Free Halifax Film Screening Looks at Lack of GMO Food Labelling in Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 20, 2018

K’JIPUKTUK (HALIFAX) - This Sunday, February 25, Halifax food enthusiasts will have a chance to see Modified, a first-person documentary-memoir by Nova Scotia filmmaker and PBS video producer, Aube Giroux. The 86-minute film questions why genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not labeled on food products in Canada and the United States.

“I wanted to find out why GMOs aren’t labelled here when polls show over 80 per cent of Canadians and Americans are in favour, and 64 countries around the world require that GMOs be labelled on food products,” Giroux says.

Giroux was inspired to make the film when her mom, an avid gardener and seed saver from the Wolfville area, began to raise concerns about Health Canada’s approach to regulation. Fueled by their shared love of food, Giroux spent 10 years documenting the ongoing struggle, interweaving the personal and the political side of food, from family recipes to frustrating bureaucratic run-arounds.

The film features interviews with world-renowned primatologist, Jane Goodall, and Canadian anti-GMO activist, Rachel Parent.

“Ultimately, the film reveals the extent to which industrial interests control our food policies and our food choices in North America, making a strong case for a food system in Canada that is more sustainable and transparent,” Giroux says.

For the past six months, Modified has been making the film fest circuit, winning Audience Choice and Best Atlantic Feature at both the 2017 Lunenburg Doc Fest and the 2017 Festival International du Cinema Francophone en Acadie.  It was screened in the 2017 Big Picture program at Devour, the food film fest in Wolfville and was an Official Selection at the Victoria Film Festival, Sonoma International Film Festival, Atlantic International Film Fest, and Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

The film will make its theatrical debut in the spring of 2018.

Sunday’s screening will take place at the Halifax Central Library in room 301 at 2 p.m. The event will include a conversation with Camelia Frieburg, the film’s producer and a Lunenburg County farmer, Dr. Av Singh, one of Canada's leading authorities on organic agriculture, and Karen Shepard, an advocate for GMO labelling. 

This event is being organized by Slow Food in Nova Scotia and The Ecology Action Centre (EAC).  Admission is free, however organizers hope that people will donate online towards paying off film production costs at https://www.modifiedthefilm.com/contribute-to-the-film-1

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The Ecology Action Centre is an environmental charity based in Nova Scotia, taking leadership on critical environmental issues from biodiversity protection to climate change to environmental justice.

Slow Food in Nova Scotia, a non-profit society since 2006, is part of the global, grassroots organization, Slow Food, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, to counteract people’s dwindling interest in where food comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us, and working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food.  We know that food is tied to culture, politics, agriculture, and the environment. Through our food choices we can collectively influence how food is cultivated, produced, and distributed.

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For further information, please contact:

Sheila Stevenson
Food Representative, EAC Board of Directors; Secretary, Slow Food in NS
902-499-6870

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