In the award-winning documentary Modified, filmmaker Aube Giroux and her mother embark on a very personal and poignant investigative journey to find out why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in the United States and Canada, despite being labeled in 64 countries around the world.

Interweaving the personal and the political, the film is anchored around the filmmaker’s relationship to her mom, a gardener and food activist who battled cancer during the film's production. Their intimate mother-daughter quest for answers, fuelled by a shared love of food, reveals the extent to which the agribusiness industry controls our food policies, making a strong case for a more transparent and sustainable food system. A visual celebration of food and family legacy, the film has been praised by world-renowned chef Jacques Pépin as “a very personal, tender, touching tribute and a well-researched, enlightening and powerful documentary”.

Director(s): Aube Giroux
Script: Aube Giroux
Production: Aube Giroux, Camelia Frieberg
Music: Jacques Mindreau
Actors: Dr. Jane Goodall, Gilles-Eric Séralini, Andrew Kimbrell, Bernie Sanders, Jali Giroux, Violet Burnett, Anaya Igloliorte, Luka Jamieson, Bill Biggs, Larry Erickson, Peter Pauls, Lucy Sharatt, Conrad Brunk, Arnaud Apoteker, Gilles-Éric Séralini, Denis Benoît, Sylvie Benoît-Poulain, Gilles-André Perron, Rachel Parent, Belinda Martineau, Gord Surgeonner, George Naylor, Klaas Martens, Mary-Howell Martens, Zen Honeycutt, Pamm Larry, Monica Lopez, Dave Murphy, Jessica Lundberg, Teo Zagar
Year: 2017
Duration: 87 min
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): English
Country of origin: Canada
Shooting Locations: Canada, France, United States
Screening rights: Peas In A Pod Films ()
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Main topic(s): Genetic Engineering + Seeds
Secondary topics: organic soil food security toxins industrial agriculture health
Mentions: GMO’s organic farming food security Monsanto soil labeling laws politics big farming genetic modified patents pesticides genetic engineering science Health Canada bees gardening ownership of seeds agribusiness industry food policies democracy
Topic Page(s): Genetic Engineering + Seeds

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