Tuesday, February 8, 2011
The Future of Food-The movie
Deborah Koons' documentary about the loss of diversity in food, really tells the story of food's past, present and future. Viewers learn why the potato famine hit Ireland so severely, but not Peru, which grew the same variety of potato, but also many others; and how the Supreme Court's decision to allow genes to be patented has had a tremendous, negative effect on the small farmers. Monsanto comes off as the evil corporate agribusiness, as well it should. Having infiltrated the federal government at the cabinet level with former executives in the positions of Secretary of Defense and Secretary of Secretary of Agriculture, Monsanto has put several small farmers out of business by discovering their own patented seeds in the the farmer's fields - seeds that blew into the fields without the farmers' knowledge or desire. Nevertheless, the courts have found in favor of Monsanto in several cases, even while acknowleding that the farmers could have done nothing to prevent the seeds from germinating in their fields. Interestingly, today I received this information about the deregulation of Monsanto's genetically modifided "Roundup Ready" alfalfa seeds. There are no laws which require the labeling of genetically modified foods in the United States.