CONTACT: BONNIE PRESTON
Dinner, Dessert, and a Film
Monsanto is one of the largest chemical companies in the world, and now controls 90% of the seeds sold in the United States. Like Europeans, you may not want to buy food containing Monsanto’s genetically modified foods, but unlike Europeans, you do not know what foods these are because we lack labeling laws that require that you be told. Does this matter? Make up your mind by watching the film The World According to Monsanto, directed by Marie-Monique Robin and originally released in France as Le Monde Selon Monsanto. The film is based on three years of investigation into how Monsanto came to dominate not just U.S. agriculture, but the world’s. It draws on interviews with scientists, representatives of the USFDA and EPA, civil society representatives, victims of Monsanto’s activities, lawyers and politicians.
The film is the culmination of a day of activities focused on GMO foods on Monday, June 6. From 12-2 pm, there will be information about GMO foods at the Blue Hill Co-op, where you can also sign a petition asking for labeling of those foods, and CAFO-raised meats, at the co-op. From 2:30-6 pm, there will be delicious GMO-free soup available at the Blue Hill Congregational Church, served to all comers by The Simmering Pot. From the church, it is a short walk to the Blue Hill Library, where there will be dessert from 6-6:30 pm and the film will be shown in the Howard Room at 6:30. Following the film, there will be discussion led by Bob St. Peter of Food for Maine’s Future. Events will wrap up at 9 pm.
All events are free and open to the public. Sponsors are Alliance for Democracy, The Simmering Pot, Blue Hill Co-op Community Market and Cafe, and Food for Maine’s Future.