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What Did You Eat Today? Genetic Food, Rats With Cancer & Monsanto

It is likely that you have eaten today food which has been altered genetically, while scientists are not sure what effects this might have for your health.

According to a newly released controversial study by French Professor Gilles-Eric Séralini and his team, the world’s best-selling weed killer "Roundup" and a genetically modified maize resistant to it, NK603, cause tumors, multiple organ damage and lead to premature death. In the U.S. such GMO maize is legally in use and it has been also approved in the European Union, but seven countries, including Germany, are resisting its use. Its approval was largely based on clinical studies that were conducted in some cases only for a duration of 28 days and caused no health issues in the animals.

"Roundup" and the "Roundup"-resistant NK603 maize are both products of Monsanto, a controversial multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. In Monsanto’s own studies with similar parameters no ill effects were found, whereas Mr. Séralini’s team conducted the studies for a longer period of two years, and the animals developed horrendous tumors, including breast cancers larger than their heads. Monsanto’s studies, however, were the ones that permitted the genetically modified organisms to enter the markets in many parts of the world.

Monsanto has been criticized for its monopolistic strategies in the global food supply and for its policies of restricting replanting seed, forcing poor farmers to buy new seeds every year. In India, a wave of suicides among farmers was seen as partly following from the high seed prices that Monsanto charged and the failure of their branded crops. Yet, Monsanto claims that its "Roundup" and "Roundup-ready" products help guarantee a safe food supply for a world that demands ever more food.

Cinema for Peace is supporting a feature film related to these issues which will be shot this winter with an international cast. We can recommend to watch the following movies on this issue:
- FOOD, INC. explores modern-day food production in which huge corporations control what we eat and the effects of this to the general food safety. 
- SEEDS OF FREEDOM charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity-rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolize the global food system. 
- SEED WARRIORS, a Cinema for Peace Green Film Award Nominee in 2011, documents the seed vault in the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard that is supposed to guarantee biodiversity for future generations. The seed vault is an essential safeguard against a global monopoly of corporations like Monsanto that aim at full control of the food supply, starting from the seeds and crops. 
- THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.
- THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO documents the never before told story of misleading reports, collusion, pressure tactics and attempts at corruption that make up the history of this global corporation.
- WE FEED THE WORLD is a film about food and globalization, fishermen and farmers, long-distance lorry drivers and high-powered corporate executives, the flow of goods and cash flow – a film about scarcity amid plenty.

WATCH THE CINEMA FOR PEACE TRAILER OF THE WEEK:

Food, Inc." by Robert Kenner

Food, Inc.

"Seeds of Freedom" by Jess Phillimore

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"Seed Warriors" by Mirjam von Arx and Katharina von Flotow, Cinema for Peace Green Film Award Nominee 2011

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"The Future of Food" by Deborah Koons

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"The World According to Monsanto" by Marie-Monique Robin

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"We feed the World" by Erwin Wagenhofer

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