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  • Summary: This documentary offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled U.S. grocery store shelves for the past decade. (Lily Films)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. One of 2005's must-see documentaries.
  2. 75
    Enlightening documentary.
  3. Garcia's somber narration is a turnoff, but this plucky little diatribe gets you thinking about the larger implications facing future generations.
  4. 70
    I tend to approach green documentaries with all the enthusiasm of an unemployed logger, but this hard-charging digital video about genetically modified organisms kept me on the edge of my seat with its lucid exposition and frontal assault on Monsanto.
  5. 70
    Garcia's far-more-info-than-tainment style seems a little staid, but Future Of Food's clear, intelligent journalism and rich cinematography help take the edges off the immense brick of data Garcia lobs through the window of America's biotech industry.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    60
    Despite its shortcomings, it's an effective clarion call that will no doubt stir audiences to action, even if it doesn't quite prepare them for the important battle ahead.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    50
    Genetically-modified (or GM) fruits and vegetables are a topic of raging debate in scientific and ecological circles, so it's a shame writer-director Deborah Koons Garcia opts to show only one side of the argument.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. NicoleV.
    Nov 16, 2005
    10
    A must see for anyone who eats food and cares about what they eat. If you know to buy organic or Non GMO foods, this doc will NOT scare you into not eating, just to be a bit more cautious. They present many facts that get you thinking about how GMO foods may affect the future. One in particular is the US gov't patent on the suicide gene- that is something we should all know about to make sure it is NOT used. Hopefully nobody sees this doc to be entertained as it is meant to enlighten us, though it definitely keeps you captivated! Ignorance is bliss until the truth comes crashing down on you. It is time now we are informed about the hidden aspects of our country. GMO definitely falls under that category. Expand
  2. MaxP
    Nov 9, 2005
    10
    Scary S**T! I am afraid to eat anything. This is a great and scary look into our food system and the corporations who are getting way too much control into our food. Expand
  3. JimG
    Jan 7, 2006
    4
    Seemingly informative film killed by lifeless droning narration. Not clear what the counterpoint is to the film's asssertions as seems to be no effort to present opposing views. Not sure what people saw in this film. Expand
  4. DavidP.
    Sep 21, 2005
    2
    Although Garcia and the crew had plenty of access to proponents of GM crops and honest brokers in the scientific community, they chose to ignore them and their expertise and present a one sided and distorted diatribe about not just GM but modern agriculture -- including the Green Revolution that kept hundreds of millions from dying of starvation in India/Pakistan. Meanwhile, hundreds of millions in Africa are using Garcia's advice to go organic (they have no resources to buy inputs) and they are going hungry and starving. Many of the "facts" be it about allergic reactions to Starlink Bt corn (the woman who claimed the reaction in the film was later proven to be making false claims) or about the effects of GMO corn on Oaxacan farmers are simply lies. On the other hand, if you want to know about large corporate activity in the seed and GMO sphere from a balanced and informed perspective, pick up the books Lords of the Harvest (Charles) and Food Inc (Pringle). This movie may rally the anti-GM troops, but its full of half truths and inuendos, and downright falsehoods and so should not be considered authoritative in any sense of the term. Collapse