There are currently over 786 million hungry people on planet Earth. And while few would deny that world hunger is one of the most important issues facing mankind today, if the solution is left to companies like Monsanto, Aventis, Dow, and DuPont, we may face even greater challenges to the security of our global ecosystem.
With the second Green Revolution well under way, the world’s food supply is slowly being transformed by a radically improvised agricultural paradigm. Genetically engineered crops have been introduced into the market without the rigorous testing that many scientists feel is required. The history is instructive:
In 1986, U.S. biotech companies began testing the first genetically engineered food products. In 1993, the FDA declared that GM food was “not inherently dangerous,” which gave a green light to biotech corporations who had been developing GM seeds. One year later, the first GM food product, Flavr Savr tomato, was released to enthusiastic U.S. consumers.
But in Europe, GM food did not win such easy converts. Groups like Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth protested the new “Frankenfoods,” galvanizing public outrage and the eventual policy mandate requiring all modified produce to be clearly labelled.
Despite the highly publicized battle over genetically engineered food, many people are still unaware that many of the products they consume on a daily basis are GM. In Contaminated, Fritjof Capra, Paul Hawken and Vandana Shiva explain the evolution of the new biotech agribusiness and its potential dangers to the sustainability of the global food supply.
Directed / Produced by: Josh Shore
Co-produced by: Anthony Lappé
Edited by: Meghan Eckman
Brought to my attention by the ever-provocative Guerrilla News Network (GNN), Contaminated – the new science of food details the growth of GM foods, the handful of powerful agrochemical companies behind them, and their growing targeting of developing nations.
As the consumers of developed nations continue to fight against genetically modified foods, the companies fueling GM uptake switch their focus to the developing world as a fresh source of revenue.
The results could be devastating, with the very real possibility that these unpredictable crops could fail on a massive scale at any point, leaving millions without food. And that is before you consider the recent research findings that say that GM crops can cause cancer and a host of other harmful effects.
Scientists Fritjof Capra and Vandana Shiva are joined by environmentalist Paul Hawken in this seven-minute exposé of the new science of food that is not only threatening our health, but our ongoing existence as a species.
The video is followed by a full text English transcript.