March 23, 2009
By Rady Ananda
Joining the growing conversation about genetically modified foods and the tactics of transnational corporations, Link TV will air The Future of Food this week. Click here for air times. Deborah Koons Garcia’s groundbreaking film from 2004 can also be found at Google video
This is Link TV’s intro:
Is there anything more important than knowing where our food comes from, and who controls what we eat? The documentary The Future of Food has the disturbing answers. Today’s food chain is far more complicated than the traditional farmer to table model – it has become a vertically integrated industrial complex. And with government looking the other way, genetically modified seeds have found their way into our food supply. The time has come to take back our food.
This Link TV special, hosted by celebrated environmental journalist Mark Hertsgaard, investigates the corporate dominance of our world’s food systems. We are joined in the studio by the filmmaker of The Future of Food, Deborah Koons Garcia, as well as University of California biologist Ignacio Chapela, founder of The Mycological Facility in Oaxaca, Mexico, a facility dealing with questions of natural resources and indigenous rights. Koons Garcia’s documentary The Future of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.
From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today.
Link TV’s Food issue webpage
The Future of Food official site
Ignacio Chapela at UC Berkeley
Mark Hertsgaard’s website