If the adage “You are what you eat” is true, then it follows that the public has the right to know what’s in the food we purchase. In a few days, California voters will have the opportunity to demand that right. Proposition 37, if passed, will require that all plant and animal food products containing GMOs (genetically modified organisms) be labeled as such. That is an important major step in the growing movement to stop the genetic engineering of food, but there is more to consider and more to do. The larger picture of GMOs’ spread across the world and their impact on our health and agriculture can be seen in author/consumer advocate Jeffrey M. Smith’s dramatic new documentary, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, this month’s Conscientious Projector feature on Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m. at The Armory Center for the Arts.
Smith’s exposé, narrated by Lisa Oz, presents wide-ranging scientific testimony and never-before-seen evidence of how far the biotech industry and GMOs have taken over global food production, contributed to an alarming rise in disease rates, persecuted uncooperative farmers and opposing organizations, and been aided by the utter failure of the Food & Drug Administration to fulfill its investigative and regulatory obligations. The film also points to encouraging efforts worldwide to restore dietary health and reclaim our natural food systems.
Mark Rice, co-host of Focus on Food on KPFK and founder of Pasadena Learning Gardens, will be joined by other local food activists in a community discussion following the film. The Armory is located at 145 N. Raymond Ave. in Old Pasadena. Admission is free and the facility is accessible to disabled persons.