New Movie Explores Dangers of Agricultural Chemicals
Documenting the link between agricultural chemicals and disease
Scene from Genetically Modified Children
Cinema Libre Studio recently released Genetically Modified Children—documenting the link between agricultural chemicals and disease—on DVD and VOD, and at screening events throughout North America. The movie explores the health effects of certain Monsanto products on low-income tobacco farmers, who face skyrocketing cancer rates while their children face more devastating repercussions, including severe physical deformities and mental disabilities.
Choosing between poverty or poison, Latin American growers must use chemicals such as the herbicide Roundup, made by Monsanto, and the insecticide Confidor, made by Bayer, if they want to certify and sell their crops to Big Tobacco.
The film makes the case that as patent and regulatory laws continue to favor Monsanto and other chemical companies, the tobacco produced in Latin America makes its way into the hands and mouths of consumers worldwide in Philip Morris products, while the poisons used to harvest the crops contaminate the farmers’ blood and are modifying the human genome, creating “genetically modified children.”