Join us to celebrate Non-GMO month with a FREE screening of Seeds of Freedom, a film telling the story of how seed has been transformed into a powerful commodity. The film will be followed by a talk and discussion led by Amber Lynn Vitse, CN.
We will have FREE SAMPLES of Garden of Life's Raw Meal, popcorn popped in organic coconut oil, and many fun ways to win amazing Non-GMO prizes!
Movie summary: Seeds of Freedom charts the story of seed from its roots at the heart of traditional, diversity rich farming systems across the world, to being transformed into a powerful commodity, used to monopolize the global food system.
The film highlights the extent to which the industrial agricultural system, and genetically modified (GM) seeds in particular, has impacted on the enormous agro-biodiversity evolved by farmers and communities around the world, since the beginning of agriculture. Seeds of Freedom seeks to challenge the mantra, promoted by the pro-GM lobby, that large-scale, industrial agriculture is the only means by which we can feed the world. In tracking the story of seed it becomes clear how corporate agenda has driven the take over of seed in order to make vast profit and control of the food global system.
Through interviews with leading international experts such as Dr Vandana Shiva and Henk Hobbelink, and through the voices of a number of African farmers, the film highlights how the loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with loss of biodiversity and related knowledge; the loss of cultural traditions and practices; the loss of livelihoods; and the loss of food sovereignty. The pressure is growing to replace the diverse, nutritional, locally adapted and resilient seed crops which have been bred by small-scale farmers for millenia, by monocultures of GM seed.
About the speaker: Amber Lynn Vitse, CN is a Certified Nutritionist in Integrative Nutrition, and also brings her training in Ayurvedic Medicine to the team. Since early childhood, she has been fascinated with the power of foods, herbs, and dietary supplements to optimize health and, after earning a B.A. in Economics and Russian, she went on to pursue this passion. For 16 years she has both worked in product retail, and maintained her own wellness practice, often working with doctors and alternative medical professionals promoting optimum health inside and out. In the last several years she has reached a wider audience as a freelance writer for several natural health publications, educating retailers and consumers alike on what quality really means in both foods and products. Amber is excited to be a member of the Garden of Life Education team and continue the mission of Empowering Extraordinary Health!