In the early 90s the Agro-Chemicals-Multi Monsanto introduced genetically modified plants onto the market, which is the equivalent of an agricultural revolution for some that will solve all the world’s food problems. Others view these plants as an irrevocable destruction of bio-diversity on this planet that needs to be fiercely combated.
Árpád Pusztai and Ignacio Chapela have two things in common. They are distinguished scientists and their careers are in ruins. Both scientists choose to look at the phenomenon of genetic engineering. Both made important discoveries. Both of them are suffering the fate of those who criticise the powerful vested interests that now dominate big business and scientific research.
Statements made by scientists themselves prove that 95% of the research in the area of genetic engineering is paid by the industry. Only 5% of the research is independent. The big danger for freedom of science and our democracy is evident. Can the public – we all – still trust our scientists?
OMSJ knows nothing of this film, nor has investigated the issue of genetically-altered foods and how they affect our nutrition and environment. However, the retaliation against scientists who question the safety of genetically-produced foods is consistent with the retaliation endured by other scientists and reporters in other medical and scientific disciplines. We look forward to seeing this film.