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The Video Project
GMOs & the Changing Face of Agriculture Series focuses on the spread of
genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in our global food supply. The four films investigate
the environmental, economic, and health consequences of this disturbing trend.
Genetic Time Bomb Genetic, 50 min.
Time Bomb is an excellent
introduction to the little-known topic of genetic diversity of
food crops. As high-yield hybrids replace traditional food crops
worldwide, thousands of heirloom plant species have become extinct.
Irreplaceable genetic material is being lost that may one day be
needed to ward off the effects of devastating pests, diseases,
Against the Grain - Biotechnology: The Corporate
Takeover of Your Food, 13 min.
Against the Grain shows the scope and scale
of the genetic engineering enterprise and how it threatens to destabilize
agriculture as we know it. Health issues range from the introduction
of novel gene products with potential allergenicity to the possibility
of alterations in plant chemistry, such as changes in estrogenic
activity in the soybean.
Food for Thought, 28 min.
Do you know that many
of the foods on our supermarket shelves-including most of the corn
and soy and canola products-are genetically engineered? Did you
know that scientists are crossing species that would never breed
in nature, such as tomatoes and fish, or toads and potatoes? How
do you feel about eating genetically altered food that actually
is a pesticide? None of these genetically engineered foods are
tested or labeled by the government, yet many of us are unknowingly
eating them every day.
Terminator Tomatoes, 6 min.
Terminator Tomatoes is a five-minute animated film about the dangers of biologically
altered seeds and produce. Shot on 35 mm color film, and
using stop-motion animation puppets and miniature sets, the film
tells the story of a small time farmer who gets too involved with
a chemical corporation's idea of a tomato. The purpose of the film
is to raise the public's awareness of genetically modified foods and to speculate
where this technology is headed.