This film starkly reveals the government's interest in controlling the lives of Americans by managing land use. It focuses on the plight of farmers in North America by highlighting the battle waged by one Canadian farmer against the deliberate contamination of his crops with genetically modified seeds. American farmers contribute to the story.
What appears as a fight against a single farmer by a multinational corporation, Monsanto, is really an all out assault, not just against farmers but individuals worldwide. Genetically modified seed crops are pervasive ingredients in the vast majority of food and beverages we consume and export. The larger issue, however, is the control of the use of land, which is a matter that crosses physical, ideological and other boundaries.
From the control of players in the industry, to encouraging the use of chemicals in food and crop production, to the conversion of vast amounts of land in native and sensitive forms in order to grow these commodities, it is evident that the government's interests in agriculture have ramifications beyond our borders. Corruption is apparent, not only in policies affecting agriculture, but the environment and commerce as well.
Of all the players in the business of farming in the United States, the federal government is by far the most powerful. Agricultural and environmental policy gives the federal government a huge interest in the use of land and the control of it's use. These policies also impact commerce, public health and transportation, since the same crops are used to fuel vehicles and bodies. It boils down to state control over the private lives of individuals in the United States and beyond.
Consider the link between corn crops and energy. Although farm subsidies began in 1930's, it was not until the energy crisis of the 1970's that the government began investing in biofuels by guaranteeing a market for ethanol, a type of alcohol made from corn. The role of biofuels was purported to be a means of reducing the nation's dependence on foreign oil. From that point forward, the federal government nurtured and supported the ethanol industry through billions in taxpayer subsidies and other props.
Opposition to ethanol grew on the grounds that federal intervention in this industry was rooted in corruption, whether from lobbyists, agribusiness, or others who gained at taxpayer expense. Today, the subsidies have taken on a new form under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), that guarantees a market for corn, ethanol and other biofuels by mandating their production, artificially increasing the price of these products, food prices and more.
The addition of ethanol to gasoline is illogical, as this fuel increases greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) as do other biofuels made from seeds. The ramifications of government intervention in corn, soy and wheat production are numerous, including immense regulation of and control over the cost of and ingredients in the foods we eat and the use of land. It makes no sense for the government to claim what they're advancing is in the name of environmental justice while simultaneously perpetrating an injustice of global proportions.
This important film will challenge your beliefs about agribusiness, the environment and more, and cause you to question what is taking place in the world today.
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Syndicado
- DVD Release Date: March 14, 2016
- Average Customer Review: 255 customer reviews
- ASIN: B01CX1AC5G
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,573 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)