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The Future of Food (2005)

Exequiel Ezcurra , Sara Maamouri , Deborah Koons Garcia  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Exequiel Ezcurra, Sara Maamouri, Percy Schmeiser, Andrew Kimbrell, Dr. Charles M. Benbrook
  • Directors: Deborah Koons Garcia
  • Format: Color, Letterboxed, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000V5IOWK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,725 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Future of Food" on IMDb

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This educational edition features a year-long college level curriculum that serves as a companion to Deborah Koons Garcia's documentary The Future of Food. It is based on Dr. Joshua Muldavin's lecture course entitled Food, Agriculture, Environment, and Development.

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93 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important information for everyone April 27, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Future of Food documents what is currently going on with the food supply in the US. Monsanto, a multinational corporation who was formerly in the pesticide business (agent orange, ddt) is now one of the biggest seed suppliers in the world. And not just any seed, it's genetically engineered for a number of purposes.

Monsanto has been suing farmers who have not bought seed from them but end up with it growing in their fields from no fault of their own. In one very well known case a farmer, Percy Schmeiser, was told by his neighbor that the neighbor's truck had a hole it's tarp and a lot of Monsanto's' 'round up ready' seed was dumped on his field. Monsanto tried to sue him (and many other farmers - google and you'll see links to many of the cases) and he spent his life savings fighting them. He just recently won his case after 10 years!

The film has wonderful and informative interviews with Andrew Kimbrell, director of the center for Food Safety, Fred Kirshenman, a well known sustainable farmer, and a number of experts and scientists who document first off how GE food was pushed on the American people with no disclosure and no testing as well as the devastating potential for destruction with messing with our food supply for profit.

There's a lot we can do. Support small farmers and farmers market's. Join a community supported agriculture program where you get a box of fresh from the field organic fruits and vegetables each week. We also need to demand labeling. Right now we don't know which foods we buy are genetically altered and which aren't. If our food is labeled we can make informed choices.

I highly recommend this film - it's important information for us all.
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94 of 99 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What America Eats - GMO January 28, 2008
Informative documentary about our food supply. Includes information about the Genetically Modified food industry, and farmers who try to resist GMO and get sued by corporations. A different DVD which shows the destructive nature of GMO / chemical farming on both the farmers and the soil, ...and shows an active solution taking place in India is "How to Save the World". Watch "The Future of Food" first, and then the enlightening "How to Save the World", for a incredible real world solution that is happening now. Both are entertaining and can educate you on what is really happening to food and farmers in the USA and other countries!
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72 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THAT'S IT!!! December 21, 2005
A MUST-SEE! Thank you to Ms Garcia! This is the VERY BEST, most informative and well-done documentary on the matter. The essential is summarized in one place: a DVD that is real easy to follow. It is quite comprehensive. Some very strong reports/interviews from well-known scientists, and testimonials from genuine farmers. Also all the animations are excellent. And the photography is in many places beautiful (especially the part filmed in Mexico). On the top of that, it is also the best documentary I've ever seen, flowing along an amazingly informative path. I highly recommend it for a) those who know about this matter, and b) those who don't know yet about it :~]
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5.0 out of 5 stars What are People Thinking? December 15, 2005
By Paul b
If you live in the US and eat food, you have to see this. If you are not familiar with GM(genetically modified) foods or do not intentionally avoid GM foods, you are probably consuming them. Soy, corn and canola are the main crops being manipulated by the "White Coats".

Deborah Garcia(widow of Jerry Garcia) shows what is going on in the Corporate agriculture world. There must come a point where man says "Haven't we screwed things up enough, is profit more important than what is right and just?"

The corruption that is engulfing the whole agriculture community is unreal. If grown properly and organically there should be no need for fertilizers and pesticides. If the soil is mineral rich than crops should grow unhindered. Read "One Straw Revolution" by Masanobu Fukoka, if you can get your hands on a copy. He explanes thoroughly how to grow crops naturally with as little human intervention as possible.

Thank you Ms Garcia for this enlightening documentary.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What happens when food is being "engineered" February 13, 2009
Monsanto achieved in 1992 that the FDA approved genetically modified foods considering them to be "generally regarded as safe" (GRAS). This is total nonsense. In the first place, you cannot regard genetically modified food as "substantially equivalent" to natural food, for the simple reason that in nature the exchange of genes between different species is impossible. In the second place, genetically modified food IS dangerous. The scientific investigation of Dr. Arpad Pusztai on Monsanto-potatoes produced serious harm to rats. Since this study was financed by Monsanto, he got fired within hours. Genetically modified foods are prohibited in Europe and Japan. In the US, genetically modified foods are not fed to laboratory rats, but directly to the people. If you live in the US, YOU are the guinea pig. This film shows that this food can produce severe allergic reactions.

In the US, there were 0 acres with genetically modified crops in 1980, and they went to 100.000.000 acres in 2003, with soybean, corn, canola and cotton as the major crops. Tests are now being performed on the rest of the living community including fish, livestock, poultry, trees, etc.

Monsanto not only determines what consumers will put into their bodies in the US, since those foods are not labeled, but they also virtually took over all land where corn, canola, soybean and cotton is being produced. They even aggressively pursuit the family farmers who had a tradition of improving their seeds naturally, saving part of them for the next season. Some years ago, when we still lived in a world wherein justice prevailed, when a farmer had cattle, it was his duty to fence them in, in order to prevent them damaging the crops of his neighbors.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yikes!
Yikes! everyone, you gotta see this.
Published 2 months ago by Jiminy Cricket
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor return process
This was a wonderful presentation on the horrors being done to our food supply... I had seen it on Netflix, but wanted to own my own copy. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Patti Padgett
5.0 out of 5 stars good for teaching
This film clearly documents the GMO labeling issue in a way that works for a classroom. Good for the teaching of rhetorical strategies.
Published 6 months ago by Cynthia King
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie, I would recommend it to anyone.
I would recommend this movie to anyone, I liked everything about it, The producers of this movie should have been the ones on stage winning awards. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Helen Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
A gift for a friend who loves to read about food. She said it was well written and informative. Arrived in a timely manner.
Published 8 months ago by Victoria Anderson
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull
This movie is dryer than a stale piece of toast; the narrator's monotone, flat affect began putting me to sleep after 20 minutes. Read more
Published 8 months ago by amyns
4.0 out of 5 stars Where does your food come from REALLY?
Definitely gets you thinking about where our food is coming from REALLY! I had to watch this for a class.
Published 10 months ago by Missy
5.0 out of 5 stars If you care about the world, your future and your children's future -...
Everyone needs to see this film if you care about what is happening in the world and to our food system. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Brian Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
great, informative documentary. this is an overlooked achievement for these types of documentaries.ahead of it's time for sure.
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Published 11 months ago by Jeffrey P Micchelli
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful documentary!
This documentary illuminates so many things that I would have never known. It is truly eye-opening. I would recommend it to every person in this country.
Published 11 months ago by Jennifer
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