Food – GMOs And The Frightening Future of Health
“The Future of Food” There’s a food revolution happening in America today. People are seeking out farmers’ markets, organic produce and good restaurants. At the same time, our food supply is increasingly controlled by multinational corporations. Over the past 10 years, with the advent of genetic engineering and the massive expansion of pesticide companies, like Monsanto, into the seed business, the very nature of our food system has radically changed with potentially disastrous effects on our food security. Patenting of life is now permitted, no labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO’s) in food is required, research is conducted on these issues by universities beholden to the “agri-corps” who fund them, and the major regulatory agencies are run by former execs from these very companies. All the while, the average citizens remain blissfully unaware that they are eating GMO food and supporting the aggressive “corporatization’ of their food sources. In fascinating and accessible terms, “The Future of Food” illuminates the major issues ultimately affecting us all — some surreal, some futuristic, many frightening. Yet, ‘The Future of Food’ is a hopeful film, featuring insightful and moving interviews with farmers, agriculture and business experts and policymakers. It sees a future in which an informed consumer can join the revolution by demanding natural, healthy food sources that insure environmental integrity.
“The World According To Monsanto” There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow, of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it — it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the “revolving door.” One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney, before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all U.S. food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE (Geneticlly Engineered) foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company’s vice president for public policy.
“Bad Seed: The Dangers of GM Foods” Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the U.S. adopted GE (GMO) foods and crops, without proper testing, without consumer labeling and, in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the U.S. market. Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far, that in the early 90s, the U.S. Food and Drugs Administration, even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE (Genetically Engineered) crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products, include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.
“GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms”