The Future of Food: 2-Disc Educational Edition
The Future of Food: 2-Disc Educational Edition
The Future of Food: 2-Disc Educational Edition
Item#: FUT-973-D

Running Time: 88 minutes
Gr. 9-Adult
Deborah Koonz Garcia, Lily Films
Comprehensive DVD-ROM Curricula and Educational Supplements


"Highly recommended. Editor's Choice. Deborah Koons Garcia's invigorating, award-winning documentary is a wakeup call...backed by a wealth of research and in-depth interviews with scientists, consumer activists, farmers, and attorneys. [Plus] an excellent extras package for an eye-opening documentary."
- Video Librarian

"Highly recommended. The Future of Food is a scathing account of modern industrial agriculture practices (that) continues to hold an important place among other more recent North American-centric food exposé documentaries. It is more damning than Food, Inc and a bit broader in focus than King Corn."
- Educational Media Reviews Online

"'The Future of Food' is a tenacious work of journalism."
-The Boston Globe

"'The Future Of Food' is this century's version of Upton Sinclair's expose 'The Jungle'...."
-Dr. Russ Bianchi, Biochemist

"Garcia's handsomely produced film (is) a primer on the dangers of industrial farming... eye-opening... an effective clarion call."

“Must see... Documents how genetically engineered foods slipped into our supply."
-San Francisco Chronicle

“Quietly inflammatory. Unsettling.”
-Stephen Holden, New York Times

"An excellent overview of the key questions (about)... genetically modified foods... The Future of Food draws attention to critical questions about food production that need more public debate."
-Prof. Thomas J. Hoban


Best Documentary - DeadCenter Film Festival, OK
Best Documentary - Empire Film Festival, NY
Audience Award: Best Documentary - Ashland Independent Film Festival, OR
Human Rights Award - Taos Film Festival, NM
Honorable Mention - Ann Arbor Film Festival, MI



There is a revolution happening in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America – a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat, yet is little-known to most of us.

The Future of Food offers an in-depth exploration of several important developments in agriculture today including the diminishment of biodiversity, patenting of life, loss of family farms, consolidation of seed companies and the globalization of our food system. Using genetically engineered crops as a primary cause and result of these new developments, the film delves into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled the world’s grocery stores for the past decade.

From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, The Future of Food gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by new, patented GMO seeds. The film uses animation to explain the process of recombinant DNA technology which allows “genetic engineering”, the movement of DNA from one species to another. The legal foundations for, and consequences of, patenting life are explored in depth. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are presented as some of the reasons why many people are alarmed by the takeover of our food supply by corporations and their genetically engineered crops. The global battle over agricultural genetic engineering is as fierce now as ever.

Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and contrasting local trends with global realities, 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.

This 2-Disc Educational Edition DVD features many special features listed below, including a comprehensive, year-long college-level curriculum, tailored for use in a variety of course settings and durations. The curriculum was created by Dr. Joshua Muldavin who has over 25 years of experience with international fieldwork and teaching about food and agricultural issues.
View Summary of Curriculum

Disc 1: Documentary, Interviews and Curriculum
  • The full-length documentary with public performance rights
  • 2 additional interviews with scientists Dr. Michael Hansen and Dr. Arpad Pusztai
  • A detailed 100+ page college-level curriculum -- Food, Agriculture, Environment & Development -- by Dr. Joshua Muldavin, including short versions of the curriculum, suggested reading, group activities and class assignments, graphics and images for lectures.

Disc 2: Special Features
  • Michael Pollan on The Cost of Food
  • "The Happy Box" - A film about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) by Erica Filanc
  • "How to Save Seeds from Vegetables" - A film by Underwood Gardens
  • "Planting Seeds" - A film about School Farming programs
  • Excerpts from 4 films about farmers - "My Father's Garden," "Troublesome Creek," "Ripe for Change" and a film about Michael Ableman
  • Take Action Toolkit & web resources
  • GE Free recipes by Deborah Madison, Mollie Katzen