Biodemocracy: Making a Difference
Catalogue Number: NFB527275
Producer: National Film Board of Canada
Producers: Dylan Penner, Charles Kassatly
Directors: Charles Kassatly
Producing Agencies: No One to Blame Productions (Toronto)
Subject: Agriculture, Business Studies, Documentary, Science, Social Issues, Social Studies, Tech/Voc
Country Of Origin: Canada
Copyright Year: 2002
Running Time: 38m 20s
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At the Metro Convention Centre in Toronto, the biotech industry is holding a conference, but the public isn't invited. Activists have organized an alternative gathering called Biojustice/Biodiversity to address the controversial issues surrounding bioengineering and GMOs.
"We're here to talk about the things they're not talking about," explains a member of the Council of Canadians. We also hear from experts from Greenpeace, Freedom For Animals, the Polaris Institute, the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate and Gene Action. Geneticist Dr. David Suzuki reveals the scope of the perilous experiment that began over five years ago. "GMOs are in the food stream," stresses Suzuki, "and we've never given our consent!"
Biodemocracy: Making a Difference is a compelling critique of the biotech industry and genetic engineering. It raises timely questions about how the science is being done, the lack of labelling, government funding and the lack of risk assessment. "We don't know the long-term effects," continues Suzuki. "It's far too early."
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