By Spencer Ackerman
Saw it over the July 4 weekend. Maybe The Future Of Food — which you can watch on Hulu as you drift off to sleep and which covers much of the same territory as Robert Kenner’s new investigative film about the current state of wasteful, cartelized agribusiness — spoiled things for me, but it seemed like it told the story of genetically-modified foods really poorly, with too much assumed audience knowledge. The Future Of Food performs the valuable service of carefully explaining how it was that the Monsanto corporation managed to patent the tweaked genetic structure of corn and then, in a revolutionary move for agriculture, pursued legal action against farmers who saved their seeds or who had GM corn blow in from their neighbors’ farms.
If you read The Nation in high school in the mid-1990s like a loser you knew all that. But the purpose of the film is to galvanize viewers like An Inconvenient Truth did for the anti-climate-change movement. Can a film like Food Inc. accomplish that goal? (Also, about half an hour of the film felt like a Stonyfield ad, but now I’m piling on.)
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