Most of us have some awareness about the debate over genetically engineered food. But it's a good bet that far fewer people know how insidious...

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Most of us have some awareness about the debate over genetically engineered food. But it’s a good bet that far fewer people know how insidious these possibly dangerous man-made organisms have become as their invasion into the world’s food supply grows.

“The Future of Food” cares only about getting that message out, and it uses every propagandist trick in the book to drive it home. With its foreboding background music, relentlessly downbeat tone and gloom-and-doom hand-wringing over the way corporate greed is poisoning the globe, the movie’s suggestion is that it may already be too late.

Filmmaker Deborah Koons Garcia methodically — sometimes numbingly — lays out the scientific background of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in a detailed series of explanations and interviews.

After its mini history lesson, the movie starts to drill down on the effect of patented “Round Up Ready” crops. One case involves a Canadian farmer who cultivated his own canola seed for decades before encountering the ironfisted wrath of Monsanto.

When company trespassers discovered that some of Monsanto’s GMO canola seed had found its way onto the farmer’s land entirely by accident the company sued him for patent infringement.

Movie review

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2 stars

“The Future of Food,” a documentary directed by Deborah Koons Garcia. 89 minutes. Not rated; suitable for general audiences. Varsity.

The filmmaker and Craig Winters of The Campaign will attend tonight’s screenings.

Judgment was handed down in Monsanto’s favor, wiping out the farmer’s savings and generations of family investment. The outrage continues in other tales of farmers pitted against ever more sinister science perpetrated by unfeeling corporations.

The overbearing and completely one-sided nature of the information presented doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s not all true. There are plenty of scary, well-researched details that may make you want to put down that spoonful of corn flakes.

Still, it’s a little exasperating to hear the light and airy music kick in behind the organic growers’ David-like message of sustainable agriculture after more than an hour of the horror-movie soundtrack that accompanied depictions of such a malevolent Goliath.

“The Future of Food” carries an important warning that deserves heed. The problem is it will likely be preaching only to a duly incensed choir, which is its greatest pity.

Ted Fry:

tedfry@hotmail.com