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Big Business in Little Seeds: Industry (02:14)


The GMO industry provides three arguments for genetically modified plants. Over 75% of the population rejects genetically modified foods. In this documentary, the film makers test these claims.

GMO Soy Farm (03:43)

Initially, Doug Doollittle sprayed glyphosate on his crops to kill the weeds; water hemp became resistant to the pesticide. Mike Owen examines the weeds on Doolittle's farm. He explains that 60% of the GMO farms across the state experience the same issue.

United States Lobbies (04:10)

Using American Embassies, the U.S. pushed for GMO approval in Europe. A paper is discusses how to gain UK, French, and German support for GMO foods. In Brussels, Europabio confirms that while they did not create the paper, it was written with cooperation of an employee.

GMO Cotton (02:39)

The E.U. decides that every member can opt out of growing GMO crops if it chooses, creating a package deal. Europabio explains how many GMO's are imported into Europe daily.

Pesticides in Argentina (04:03)

Almost all pesticides are sprayed by plane; pilots do not stop spraying over the villages. Rural areas have a huge increase in health issues since GMO crops were introduced. Most people would like to move away, but can't afford it.

Are Pesticides Poisonous? (02:34)

Marcello and Oscar Henderson believe the pesticides are harmless, but have noticed an increase in cancer cases in the village. Andrea Closter thinks the pesticides may have contaminated the water supply.

Safe for Villagers? (02:07)

At Rosario, a scientist discovered an increase in victim's thyroid levels increased, allergies, respiratory diseases, and cancer in areas where pesticide spraying occurred. Monsanto says there is no correlation.

GMO Studies (02:52)

Wolfgang Kuhler had difficulty finding reliable information when he was head of GM technology for the German Ministry of Food and Agriculture. In Switzerland, Anjelika Hilbeck studies the effect of GMO crops on ladybugs.

Potential Conflict of Interest (00:54)

Harald Ebner states that the GM industry provided all the studies for the approval process; they did not study long-term effects. A EuropaBio representatives counters the claim.

Dupont Aborted a Negative Study (04:31)

Kuhler does not trust the industry; scientists cannot perform research without private funding. Opposing GMO's would mean never receiving a grant. In Brazil, corn and cotton suffer from a massive caterpillar plague.

Selling Seeds and Pesticides (02:17)

Pesticide use in Brazil has increased from 8 liters to 14 liters per hectare. Studies show that health problems abound in areas where the pesticides are used. Bayer responds that it cannot control the way farmers use their pesticides.

Refusing GMO Food (02:52)

Europabio argues that farmers would not use their product if it didn't work, citing it is more expensive than regular feed. In Germany, GMO's must be labeled, but there are several exceptions.

Using GMO Feed (02:14)

Foodwatch wants McDonald's to publicly admit that it uses GMO feed. Professor Jack Heinemann states that U.S. agriculture with more pesticides and GMO's is less sustainable than European agriculture. Monsanto and DuPont refute Heinemann's claims.

Weed Testing (02:19)

Mike Owen tests herbicides and pesticides for effectiveness against the new strain of weed. He explains that he is not against the GMO industry, but believes that the agriculture community needs to diversify its pesticides or else risk production falling.

GMO Propaganda War (02:04)

Kuhler explains how GMO technology doesn't benefit the farmers or the consumers, but the patent holders. It allows a few companies to monopolize the global food production industry.

Credits: Big Business in Little Seeds — The Propaganda of Food (00:21)

Credits: Big Business in Little Seeds — The Propaganda of Food

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The genetic engineering lobby boasts their modified plants require fewer pesticides and result in higher yields, increasingly pressures politicians and governments, and wants to extend its network worldwide. This program provides an insight into the controversial campaigns of the genetic engineering lobby and shows the role that the goal of profit maximization across the entire value added chain is having.

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL115487

ISBN: 978-1-68272-962-5

Copyright date: ©2014

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