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The Beautiful Truth

A film documentary by award-winning producer Steve Kroschel with Kroschel Films. This film highlights the link between health, diet, and environment, and features interviews with researchers and physicians in the fields of food additives, genetically engineered food, mercury and fluoride toxicity, and also the Gerson Therapy, which focuses on a highly successful alternative, non-toxic treatment of cancer and other diseases.

Food Matters

With nutritionally-depleted foods, chemical additives, genetically modified food, and our tendency to rely upon pharmaceutical drugs to treat what’s wrong with our malnourished bodies, it’s no wonder that modern society is getting sicker. Food Matters sets about uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide ‘sickness industry’ and gives people some scientifically verifiable solutions for curing disease naturally.

Islands at Risk: Genetic Engineering in Hawaii
Hawaii has been called the GE-testing capitol of the world with more than two thousand field tests of experimental GE crops in more than six thousand (undisclosed) locations. This video was produced for Earthjustice, a non-profit public interest law firm, by Na Maka o ka ’Aina (“The Eyes of the Land”), an independent video production team that focuses on the land and the people of Hawaii and the Pacific.

Roundup Ready Nation
"Ask your doctor" is the new American credo as we face a national epidemic of illness. It is time for America to see what Congress has done to our food in the interest of petrochemical prophets. For nearly a decade Americans have been denied the right to know what they're eating. Round Up Ready Nation is an Independent, documentary film by Pamela Drew and Billy Shell of Shellshock Productions. The film shows worldwide opposition and provides an overview of the legislation, politics, science and spin behind GE foods.

The Future of Food
This documentary explores the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, GE foods that have become part of the American diet for the past decade. Filmed on location in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, The Future of Food examines the market and political forces that have changed what we eat, while multinational corporations attempt to control the world’s food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture.

 

Advocacy Organizations

 

Alliance for Bio-Integrity
The Alliance for Bio-Integrity is a nonprofit, nonpolitical organization dedicated to the advancement of human and environmental health through sustainable and safe technologies. The Alliance’s initial project is to gain a rational and prudent policy on GE food. This entails educating the public about the unprecedented dangers to the environment and human health posed by the massive enterprise to genetically reprogram the world’s food supply; securing a scientifically sound system for safety-testing genetically altered foods; and securing a meaningful system of labeling in order to protect the right of consumers to avoid such foods.

Center for Food Safety
The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is a nonprofit public interest and environmental advocacy membership organization with the purpose of challenging harmful food production technologies and promoting sustainable alternatives. CFS combines multiple tools and strategies in pursuing its goals, including litigation and legal petitions for rulemaking, legal support for various sustainable agriculture and food safety constituencies, as well as public education, grassroots organizing, and media outreach.

Edmonds Institute
The Edmonds Institute is a nonprofit, public-interest organization committed to the health and sustainability of ecosystems and their inhabitants. The Institute focuses its efforts on understanding and sharing information about environmental, human rights and human health, and economic impacts of technology and intellectual property policies. This is a great place to find information about those who have moved through the “revolving door”—between corporations and the public agencies that regulate them.

Fritt Helsevalg (FHV) (webpage in English)

The Norwegian consumer health freedom organization, established in 1996, affiliated with Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) and member of National Health Federation (NHF). FHV works to promote the consumers' ''obvious" right to a complete health system, where alternative medicine is fully integrated in terms of availability, information and financial support – all for the benefit of the patient.  FHV is also strongly focused on the link between nutrition and health, including the threat from genetically modified food (GMOs). 

Click here for Fritt Helselvalg review of Shedding Light on Genetically Engineered Food.

Click here to see Fritt Helsevalg's blog.

Click here to see Fritt Helsevalg's GMO links page.

GM Watch

GM Watch has a global focus but developed as a news and research service founded in the UK to report on the growing concerns about genetic engineering.  It focuses on the use of hype, propaganda, and spin to promote this technology and on exposing the role played by corporate-friendly scientists, industry front groups, public relations companies, lobbyists, and political groups.

BanGMfood.org is a project established by GM Watch with guidance from scientists and other experts on genetic modification, food and farming.

Organic Consumers Association
Keep up with current food and science news. The OCA is a complete resource, a nonprofit public interest organization focusing on food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, fair trade, environmental sustainability, and other key topics.

