Alberta Canola Producers Commission Contributes $150,000 to ‘KNOW GMO’ Global Movie Project

March 3, 2015

(Edmonton, AB)  The Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC) is pleased to announce it will be providing $150,000 to a new project entitled ‘KNOW GMO’ that will look at the people, the ethics and the science behind agriculture and food. Focusing on an uplifting and accurate look at the science of genetic engineering and how it contributes to global food security, the project’s goal is to explain the technology behind genetically modified organisms with particular emphasis on eliminating misconceptions associated with the growing and use of genetic engineered crops.

Lee Markert, Chairman of the ACPC Board of Directors explains that the organization sees great value in supporting such a project. “We are excited to be involved in a project we see as crucial. This is a topic that requires advocacy on behalf of farmers everywhere, we need to take action to ensure our consumers are seeing both sides of every story. With this commitment, we look forward to similar participation from other canola organizations and industry partners.”

This project was initiated by Robert Saik, a Professional Agrologist and Certified Agricultural Consultant. “The movie is about understanding,” explains Saik, “Agriculture is going to need all science available including GMO if we are going to feed over 9 billion people by 2050. This documentary will help people understand that biotechnology is a valuable tool in achieving global food security.”

A world-class film team is working with a scientific advisory committee to create a full length global documentary telling the story of modern agriculture around the world. Having already completed pre-production and filming the Hawaiian segment; the crew is planning to film in Argentina, Brazil, Asia, Kenya, Uganda, as well as Canada and the United States. Once completed in 2015, the project will be featured at international film festivals and will be made available, free of charge, to the public, and schools and other educational institutions. 

The project is being administered by the Farm & Food Care Foundation within its mandate to build public trust in food and farming in Canada. The Foundation is administering the funds being donated to the project, and issuing tax deductible receipts.  Information can be obtained at www.knowGMOtheMOVIE.com.

The Alberta Canola Producers Commission (ACPC) was the province’s first refundable check-off producer organization. The mandate of the ACPC is to increase the long term profitability of Alberta canola growers through research, consumer and producer education programs, and policy development.

For more information contact:
Ward Toma
General Manager
Alberta Canola Producers Commission
780-454-0844
[email protected]

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