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Genetic Modification of Crops & Food

Against the Grain

Discusses genetically engineered food crops concerning the ecological, human health, and ethical reasons why the public should pause, if not seriously question the transformation of the food supply. Includes a look at bioengineered crops and interviews with farmers, both for and against the rapid conversion to bioengineered food crops. Based on Against the grain : biotechnology and the corporate takeover of your food / by Marc Lappe & Britt Bailey (Bioscience S494.5.B563.L3 1998; Bus & Econ S494.5.B563.L3 1998) 1999? 14 min.

Bullshit

Documentary following environmental activist and nuclear physicist Vandana Shiva for a period of two years, from a whirlwind tour of her organic farm at the foot of the Himalayas to the summit of the World Trade Organization in Mexico to a protest outside the European Patents Office in Munich.

Deconstructing Supper

Documentary film that looks at the way modern food is produced through genetic modification and through organic farming in Canada, Europe, India and the United States. Gourmet chef, John Bishop, leads the investigation looking at Monsanto, the leader in genetic engineering, genetically modified food products, and organic farming through interviews with scientists, activists, journalists and farmers. A film by Marianne Kaplan. 2002. 48 min.
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Fed Up!: Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture, and Sustainable Alternatives

Using archival footage interspersed with interviews with farmers, scientists, government officials and activists, this video presents an overview of the American food production system and explores the unintentional effects of pesticides, the resistance of biotechnology companies to food labeling and the links between government officials and major biotechnology and chemical companies. It addresses many questions regarding genetic engineering, the Green Revolution, genetic pollution and modern pesticides. 2002. 58 min.

Field of Genes

There are many genetically altered foods on the market now, including soybean, canola, and corn. This program investigates the biotechnology industry's claims that the creation of genetically altered foods will be beneficial to the world's food suppy and considers the potential dangers and ethics of "improving on nature" with seed crops and livestock. 1997. 45 min.
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Food for Thought.

This film features science writer, Roger Bingham, talking about the environmental consequences of a meat-centered diet. He explains the inefficiency of using meat as fuel for the human body, especially in the light of the environmental impact of raising all that meat - from loss of topsoil and groundwater depletion and pollution, to methane's contribution to global warming, and the growing gap between the rich and poor nations. c1990. 29 min.
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Harvest of Fear

A in-depth exploration of the intensifying debate over genetically-modified (gm) food crops. Through interviews with scientists, farmers, biotech and food industry representatives, government regulators, and critics of biotechnology, this two-hour report presents both sides of the debate, exploring the risks and benefits, the hopes and fears, of this new technology. Contents: Are GMO's safe to eat? -- Are we tampering with nature? -- Do GMO's damage the environment? -- Do we need GMO's to feed the world? -- What does the future hold? c2001. 120 min.

Risky Business: Biotechnology and Agriculture

Thousands of plants and animals are being genetically engineered yet so far there has been relatively little public debate about the impact of biotechnology. This documentary, filmed in laboratores and fields, presents scientists, industry proponents, environmental and consumer activists from the U.S., Europe and developing countries who discuss the risks and benefits of biotechnology and its growing international impacts. 1996. 25 min.
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The Future of Food

In-depth investigation into unlabeled genetically-modified foods which have become increasingly prevalent in American grocery stores. Unravels the complex web of market and political forces that are changing the nature of what we eat. Written, produced and directed by Deborah Koons Garcia. 2004. 88 min.
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