Learn about genetically engineered foods with a double feature movie night! Join a panel discussion in between the films with local leaders on the Yes on 37 campaign regarding the efforts to label GMOs and how you can get involved. Stay for one film or watch them both! Donations are never required but always appreciated!
Easy parking around the back of the building or on the street. For questions, please contact: SFPeninsulaLabelGMOs [at] gmail.com
6:30 - The Future of Food showing
8:00 - Followup discussion and break
8:30 - Bitter Seeds showing
The Future of Food, Deborah Koons Garcia’s documentary, distills the complex technology and key regulatory, legal, ethical, environmental and consumer issues surrounding the changes happening in the food system today -- genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food -- into terms the average person can easily understand with unprecedented clarity. It empowers consumers to realize the consequences of their food choices on our future. While genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are sprouting up throughout our food supply, government and agribusiness are like foxes guarding the hen house - promoting more GMOs while completely ignoring the potential risks. This is a powerful and influential film on what has happened to our food supply. 88 minutes.
Bitter Seeds is the final film in Micha X. Peled’s Globalization Trilogy, following Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town and China Blue, winners of 18 international awards and screened in more than 100 film festivals. Following a U.S. complaint to the World Trade Organization, India had to open its doors to foreign seed companies. Within a few years, multinational corporations had taken over India’s seed market in a number of major crops. Now only much more expensive GM seeds are available at the shops, requiring India’s farmers to pay an annual royalty on top of additional fertilizers and insecticides. While large farms have prospered, the majority of farmers find it increasingly more difficult to make a living off their land. Like most of his neighbors, cotton-farmer Ram Krishna must borrow heavily in order to afford the mounting costs of modern farming. Required by a money-lender to put up his land as collateral, he gambles on everything he has. Manjusha, a college student, is determined to become a journalist and tell the world about the farmers’ predicament – her father was one of the suicide victims. Bitter Seeds follows a season in a village at the epicenter of the crisis, from sowing to harvest. 88 minutes.