There is a revolution
happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America – a
revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat, yet
is little-known to most of us.
The Future of Food
offers an in-depth exploration of
several important developments in agriculture today including the
diminishment of biodiversity, patenting of life, loss of family farms,
consolidation of seed companies and the globalization of our food
system. Using genetically engineered crops as a primary cause and
result of these new developments, the film delves into the disturbing
truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that
have quietly filled the world’s grocery stores for the past decade.
From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, The Future of Food
gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been
negatively impacted by new, patented GMO seeds. The film uses animation
to explain the process of recombinant DNA technology which allows
“genetic engineering”, the movement of DNA from one species to another.
The legal foundations for, and consequences of, patenting life are
explored in depth. The health implications, government policies and push
towards globalization are presented as some of the reasons why many
people are alarmed by the takeover of our food supply by corporations
and their genetically engineered crops. The global battle over
agricultural genetic engineering is as fierce now as ever.
Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and contrasting local trends with global realities, The Future of Food
examines the complex web of market and political forces that are
changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control
the world’s food system. The film also explores alternatives to
large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable
agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis.
This 2-Disc Educational Edition DVD
special features listed below, including a comprehensive, year-long
college-level curriculum, tailored for use in a variety of course
settings and durations. The curriculum was created by Dr. Joshua
Muldavin who has over 25 years of experience with international
fieldwork and teaching about food and agricultural issues.
Disc 1: Documentary, Interviews and Curriculum
Disc 2: Special Features
- The full-length documentary with public performance rights
- 2 additional interviews with scientists Dr. Michael Hansen and Dr. Arpad Pusztai
- A detailed 100+ page college-level curriculum -- Food, Agriculture, Environment & Development
-- by Dr. Joshua Muldavin, including short versions of the curriculum,
suggested reading, group activities and class assignments, graphics and
images for lectures.
- Michael Pollan on The Cost of Food
- "The Happy Box" - A film about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) by Erica Filanc
- "How to Save Seeds from Vegetables" - A film by Underwood Gardens
- "Planting Seeds" - A film about School Farming programs
- Excerpts from 4 films about farmers - "My Father's Garden,"
"Troublesome Creek," "Ripe for Change" and a film about Michael Ableman
- Take Action Toolkit & web resources
- GE Free recipes by Deborah Madison, Mollie Katzen