Monsanto achieved in 1992 that the FDA approved genetically modified foods considering them to be "generally regarded as safe" (GRAS). This is total nonsense. In the first place, you cannot regard genetically modified food as "substantially equivalent" to natural food, for the simple reason that in nature the exchange of genes between different species is impossible. In the second place, genetically modified food IS dangerous. The scientific investigation of Dr. Arpad Pusztai on Monsanto-potatoes produced serious harm to rats. Since this study was financed by Monsanto, he got fired within hours. Genetically modified foods are prohibited in Europe and Japan. In the US, genetically modified foods are not fed to laboratory rats, but directly to the people. If you live in the US, YOU are the guinea pig. This film shows that this food can produce severe allergic reactions.
In the US, there were 0 acres with genetically modified crops in 1980, and they went to 100.000.000 acres in 2003, with soybean, corn, canola and cotton as the major crops. Tests are now being performed on the rest of the living community including fish, livestock, poultry, trees, etc.
Monsanto not only determines what consumers will put into their bodies in the US, since those foods are not labeled, but they also virtually took over all land where corn, canola, soybean and cotton is being produced. They even aggressively pursuit the family farmers who had a tradition of improving their seeds naturally, saving part of them for the next season. Some years ago, when we still lived in a world wherein justice prevailed, when a farmer had cattle, it was his duty to fence them in, in order to prevent them damaging the crops of his neighbors. Capitalism has gone so wild nowadays, and the power of the big corporations has increased so much, that corporations now change this ancient justice system in order to suit their needs. So we now arrived in a situation where inspectors of Monsanto are crossing the whole country to find genetically modified crops on land of farmers who are suffering from this cross pollination. Monsanto then accuses those farmers of the theft of their patent ! I hope I can live long enough to see one day, justice will prevail again, and Monsanto will be prosecuted for the genetic pollution of the farm land of the US and Canada, that is already affecting Mexico also.
This movie also shows that food engineering is not good for us. Genetic modification doesn't produce any nutritional value. Those foods are only good for Monsanto, so they can sell more Roundup. Now, they sell this technology as if "it will help feed the world". Nothing could be further from the truth. There is enough food in the world for everybody already, the point is that the hungry are too poor to buy food. On the other hand, Monsanto puts now a "terminator" gene into their seeds, so that seeds cannot be saved and used for a next harvest. The big question is : what's gone happen when all those "suicide genes" will cross pollinate with other crops around the world ? Will we then be feeding the world ?
The future of food is in our hands. When we buy organics, we don't take care only of our own health, we also show we care for the farmer and the future of the world - for the future of our children. It's up to you.