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The Future of Food



The Future of Food

DVD cover of The Future of Food
Directed by Deborah Koons
Produced by Deborah Koons
Catherine Butler
Written by Deborah Koons
Distributed by Lily Films
Release date(s) 30 May 2004
Running time 88 minutes
Country United States
Language English
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The Future of Food is a 2004 documentary film which makes an in-depth investigation into unlabelled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly made their way onto grocery store shelves in the United States for the past decade.

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It gives farmers in disagreement with the food industry a voice to express how their lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology, and shines a light on the market and political forces that are changing what we eat.

The film decries the cost of a globalised food industry on human lives around the world, and highlights how international companies are gradually driving farmers off the land in many countries. Potential global dependence of the human race on a limited number of global food corporations is discussed, as is the increased risk of ecological disasters (such as the Irish Potato Famine (1845–1849)) resulting from the reduction of biological diversity due to the promotion of corporate sponsored monoculture farming.

The issue of incorporating a suicide gene into plant seeds is questioned, with concern being expressed about the potential for a widespread catastrophe affecting the food supply, should such a gene contaminate other plants in the wild. Legal stories reported by the film related how a number of farmers in North America have been sued by Monsanto; and the defendant of the Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser case is interviewed.

The film was written and directed by Deborah Koons, produced by Catherine Butler and Deborah Koons, and premiered on 14 September 2005 at Film Forum in New York City to a full house. It has since been released on DVD in both NTSC and PAL formats.

 
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