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Scientists under Attack

Genetic Engineering in the Magnetic Field of Money

A political thriller about genetic engineering and freedom of opinion.

When scientist Arpad Pusztai reported that genetically modified (GM) foods caused serious health problems in rats, he was a hero at his prestigious UK institute - for two days. But after two phone calls (apparently) from the Prime Minister's office, he was fired, gagged, and mercilessly attacked. When UC Berkeley professor Ignacio Chapela discovered GM corn contamination in Mexico, he too faced a firestorm of distortion and denial that left him struggling to salvage his career.

According to scientists, 95% of the researchers in the field of genetic engineering are paid for by the industry. Only 5% of the researchers are independent. The great threat to freedom of expression, integrity of science and democracy is evident. Can the public - can we all - still trust the scientists?

The documentary shows how the multinational agrochemical companies intimidate international scientists to prevent them from publishing their frightening discoveries. Find out how the biotech industry "engineers" the truth and what they are trying to hide from you.

Director(s): Bertram Verhaag
Script: Bertram Verhaag
Production: Bertram Verhaag, Bayerischen Rundfunk, Denkmal Film Verhaag, Sonja Scheider
Music: Gert Wilden
Actors: Jeffrey Smith, Ignacio Chapela, Árpád Pusztai, Andrew Kimbrell, Nina Fedoroff, Dan Quayle, Zsuzsa Bartocz, Antônio Andrioli, Terje Traavik, Mamadu Goita
 
Year: 2010
Duration: 88 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 16
Language (audio): German, French, English
Country of origin: Germany, United States
Shooting Locations: Brazil, Mexico, Norway, United States, United Kingdom
 
Screening rights: DENKmal Film Verhaag GmbH ()
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Main topic(s): Genetic Engineering + Seeds
Secondary topics: biodiversity food security courage
Mentions: gm gene technology biodiversity scientists industry health research
Topic Page(s): Genetic Engineering + Seeds

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