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The Future of Food

May 14, 2009

I’ve been sick for the last couple of days, so I have plenty of time to not-garden and watch a ton of movies.

I just watched “The Future of Food,” a harrowing examination of genetically modified foods and other changes in the way we deal with our food.

In Japan and in many parts of Europe, there has been enough uproar around genetically modified foods that labeling is required and that some foods are even  banned.

In the US, this issue has barely gained a foothold in public debate – even though farmers are getting sued for patent-infringement if GM seeds blow onto their field and infiltrate their seed supply and even though there has been little study of risks to our health and to our environment.

I had heard about this issue before – I’ve read articles by the brilliant Vandana Shiva about the injustices of the Green Revolution, and in my parent’s household, Monsanto is a dirty word.

But this film offered a clear explanation of the science of genetically modifying organisms, the history of genetic modification scientifically and legally, and the real stories of people whose lives have been affected by GMOs on health, legal, and environmental bases.

But what’s the good news?

You can watch it on Hulu!

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