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The Future of Food: 2-Disc Educational Edition

Produced by Deborah Koonz Garcia, Lily Films

88 Minutes - Two Discs

With Curricula & Educational Supplements

Grades 9-Adult
Item #:FUT-973

Select DVD License (limited PPR included)

K-12 Schools, Public Libraries, Community Groups -$89
Colleges, Businesses, Other Institutions - $200
Colleges (DVD with Digital Site License) - $300
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 with many 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
  • 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.

Disc 2: Special Features
  • 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
The Future of Food: 2-Disc Educational Edition