One of the most trusted maxims in today’s world is the Latin phrase cui bono? In other words, who benefits? A more modern parsing is better understood as “follow the money.” And when one takes a deeper look into the money surrounding the new film Food Evolution, it’s clear from the get-go that the movie would in no way be an honest look at the myths and truths of the genetic modification of our food supply. The film got the green light, and its funding from the Institute for Food Technologists (IFT), a global consortium with a mission, according to Ift.org, to “advance the science of food and its application across the global food system.” The film grew out of IFT’s “Feeding Tomorrow” project, which is funded by a long and growing list of companies with ties to biotechnology and industrial agriculture.
As further evidence of IFT’s bias, the organization recently posted news about the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) reevaluation of nitrates. Apparently, the EFSA now believes nitrates intentionally added to meat is safe. Hmmm. In 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) stated that nitrates in meat may cause “potentially cancer-causing (carcinogenic) chemicals” to form, as reported by HSPH.org. In 2010, IFT was excited to feature Monsanto’s latest genetically engineered Soymega products at the IFT Annual Trend and Solution Tour.
Scott Hamilton Kennedy is the director of the film. According to FoodEvolutionMovie.com, Hamilton seems convinced that the IFT “wanted to bring to life a fact based public dialogue about the food system.” Additionally, the filmmakers claim, the movie is a “fully independent investigation into the topic of GMOs every step of the way.”
Okay, if that’s the case, how did the filmmakers come to the conclusion that “every major scientific institution and all the data and peer-reviewed science tells us, as a process, it is as safe, if not safer, than any other seed breeding technique available.[?]” Let’s return to our original supposition. Cui bono? There have been billions upon billions of dollars spent on this technology because it is said to be “safe.” But that’s all based on a lie.
In 1992 the man brought in to manage the GMO policy at the FDA was Michael Taylor, a former attorney for Monsanto. ResponsibleTechnology.org reports that Taylor squashed the concerns of FDA scientists who “warned that GM foods can create unpredictable, hard-to-detect side effects, including allergies, toxins, new diseases, and nutritional problems.” So, in deference to the billions to be made in biotechnology, the Taylor led FDA reported they had no “information that GM foods were substantially different from conventional food,” but there were not, nor have there ever been, any safety studies with humans. We have all been guinea pigs.
According to USRTK.org, the filmmaker’s make “no mention of the carcinogenicity of glyphosate,” which is odd, since “80-90% of GMO crops are genetically engineered to tolerate” this Monsanto chemical herbicide. In 2016, Newsweek reported that research had shown “glyphosate is an endocrine disruptor,” and, in 2015, the IARC found that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” In Food Evolution the director interviews Monsanto’s Robb Fraley, who says that all the research linking glyphosate to cancer is just “pseudoscience.”
Maybe Mr. Fraley, who is a cheerleader for the continuing deceit from Monsanto, should watch this video from the late Dr. Andres Carrasco, who was head of the Embryology Laboratory at the University of Buenos Aires. His groundbreaking research discovered low doses of glyphosate caused birth defects in chicken and frog embryos.
The makers of the film have also bought the lie about how GMOs are needed to feed the world. The entire film is a propaganda piece, with the voice of Neil deGrasse Tyson joining the GMO chorus along with the fake science that is represented by it.
“In the recently released clip of the movie Food Evolution, I was saddened to see my quote edited out of context in order to demonize me and the organic food movement. The film makers are attempting to make this about ’emotional moms versus science.’ The fact is that they’re scared because we’re winning with the truth and sound science behind us.” – Zen Honeycutt, founder of Moms Across America