Have you seen “The Future of Food”? You can watch it at that link!
“The Future Of Food offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade.”
If you don’t know who Monsanto is, or you’re not convinced of how slimy they are, and you don’t understand what all the fuss is about related to genetically engineered foods, you’ll have to watch this movie, at least part of it. (You can always keep track of where you stopped and start back up later.) Be prepared to become very angry, though…
Labeling is the key way we can trace the health effects of genetically modified foods, and the key way we can get these corporations liable for these health effects.
(Of course, they are fighting labeling with everything they’ve got, even though in many other countries GMO foods are required to be labeled!)
“After two and a half weeks of trial, the judge said it didn’t matter how Monsanto’s genetically altered canola got into my field, whether it cross-pollinated or if it blew in by the wind, by birds, bees, animals or falling off a farmers truck or combine, it didn’t matter. Because there were some plants there, I still violated Monsanto’s patent, whether I wanted it in my field or not.
Number two, which is the most important one I think, he ruled any farmer that has a regular conventional plant, it doesn’t matter what kind of plant, if it’s a tree, if it’s a seed, and it gets cross-pollinated with Monsanto’s gene against your wishes and destroys your property, my plant is Monsanto’s property. Now stop and think what that means to farmers all over the world. Farmers, Gardeners, anything to do with a life-giving form.
The third issue he ruled: the fact that I never used Monsanto’s patent, which means I never used Monsanto’s round-up ready herbicide or glycopep on my crop, he ruled ‘that’s immaterial’. He said ‘the fact was, that there were some plants there’. So that shows you the power of patent law over farmer’s rights.” Percy Schmeiser (A farmer sued by Monsanto)
Go check out this movie and become more informed!
Stephanie, did you try googling?
Darla, I know! Makes ya want to DO something, though, eh? (Tell the world!) So that’s a good thing. 🙂
I know I’m late to the movie-party on this one but DANG that movie made me mad.
Unfortunatly for me this link isn’t available in Canada. Anybody know where else you can view this movie??
Pavil the Uber Noob says
It might be time to revisit patent laws with respect to ‘enhancing’ nature.
Ann Marie, did you click on the link just under the newspaper picture up in the post, where it says, “The Future of Food”? You should be able to watch it for free there.
If you have an ad-blocker on, it may be knocking out the links, so you can’t see them.
Let me know.
AnnMarie Deis says
I want to know where I can find the movie. Is it attached to this post? If so, I cannot view it. 🙁 I used to work for a patent law firm, and some of the products that were patented were just so scary. I obviously cannot discuss them in detail, but let’s just say that there were several clients who patented herbicides/pesticides/fungicides, and others who patented “foodstuff.” I did, however, see several clients who were trademarking vitamin-mineral-enzyme formulations, so all is not bad. I seriously think our government is out of control — much the way that the government in England was out of control when our founding fathers emigrated to this side of the pond. I’m idealistic beyond belief, and I just cannot FATHOM that something like what is transcribed above could happen to someone living in the “greatest country in the world.” HA!
Can I find the movie somewhere?
LN & Karen, thanks for the update!!!
I still haven’t made it through the “future of food” even though I own it- it made me that mad! I will have to force myself to watch and make sure there are no heavy objects around. Just in case I’m inclined to throw something at the TV…..
This is one of the most frightening and compelling films I’ve ever seen. To think it was made over three years ago and the ‘goliaths’ still keep dominating our food source – discreetly and otherwise – at the expense of the small, honest farmer.
There was a tiny victory for Percy Schmeiser last year:
All the more reason to read food labels and support your farmers’ markets!
Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen says
We screened that film for our farmers market film series last year and we plan to screen Fresh and King Corn this year. Great flick and very eye-opening.
Jenny @ Nourished Kitchen
Local Nourishment says
The story has a VERY happy ending:
In an out of court settlement finalized on March 19, 2008, Percy Schmeiser has settled his lawsuit with Monsanto. Monsanto has agreed to pay all the clean-up costs of the Roundup Ready canola that contaminated Schmeiser’s fields. Also part of the agreement was that there was no gag-order on the settlement and that Monsanto could be sued again if further contamination occurred. Schmeiser believes this precedent setting agreement ensures that farmers will be entitled to reimbursement when their fields become contaminated with unwanted Roundup Ready canola or any other unwanted GMO plants.
Quoted from https://www.percyschmeiser.com/
The bad grammar was in the movie – who knows if that’s exactly the judge’s words, but I wrote the words just as I heard them. I did fix one word that was bugging me, too, though!
At the end of this movie it said that Monsanto dropped the case in 2002 (I believe that was the year), but the farmer can’t discuss the settlement…
That article is really, really scary. Who was the judge? The judge not only has poor judgments, but poor grammar. I would guess the judge gets some payoff from Monsanto? I can’t bear this kind of unrighteousness. Seems to me the farmer should be winning a suit against Monsanto for corrupting his God-created crop….