The farming and food production in the world is increasingly dominated
by large biotechnology companies such as Monsanto, and large industrial
farms and food brokers.
With out them, we can already produce more than enough food to
feed the world, yet the need to maximize corporate profits has created
a system which leaves billions of people hungry.
In the name of efficiency, companies are pushing genetically-engineered
seeds and more pesticides, while squeezing out smaller, family farmers.
The alternative is to encourage and develop locally-grown, natural,
organic foods. Here are some people who are doing just that.
Katherine Webb, a head gardener at the Santa Fe Bar & Grill in Berkeley,
California. She talks about her work as a restaurant gardener
where the food she grows is eaten by the restaurant customers.
Lynch runs a vegan meal delivery service business. What makes
his business innovative? He prepares organically-grown food free
of genetically engineered crops and delivers the meal on two wheels.
On a bicycle, that is. Listen...
thousands of years, farmers have been breeding plants for certain
traits. Higher yield wheat. Whiter rice. Sweeter strawberries. Smoother
tomatoes. Now there is a new way: insert a new bundle of genes into
a seed's DNA so that the resulting plant will have some feature
that the researchers want. Resistance to frost, or certain insects,
or a brand of herbicide produced by the researchers. Itís called
Genetically Engineered (GE) or Genetically Modified (GM food.) Read