Put Down What You're Eating

A new movie looks at our unhealthy appetite for Frankenfoods

Still, Garcia's sources are certainly credible, and her alarming message is vital. One of her experts, Ignacio Chapela, an assistant professor at Berkeley in ecosystem sciences, observes that "this is probably the largest biological experiment humanity has ever entered into." (In return, he has been attacked by the university and some of his scientific peers.) Most Americans standing in the grocery aisles probably aren't aware of that experiment. Yet it's hard to believe that any of them actually want a part in the GMO revolution. In a sign that the message is catching on, California's Mendocino County recently banned GMO farming in its environs.

Nonetheless, Garcia's doc is more unsettling than hopeful. It's easy to feel powerless next to the moneyed and connected Monsantos of the world. You may never look at an ear of corn the same way again. If you'd prefer a more upbeat way of saying the same thing, try this: The old-school produce at co-ops and farmers' markets looks even more appealing after you've seen The Future of Food.

The screening on Sunday, October 2 at 7:15pm will be followed by a panel discussion with Deborah Koons Garcia, director of The Future Of Food; Mark Ritchie, president of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) in Minnesota; and Ronnie Cummings, current national director of the Organic Consumers Association.

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