June 19, 2013
"Alfalfa: Queen of the Pasture"
The professional animator who made this film about GM alfalfa is organic farmer, Nathan Carey, who is featured in the film "To Make a Farm" about young farmers! Check it out!
Smurfs deal with the arrival of GMOs in this great 7 minute film from Quebec!
The World According to Monsanto
Monsanto is the world leader in genetically engineered seeds, as well as one of the most controversial corporations in industrial history. This century-old empire has created some of the most toxic products ever sold, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and the herbicide Agent Orange. Based on a painstaking investigation, The World According to Monsanto puts together the pieces of the company’s history, calling on hitherto unpublished documents and numerous first-hand accounts.
Misleading reports, collusion, pressure tactics and attempts at corruption: the history of Monsanto is filled with disturbing episodes. Behind its clean, green image, Monsanto is tightening its grasp on the world seed market, striving for market supremacy to the detriment of food security and the global environment.
CBAN rating: CBAN gives 5 stars to a great film that documents our victories against Monsanto and the most pressing current issues. The film includes footage from the Canadian fight against Bovine Growth Hormone and ends with the dramatic situation faced by small farmers in Paraguay who are surrounded by expanding monoculture of GE soy and its herbicide Roundup. How can these farmers protect their families from pesticide poisoning? See La Soja Mata/Soy Kills or join with CBAN to support these farmers and to follow the issues raised in the film. Contact CBAN to buy the film. Click here to see more information about Monsanto.
A Silent Forest:The Growing Threat—Genetically Engineered Trees
Narrated by Dr. David Suzuki of PBS’ The Nature of Things
In A Silent Forest, renowned geneticist Dr. David Suzuki challenges the genetic engineering of trees. In a letter of support to the campaign to stop genetically engineered trees, Dr. Suzuki states, “[GE trees] have the potential to wreak ecological havoc throughout the world’s native forests. GE trees could also impact wildlife as well as rural and indigenous communities that depend on intact forests for their food, shelter, water, livelihood and cultural practices." He continues, "as a geneticist, I believe there are far too many unknown and unanswered questions to be growing genetically engineered plants—food crops or trees—in open fields. GE trees should not be released into the environment in commercial plantations and any outdoor test plots or existing plantations should be removed."
This 45-minute documentary has been two years in the making. Produced by Three Americas, Inc. and Raindancer Films and Directed by Ed Schehl with consultation from Global Justice Ecology Project, A Silent Forest addresses the broad spectrum of concerns surrounding genetically engineered trees, from impacts on forests to wildlife to human health.
CBAN rating: CBAN highly recommends this introduction to GE trees. There is a small part relating to Terminator technology that needs additional information: see www.banterminator.org
Seeds of Change
Seeds of Change: Farmers, Biotechnology and the New Face of Agriculture is a seventy-minute documentary film made by University of Manitoba (U of M) professor Stéphane McLachlan, U of M PhD student Ian Mauro, and independent videographer Jim Sanders, is a balanced yet hard-hitting exposé of the controversy surrounding genetically modified crops and how they have changed the face of agriculture in western Canada. This fast paced and moving film documents the views of western Canadian farmers on both the benefits and risks associated with using GM crops. CBAN rating: 5 stars!
The Future of Food
A great film to educate on genetic engineering. Released in 2004 but still relevant and informative www.thefutureoffood.com