 

Resources

 

Environmental Commons Seed and Plant Law Preemption
This tracker provides up-to-date information on state legislation that impacts local sustainable farming systems and community decision-making. In response to local governments passing policies to protect family farmers and community environmental health, some legislators allied with the biotechnology industry and the Farm Bureau and have introduced “preemption” bills aimed at prohibiting states and communities from banning GE food.

Environmental Working Group ’s Farm Subsidy Database
Environmental investigations are EWG’s specialty. Its team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers, and computer programmers focus on government data, legal documents, scientific studies, and its own laboratory tests to expose threats to public health and the environment and to find solutions.

Non-GMO Project
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to enabling the public to make informed choices regarding the consumption of GE food products, achieved through a third party Non-GMO Verification Program and through outreach and education programs.

Seed Savers Exchange
Seed Savers Exchange is a nonprofit organization that saves and shares heirloom seeds, forming a living legacy that can be passed down through generations. The organization is saving the world’s diverse garden heritage for future generations by building a network of people committed to collecting, conserving, and sharing heirloom seeds and plants, while educating people about the value of genetic and cultural diversity. None of the seeds have been genetically engineered.

 

Documents

 

The Real Breakthroughs in Agriculture in 2007 Were in Sustainable & Organic Farming Not Genetic Engineering (January 8, 2008) (Organic Consumers Association)
Does mention of allergen-free peanuts, salt-resistant wheat, beta-carotene rich sweet potatoes, virus-resistant cassavas make you think of GE crops? If so, you've missed the great unpublished story of 2007 - all the conventional/organic breakthroughs with exactly the problems (drought-resistance, salt-resistance, etc.) that GE proponents claim only GE can solve. While GE ''miracle'' stories win vast amounts of media time, the non-GE stories generally get minimal if any coverage in the popular media. Conventional/organic also bring with them none of the uncertainties that surround genetically engineered food.

Biotechnology: A Geneticist’s Perspective by Dr. David Suzuki
David T. Suzuki PhD, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. The author of 43 books, Suzuki is an internationally respected geneticist. He was a full professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 1969 until his retirement in 2001. He is professor emeritus with UBC's Sustainable Development Research Institute.

Citizens’ Petition seeking the withdrawal of Posilac (February 2007) (PDF)
See the 9-page citizens petition on behalf of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, the Organic Consumers Association, and Family Farm Defenders. The petition is based on scientific evidence of increased risk of cancer, particularly breast, colon, and prostate from the consumption of milk from cows injected with Posilac.

FDA Statement of Food Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties (1992) (PDF)
Read the 23-page document that lawmakers refer to regarding (non) regulation and (non) labeling of GE food.

Friends of the Earth International report: Who Benefits from GM Crops? (1996) (PDF)
This report analyzes the way GE crops have been introduced into our environment between 1996 and 2005. It describes how the rapid penetration of GM crops in a limited number of countries has largely been the result of the aggressive strategies of the biotech industry, particularly pushed by Monsanto, rather than the consequence of the benefits derived from the use of this technology. This publication is based on numerous reports from scientific technical bodies, industry, government, and civil society, and is illustrated by fully referenced national and regional case studies from every continent.

Industry Amendment to Farm Bill Will Undermine Local Authority to Regulate GMOs & Food Safety Press Release, Consumers Union (June 2007) (Organic Consumers Association)
Forty consumer, environmental, farmer and animal welfare groups announced their opposition to a sweeping provision in the 2007 Farm Bill that wipes out critical state and local authority to protect food safety, the environment, and humane animal treatment.

Organic Farming Can Feed the World, U-M Study Shows
Organic farming can yield up to three times as much food on individual farms in developing countries, as low-intensive methods on the same land—according to new findings from the University of Michigan, which refute the long-standing claim that organic farming methods cannot produce enough food to feed the global population.

Soil Association report: Seeds of Doubt (2002) (PDF)
This link to the Soil Association’s report is the first to reveal the serious widespread impacts of GE crops in North America on the food and farming industry, where three-quarters of the world’s GE food is grown. It is the most comprehensive review of the situation to be produced from a non-biotechnology industry perspective.

 

 

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