‘What’s With Wheat?’ Free Online Screening June 24-30

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against the Grain

Whats with WheatIs wheat really bad for us, and why does it cause so many different health problems? I first answered those questions in Going Against the Grain in 2002 and have written about those topics many times since then. But soon you can learn by watching the film documentary, What’s With Wheat? Mark your calendar and watch it for free by registering for the free 7-day global online screening available between June 24-30th.

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A statement about GMOs from U.S. Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva, representing Arizona’s 3rd district

This statement was read before the premiere showing of the GMO-related suspenseful thriller Consumed at The Loft Cinema in Tucson on April 12, 2016.

Thank you for holding this important event to bring to light some very disturbing realities around Genetically Modified Organisms.

Genetically Modified Organisms raise significant concerns right here in Arizona and around the United States.  An escalating reliance on GMOs has coincided with increased use of toxic chemicals in farming, threatening the integrity of our environment and our food, and posing growing risks to farm workers.

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Non-GMO Food & Film
Community Event is this Tuesday!

by Melissa Diane Smith, author of Going Against GMOs

NonGMO Food and Film event memeJust a quick reminder: This Tuesday evening, April 12th, at The Loft Cinema is the not-to-be-missed, non-GMO food and film community event of the year in Tucson!

It starts at 6:00 p.m. with a Non-GMO Information & Food Fair in the patio: You can buy a non-GMO dinner from a food truck, do some farmer’s market shopping for fresh produce (don’t forget to bring a cooler!), and purchase non-GMO skin care products, snacks, desserts and a personally autographed copy of Going Against GMOs from local vendors at the fair.

That’s followed by the premiere screening in Tucson of Consumed, the first dramatic thriller feature film set in the world of GMOs at 7:30 p.m.

After the movie, farmer Anne Loftfield of High Energy Agriculture and Renee Kreager, owner and operator of Renee’s Organic Oven, will join me in a short post-film panel discussion covering effective ways to take action against GMOs. A written statement from Congressman Raul Grijalva (D) also will be read.

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Start 2012 with 2 Short Films about Genetically Modified Foods

Are you starting 2012 off not knowing the basics about genetically modified foods and the health risks associated with them? If so and if you live in Tucson, there’s an easy way to remedy that situation: Attend a couple of short movies.

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‘Food, Inc.’ Focuses on the Needfor Food Independence

Just a week before we heard about more food recalls and the continuing obesity crisis, the documentary “Food, Inc.” opened in the United States, warning us of those hazards and more from our current industrialized food system. The movie is now showing in select cities across the country. Readers of this blog already are in the know about many problems in our commercial food supply, but director Robert Kenner wanted to make a film that brought the subject to people who haven’t thought about the food they are eating and what we all can do about it.

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“Supersize Me” and “McLibel” – More Movies that Go Against the Grain

Many people like to read nutrition information that motivates them to eat better, but they also like to learn information through watching movies. As one client said to me, “Being able to both read information and watch it works really well together, helping to reinforce why we all need to ‘go against the grain’ with our diet for improved health.”

In my previous post, I wrote about “King Corn”, a documentary that explains how cheap corn ends up in most commercial American foods and plays a major role in our widespread and widening health problems. But two other documentary movies to watch are “SuperSize Me” and “McLibel”.

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“King Corn”: A Must-See Movie

king kornIf you rent just one movie to watch at home this year, make sure it’s “King Corn”. Better yet, buy yourself a copy, so you can watch it every so often and remind yourself of the messes that have been created in our farming practices, our system of raising animals for meat, our own health and the health of the environment — all because of growing outrageous amounts of corn.

“King Corn” documents the experience of two idealistic college graduates who decide to grow an acre of corn in Iowa. Viewers follow them through the whole process — government subsidies, genetically engineered seed, and pesticides that kill everything but the genetically engineered corn. Viewers then learn how the surplus of corn seeps into our foods in many ways, and what all that corn does to us, to animals, to the environment, and to small farmers who can’t compete with big industrialized food corporations.

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