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The Future of Food (2004)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 30 May 2004 (USA)
THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

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Deborah Koons (as Deborah Garcia)

Writer:

Deborah Koons
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Benbrook Charles Benbrook ... Himself - Former Director, Board on Agriculture National Academy of Science (as Dr. Charles M. Benbrook)
Grace Booth Grace Booth ... Herself - Allergic to Genetically Modified Corn (archive footage)
George W. Bush ... Himself (archive footage)
Ignacio Chapela Ignacio Chapela ... Himself - Microbal Ecologist, University of California Berkeley
Exequiel Ezcurra Exequiel Ezcurra ... Himself - Director, National Institute of Ecology, Mexico
Louise Gale Louise Gale ... Herself - Greenpeace International
Dave Henson ... Himself - Founder, Program on Corporation, Law and Democracy
Andrew Kimbrell Andrew Kimbrell ... Himself - Executive Director, Center for Food Safety
Fred Kirschenmann Fred Kirschenmann ... Himself - Farmer and Director of The Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Marc Loiselle Marc Loiselle ... Himself - Farmer, Saskatchewan, Canada
Paul Muller Paul Muller ... Himself - Farmer
Rodney Nelson Rodney Nelson ... Himself - Farmer, North Dakota
Darrin Qualman Darrin Qualman ... Himself - National Farmers Union, Canada
Dan Quayle ... Himself - Vice President & Chair, Council on Competitiveness (archive footage)
Judith Redmond Judith Redmond ... Herself - Farmer
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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 about the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply. Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, 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 ... Written by Anonymous

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Documentary

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

30 May 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elfogyasztott jövő See more »

Filming Locations:

Oaxaca, Mexico

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,721, 18 September 2005

Gross USA:

$81,280

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$81,280
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Lily Films See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Flawed
26 May 2008 | by stenlisSee all my reviews

I really wanted to like this film. It deals with a topic of great importance and generally propagates ideas that I agree with - like the dangers of corporate behavior, the threat to biodiversity that GM products pose and the absurdity of patenting life.

So what's the problem? Let me sum it up:

  • most of the movie is comprised from old footage cuts accompanied by a rather dull commentary. Not very captivating.


  • the commentary is badly written. It's repetitive and often fails to make a point. For instance, it cites three methods for genetic modification of a cell. Dramatic music, the 'expert' says that the procedure is very invasive to the cell and that it mimics the behavior of a virus and... nothing more. I wanted to know what problems can arise from the treatment but there was no explanation. Is it really surprising that overwriting the DNA is 'invasive' to a cell? Yet, this treacherous 'invasivness' is mentioned several times through the film (with no additional information).


  • important information is left out. For example, the movie mentions the Supreme Court's decision on the Monsanto vs. Schmeisser trial but fails to mention the Court's reasoning that sheds a different light on the severity of the ruling. On top of it the court denied any compensation to Monsanto. This clearly didn't fit the film's agenda.


  • the choice of the talking heads is poor. When compared to the respectable lineup that producers of other documentaries were able to accumulate (e.g. The Corporation, The Power of Nightmares) I can only assume the creators of The Future of Food just didn't make their homework. Where are (ex)employees of the bioengineering companies, politicians that took part in creating the regulations for GM and where are the representatives of the regulatory government bodies?


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