem, the primary and most likely cause – based on facts, science, and experience; and a series of potential solutions. See Full Review
Documentary 2009 NR 1hr 24m. What is bee colony collapse disorder and how does it impact America’s food supply? This documentary explores how the deaths of millions of bees threaten the livelihoods of many beekeepers and the nation’s crops.
Queen of the Sun
What Are the Bees Telling Us?
Documentary 2010 NR 1hr 21m. This film documents the surprising importance of the lowly honeybee, describing how bees’ pollinating activities play a crucial role in the food chain and how recent catastrophic “colony collapses” could interrupt global food production.
The World According to Monsanto
(Le Monde Selon Monsanto)
Documentary 2008. Directed by Marie-Monique Robin. Originally released in French, the film is based on Robin’s three-year long investigation into the US agricultural giant Monsantocorporation’s practices around the world. The documentary reports many controversies surrounding the use and promotion of genetically modified seeds.
The World According to Monsanto is also a book written by Marie-Monique Robin winner of the Rachel Carson Prize (a Norwegian prize for female environmentalists). See Full Review
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