Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The Future of Food to be shown in Cape Town

The Future of Food, an eye-popping documentary about the role of genetic engineering and industrial agriculture in modern food production, will be shown
at the Labia on Orange cinema in Cape Town on Sunday 20 August at 6pm, on Monday 21 August at 8:15pm and on Tuesday 22 August at 8:15pm.

The film chronicles a revolution that is happening in farm fields and on dinner tables around the world - a revolution that is transforming the very nature of the
food we eat.

This event is presented by The Labia and While You Were Sleeping, a Cape Town-based non-profit film collective committed to bringing progressive,
non-mainstream documentaries with important social and environmental messages to South African audiences.

The screenings on August 20, 21 and 22 will be followed by a facilitated audience discussion. Tickets are R20 and can be reserved by calling The Labia at
(021) 424 5927.

The Future of Food (www.thefutureoffood.com) offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabelled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

From the prairies of Saskatchewan, Canada to the fields of Oaxaca, Mexico, this film gives a voice to farmers whose lives and livelihoods have been negatively impacted by this new technology. The health implications, government policies and push towards globalisation are all part of the reason why many people around the globe are alarmed by the introduction of genetically altered crops into our food supply.

The Future of Food also explores alternatives to large-scale industrial agriculture, suggesting organic and sustainable agriculture as real solutions to the
growing crisis today. Shot on location in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, the film examines the complex web of market and political forces that are changing what we eat as huge multinational corporations seek to control the world's food system.

Far from being immune to this global threat, South Africa has seemingly opened its arms to genetically engineered crops both in field trials and on large-scale commercial farms. Do you know what's on your dinner plate tonight?

The Future of Food, first released in 2004, is directed by Deborah Koons Garcia and is a must-see for any South African concerned about the sustainability of our food supply, the state of our environment and the health of our nation's future generations.

Support and information about the South African alternative food movement is provided by SAFeAGE (the South African Freeze Alliance on Genetic Engineering), Biowatch, an anti-GM lobby organisation and The Ethical Co-op, a cooperative that offers a wide range of organic food and products in Cape Town.

Reserving tickets is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment.



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