Seeds of Freedom and Genetic Roulette Film Screenings & Discussion

Audubon Greenwich’s Winter Film Event:

Films about Food & Sustainability

“Seeds of Freedom & Genetic Roulette”

Discussion to Follow

Friday, April 12, 2013

6:00-9:00 pm

This event is being held in partnership with Slow Food Metro North and the Fairfield Green Food Guide.

The anti-GMO movement is strong and determined to retake control of the global food system and two films explain the issues at hand. ‘Seeds of Freedom’ charts the story of seed from diversity-rich farming systems to its transformation into a monopolized commodity. ‘Genetic Roulette’ exposes never-seen-before-evidence that points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to disease in people, pets, livestock, and lab animals eating genetically modified soybeans and corn.

Discussions to Follow:

Empowering Consumers to Choose Non-GMO: 15 minutes.

Consumers need a holistic framework, along with some simple tools, for determining which products are GMOs and which aren’t. Analiese Paik, founder of Fairfield Green Food Guide and a board member of Slow Food Metro North, will empower guests to identify and avoid GMOs while shopping and eating out. Includes Q&A.

Legislative Update: 15 minutes.

What are the prospects for passing a GMO labeling bill in CT? 50 other countries have federal labeling laws; why not the US? State Rep. Fred Camillo of Greenwich will inform us about the latest GMO bills introduced in CT, what the prospects are for passage, and how we can advocate for their passage. Includes Q&A.

Reception starts at 6:00 pm. $15/adult & $5/under 21. RSVP to Jeff at greenwichcenter@audubon.org or 203-869-5272 x239.

About the Films

Seeds of Freedom 30 minutes

Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world, promoted by the pro-GM lobby. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how corporate agenda has driven the take over of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the food global system.

Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and  Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty.  The pressure is growing to replace the diverse, nutritional, locally adapted and resilient seed crops which have been bred by small-scale farmers for millenia, by monocultures of GM seed.

Alongside speakers from indigenous farming communities, the film features global experts and activists Dr Vandana Shiva of Navdanya, Henk Hobbelink of GRAIN, Zac Goldsmith MP (UK Conservative party), Canadian farmer Percy Schmeiser, Kumi Naidoo of Greenpeace International, Gathuru Mburu of the African Biodiversity Network, Liz Hosken of The Gaia Foundation and Caroline Lucas MP (UK Green party).

This film is co-produced by  The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network. In collaboration with GRAIN, Navdanya International and MELCA Ethiopia.

Genetic Roulette  85 minutes

A film by Jeffrey M. Smith – Narrated by Lisa Oz

A production of the Institute for Responsible Technology

Jeffrey M. Smith, author of the world’s bestselling books on GMOs, Seeds of Deception, is a leading consumer advocate promoting healthier non-GMO choices.

Never-before-seen-evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.

Monsanto’s strong arm tactics, the FDA’s fraudulent policies, and how the USDA ignores a growing health emergency are also laid bare. This sometimes shocking film may change your diet, help you protect your family, and accelerate the consumer tipping point against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Don’t miss this film!

Reception starts at 6:00 pm. $15/adult & $5/under 21. RSVP to Jeff at greenwichcenter@audubon.org or 203-869-5272 x239.

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