A film project exploring the benefits of genetic engineering in crops is needing additional funding to move ahead.
Fundraising and pre-production work for “Know GMO: An Uplifting Discussion About Food” kicked off in late 2014. Since then more than 100 hours of filming has been done in North and South America and Africa, from Uganda to Monsanto’s head office in St. Louis, looking at the impact of genetic modification, and asking questions about how to feed a growing human population.
“We’re now into the next step of the movie, which basically is the post-production. We have to buy a lot of music, animation has to be done, we have to do a lot of editing, we still have a little bit of shooting to do, and we’re short of capital right now,” explains the documentary’s executive producer Rob Saik in the short update below. (Saik’s also the founder of Agri-Trend and host of Saik’s Agri-Treks on RealAgriculture.)
The original goal was to raise around $1 million for the film. Many agricultural organizations, businesses and individuals have contributed, but he says they’re still around $500,000 short.
Former Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz had earmarked funds to complete the project under the Growing Forward 2 ag framework, says Saik, but “when the Liberals swept in, we lost that grant.”
He says they’re optimistic they can convince more U.S. farm and ranch groups that the project is worth supporting. If the funding comes together, Saik says they’re planning to launch the film next year.
“We’re still looking for a 2017 release, but this lack of grant funding has really pushed us back…”
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