‘Well Fed’: Dutch documentary challenges rich countries’ anti-GMO views

| | April 10, 2018

A trip to Bangladesh with your friends might be a great idea, but that won’t be possible for everyone. But you can certainly sit with them and watch this film about how a pair of Dutch urbanites examine the issues surrounding GMOs.

The film is free to watch on Vimeo, and will take just an hour of your time.

The tale begins with an exploration of the objections that many well-fed Westerners have about genetically engineered foods. About how unnatural it is to mess with the genes in plants — and Hidde Boersma asks his friend if he’s ever seen a broccoli in the forest. That’s just one of the clever ways that Hidde (who has science training) illustrates some of the scientific concepts around the modifications of the foods we think of as “natural”.

The film does an excellent job of walking through the dubious objections and claims by the “Well Fed” about GMOs and illustrating why spreading them actually harms people who could benefit from biotechnology.

Two green thumbs up.

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10 thoughts on “‘Well Fed’: Dutch documentary challenges rich countries’ anti-GMO views”

  1. I saw people chatting about this last week but I didn’t have time to watch it. But wow–when I finally did, I was so impressed with the quality and the genuineness of it. Quite worth your time.

  2. This was a nice film. I’m a “layperson” as far as scientific knowledge or genetic engineering is concerned, but I cringed at the over-simplification and “spoon feeding” of things which really should be common knowledge. It is very sad that supposedly intelligent humans can be so totally brainwashed about the “evils” of genetic engineering that it is even necessary to make such a movie. Yes, it had to be made and it was enjoyable from start to finish. The scenes in Bangladesh were especially interesting. Too bad even the movie makers bought into the “big bad corporation” argument against genetic engineering. The fanaticism of the Food Nazis and the resultant over-regulation of genetic crops has created the situation in which only large corporations with lots of money for R&D and for negotiating regulatory approval can use the technology (the Bt gene used in the Bt Brinjal eggplants was licensed from Monsanto). Unfortunately, I suspect mass starvation and famine are seen as viable “natural” means of population control by many in the anti-GMO movement, so I don’t think the “feed the world” argument gets much traction with them.

    • I don’t think “feed the world” means much to people that claim all of our problems are due to overpopulation (which is at least partially true) as they see GE derived foods as a way of artificially keeping that population too big.

      I however view it differently. History continues to show that a middle class will eventually lead to women’s rights and a cultural shift to having less children. By making modern agricultural tools available to the poorest of the poor, that enables a modern agrarian culture that can educate it’s children and allow the women the right to work outside of the home. This leads to an emerging middle class which then leads to lower population numbers.

  3. I think the “all my friends think the same way” is a key phrase in why so many otherwise intelligent people decide that GMO’s are bad. If you surround yourself with people that think the same, you are in a bubble.

  4. I’m curious why brinjal (eggplant) is so popular in Bangladesh and India, especially since it’s so susceptible to pests. I can understand that it may have culinary and cultural value, but it doesn’t seem to offer a particularly useful set of nutrients.

  5. This reminds me of visiting my relatives in the Netherlands. They are extremely frightened by pesticides and GMOs but have no problem consuming ethanol and caffeine which are known toxins (in high doses). Oh yes, many of them were smoking cigarettes while consuming these TOXINS.

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