FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 11, 2012
Contact: MacKenzie Bailey, OEFFA Policy Coordinator, (614) 421-2022 Ext. 208, firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Movie Screening: The Future of Food
Movie and Discussion to Explore the Dangers of Genetically Engineered Foods
Who: The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association’s (OEFFA) Capital Chapter presents a free public screening of the movie, The Future of Food. This movie screening is sponsored by Edible Columbus, Slow Food Columbus, Sierra Club Central Ohio Group, Food and Water Watch, Global Gallery, Luna Burger, Just This Farm, and Gerry’s Garden.
What: The Future of Food examines the dangers of unlabeled genetically engineered (GE) foods and how they have quietly filled the shelves in American grocery stores. The documentary film by Deborah Koons Garcia was released in 2004 and features interviews with some of the world’s foremost GE experts and activists.
Genetic engineering (GE) refers to a set of technologies used to change the genetic make-up of cells to produce novel organisms that exhibit a desired trait, such as pesticide resistance. Promised higher yields, labor savings, and lower weed pressure, GE seeds have been widely adopted by U.S. farmers. Today, more than 80 percent of soybeans, corn, cotton, sugar beets, and canola grown in the U.S. contain Monsanto’s patented genes.
The event will start with a short presentation by Dr. Andrew McCall, an expert in plant ecology. Following the film, attendees will learn how to stay involved with local GE labeling efforts. Local vendors will have a selection of GE-free snacks available for sale.
This film screening is part of OEFFA’s campaign to require GE labeling that protects a consumers’ right to know what’s in their food. For more information about OEFFA’s policy work, go to http://policy.oeffa.org/gelabeling.
When: Sunday, September 23, 2012—2 p.m.
Where: Studio 35 Cinema and Drafthouse, 3055 Indianola Ave., Columbus, OH
The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 by farmers, gardeners, and conscientious eaters who committed to work together to create and promote a sustainable and healthful food and farming system. For more information, go to www.oeffa.org.