There is a 50-50 chance that the pork chop in our plates comes from an animal fed with GM soya. Why do no breeders, stores or importers of animal feed accept to say something? What are they frightened of? A new food scandal? In the livestock farms of Denmark, hundreds of animals are dying of gastric diseases with unknown causes. There, animals are given 100% GM feed. Some farmers question the GM combination of GM soya and glyphosate herbicide. How has GM agriculture conquered almost the entire planet? The US government has literally served the GM industry, exerting friendly or more vigorous pressure to ensure that GMOs are adopted everywhere. Only France and a few European countries are still resisting somewhat. How long can this resistance hold out? The negotiations on the TTIP-TAFTA could question the precautionary approach and compel us to adopt GMOs. Please note the full version of this film is not available in Switzerland.
GMOs started to take over agriculture fifteen years ago. Despite opposition, transgenic agriculture is now commonplace. I wanted to leave behind the laboratory quarrels and go up the entire chain, to understand how GMOs have changed the world and how they succeeded in establishing themselves so implacably.
Why we selected this film
This enlightening report was made to the highest standard in France, Argentina and Denmark. It shows us that in intensive agriculture no thresholds are respected, in terms of health and soil conservation. Animals and humans have been poisoned for years by Monsanto’s famous Roundup, while the company continues to proclaim that its product is harmless. This does not seem to be alarming our governments. The overly-powerful lobbies have created a ticking health timebomb …
- Festival de Films Pour l’Environnement (FFPE) - Saint-Casimir, Canada : Prix du film étranger et Prix du public - Festival International d’environnement PLANETA.doc - Brésil : Primé dans la catégorie PLANETA.doc International - FICA 2015 : Meilleure oeuvre - Trophée Cora Coralina Festival européen DIG awards 2015 - Riccione, Italie : Mention spéciale/Premio COOP - FIGRA 2015 : Prix de l’investigation SCAM et Prix du Jury jeunes
(Fr) Sources et liens utiles
Choose eco-friendly foods
(for example products carrying the “organic” label). The more organic farming gains in popularity and volume, the less greenhouse gases we’ll emit. For instance, pesticides, nitrogen based fertilizers and GMOs can’t be used.
To learn more: greenpeace.fr/agriculture-ecologique/
Have the Amap (Associations to maintain family farming) reflex
These associations maintain a direct link between farmers and consumers.
By subscribing to Amap, the buyer chooses the frequency and quantity of fruits and vegetables they need/wish, then comes to pick them up on a regular basis at one of the network’s POPs.
To find an Amap close to you: www.reseau-amap.org
Ban all chemical fertilizers
Many chemical fertilizers contain heavy metals, such as lead, mercury or cadmium. When transmitted through the soil to vegetables, they contaminate the entire food chain. Avoid them at all costs!
Pesticides and insecticides contaminate soil and groundwater via rain runoff.
Their production also consumes large amounts of energy. As these products are dangerous even for the farmers that use them (who risk accidental inhalation or ingestion), their packaging becomes dangerous waste that requires costly and complicated disposal.
There are many natural alternatives.
Consuming locally produced food reduces the number of intermediaries, shortens highly polluting transportation and contributes greatly to reinforce the economic vitality of our regions.
To learn more: bioetlocalcestlideal.org
Eat seasonal products
When buying seasonal fruits and vegetables that were not greenhouse-raised, you help in diminishing the energy used in growing them, therefore you’re helping to lessen the impact of farming on the climate.
Download the Greenpeace seasonal fruit, vegetable and cereal calendar: