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The Future of Food

The Future of Food (2004)

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Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 4

The Future of Food is a one-sided, but revelatory documentary about the dangers of genetically modified food.

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

The Future of Food is a one-sided, but revelatory documentary about the dangers of genetically modified food.

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Farming was once one of the most common professions in America, but now the growing of food for America's dinner tables is primarily in the hands of a small number of large agricultural corporations. With deregulations placing less federal scrutiny on how crops are grown, and an increasing number of "agri-business" firms introducing genetically modified vegetables and grains, some experts have begun to question just what we are eating, and how it got that way. At a time when some firms have

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The Future of Food carries an important warning that deserves heed. The problem is it will likely be preaching only to a duly incensed choir, which is its greatest pity.

November 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Garcia subscribes to the simplistic and patronizing theories that consumers are hapless victims, force-fed things they don't want by conniving corporations and conspiratorial governments.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Denver Post | Comments (2)
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Until it gives in to its activist urges, The Future of Food is a tenacious work of journalism.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Garcia, the widow of Grateful Dead star Jerry Garcia, has taken a complex subject and made it digestible for anyone who cares about what they put into their stomachs.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A powerful, if one-sided, attack on the GM food industry.

September 27, 2005
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Plain wrap filmmaking that's single minded, capped with a pitch for organic eating that's much too weak.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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With alarming and concise analysis, it highlights the way traditional farming in the US has become a corporate-controlled, less diversified business with global repercussions.

March 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmjourney

An important film that hits Americans right in the breadbasket.

October 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Brilliant critique of Frankenfood

October 9, 2005 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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A brave and vital document.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

A parade of talking heads making doomsday prophesies.

September 29, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Despite its shortcomings, it's an effective clarion call that will no doubt stir audiences to action, even if it doesn't quite prepare them for the important battle ahead.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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There's plenty to reflect on in this important documentary.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Fascinating and content rich, The Future of Food is a technical delight that draws you in with the fear that nature may be changed forever.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

Makes a potent enough case to alarm anyone who eats.

September 14, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com
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Audience Reviews for The Future of Food

The Future of Food is a documentary which focuses on growing concerns over how our crops are produced, and how science is altering the foods we eat.

Interesting documentary. To me it was a little boring and tedious because of so many excruciating facts and evidence including scientific which clearly were important in this film but nevertheless a good documentary. No matter what everyone is affected by crop growing in all it's aspects and should in some way acknowledge the facts portrayed in this film and become aware. With deregulation's placing less federal scrutiny on how crops are grown, and an increasing number of "angri-business" firms introducing genetically modified vegetables and grains, some experts have begun to question just what we are eating, and how it got that way. Enjoy!

THE FUTURE OF FOOD offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalization are all part of the reason why many people are alarmed about the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply. Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, The Future of Food examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world's food system. The film also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, placing organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the farm crisis today. The Future of Food reveals that there is a revolution going on in the farm fields and on the dinner tables of America, a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the food we eat.
June 24, 2011
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An excellent companion piece to the widely recognised Food, Inc. The Future of Food focuses more on the scientific breakthroughs of the last 20 years. It shows how the genetically modified seeds have crossed with those that are harvested by farmers that wish to have no part in this corporate game. These farmers are not to be sued for having patented crops they never wanted in the first place. It's a rich and complex issue, as the dream of cheap and healthy food for all has evolved into a sickening game of chase the cash. Yet another damning of the capitalist nature of America, it preaches for a more simplified world or organic farming. Heavy on the science and low on the sentiment, this is an educational documentary that opens the eyes.
March 15, 2010
kiriyamakazou

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Unfortunately, this documentary paints too many topics with one brush... redeemingly, though, it occasionaly sheds some interesting if brief light on some of the true nuances of its subject.

The latter (genetic food labeling, farm subsidy analysis, etc.) was overshadowed by a moralizing "corporations bad, genetic engineering bad, families good" generalization.
If the film took the same nuanced approach to genetic engineering (perhaps separating the technology from the corporate megaliths which control its usage) and perhaps has a bit more variety in it's interviews, it could have been amazing.

Sadly, much of this topic was covered better, briefer, and with greater context in "The Corporation"... yet, for anyone with a passing interest in the subject, this movie is well worth your time.
March 15, 2008
dhetteix

Super Reviewer

A great documentary showing how corporations are only out to make a buck. I feel bad for the conservatives that have faith in the government to protect us from evil.
December 9, 2007
Godless

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