The Future of Food

he Future of Food 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.  This is a dark and controversial subject: genetically modified organisms or GMOs and the shady doings of the corporations who produce and promote this scary science — and the relationship of sectors of our government with these corporations. This film is full of good information that everyone needs to know about the food we eat, put together in a captivating way. This movie goes beyond the obvious level of organic food being healthier for people. It also discusses how politics is playing into what Americans eat, and how unknowingly our food is being taken over by large corporations that perhaps don’t have our best interests at heart. It makes good suggestions about how to regain control over our food.  Consider some points in the movie: 1. The insecticide and herbicide companies have bought out the majority of seed companies.  2. These companies are genetically modifying seeds and patenting them.  3. Today just a few companies own the rights to the majority of farm-grown products.  4. Large corporations (i.e. Monsanto) are winning lawsuits against much smaller farmers because genetically modified seed that is patented has blown onto their farms. The film conveys somewhat one-sidedly and briefly the history of food, but focuses mainly on the court cases and the how the individual farmers are affected by them.  This documentary is one of the best-researched and most poignant of the “food films.” Yes, our scientists have been bought. And our politicians have long been for sale. Is our environment also for sale? Is our health? Will you willingly sacrifice your children’s health for the profits of Monsanto, on the grounds that you embrace the free market? The food system in America is not the “free market” – on the contrary, as this movie makes very clear, it is all of us who are subsidizing our agri-future, with our tax dollars. We American taxpayers are paying for the profits of these huge firms with farm subsidies, as they pay off our scientists, our political leaders, and undertake an experiment with our future. The well-paid execs and the stockholders will walk away with their riches, even if it fails. What about the rest of us?  I remember when a tomato had a burst of flavor and when carrots were actually good. Now they just taste…well they really don’t taste like anything…even the organic ones. I agree that predatory practices in the seed and food growing industry should be dealt with and the current farm subsidies should be overhauled completely.  So is the movie good? Absolutely. It comprehensively covers a complex subject in an understandable and engaging way. We’ve been showing this film in neighborhood centers for a couple of years now, and people sitting on hard uncomfortable folding chairs are transfixed by what they’re seeing. No one walks out. I have seen quite a few documentaries on the subject — this is the best. Everyone should see this to gain some perspective on what is going on with food. Nothing you wouldn’t expect — corporate greed, money, and ignorance, but a nice non-biased POV.  Out of all of the food documentaries out there, this is a definite must see if you care to educate yourself about genetically modified seeds and their impact on our farming community in the United States and globally. This is an eye-opening documentary. One farmer lost a patent infringement case when the Monsanto truck driver admitted he dropped some seeds. What happened to intent to commit a crime? The farmer clearly had no intent to profit and wanted the crops out of his field. I think the farmer should have countersued Monsanto for releasing an invasive species into his field and the environment. It was a really bad move when patenting a living thing was finally allowed. It makes me cringe to think how the law that allows GMO producers to patent and own plants that contain a gene sequence, which may be applicable to humans.  One result of this movie was to make me ask ‘Who is Monsanto’? If you go to their website they have a statement that says “If there were one word to explain what Monsanto is about, it would have to be farmers. It is our purpose to help them meet the needs of a growing population.”  Seriously, is that what Monsanto is really about? Watching this documentary will make you think twice about that statement. The greed of Monsanto is real and dangerous, and the perceived threat of modified food is spreading.  Shame on Monsanto, for what they are doing to farmers in America, and now also in Mexico and other developing countries. Shame on them.  We realize how companies like Monsanto fill up the FDA, and EPA with former employees.  Anyone following the legal policies of Monsanto or the plight of the North American farmer will want to watch this movie, even if they already believe they know everything they need to. And the rest of us need to watch The Future of Food as well, since a sustainable food supply should be of importance to everyone.  One of the film’s main points is that the giant mega-corporation Monsanto is buying up all the small seed companies and to some degree the insecticide business so that it will eventually control all food production in the world. Listen very close to the parts about the terminator gene that automatically causes a plant to die before it can make seeds for the next season (thus, you must buy more) and the seed that will not grow unless a certain chemical (also owned by Monsanto) is applied to it. Big question, and one that the big corporations don’t want to answer, is what will happen if this genetic material gets loose into the world plant population? This doc will definitely make you want to see that patent laws and how judges interpret them should be changed.  This film goes beyond just the food production angle to show the worldwide implications. Riveting — scary, scary stuff.  Extremely informative and frightening — to think a company could ‘own’ a gene, carried in food, and possibly animals, perhaps eventually humans.  Before I watched this movie I had been buying more and more organic foods as the prices have been coming down, and this movie solidified my buying choices.  I will continue to plant my heirloom, organic and non-GMO seeds, sharing and saving, and continue our vegan lifestyle.  This film is depressing, but in a good way — yeah, there are horrible things happening to our food, but hopefully movies like this will spur people into action.  Add this to your queue now, and wake up and take a stand against these greedy companies poisoning you and your family.  Share it with everyone you know.  I’ve watched a number of documentaries on food production and they all have a different way of saying the same thing:  We need to get control of our food supply back from big Pharma and big Agra!  We like these documentaries critical of Big Food (Food Inc. was very influential on us and King Corn was solid).  Bravo to all who had a hand in making this movie.  Documentary 2004 NR 90 minutes.



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