Deconstructing Supper

Deconstructing Supper

Release date:

2002

Running time:

48 minutes

Formats:

Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

Yes

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Available in Canada

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Also available in French as Sur la piste des OGM

Deconstructing Supper begins, innocently enough, with a clear yet unexpected question. A patron at Bishop's, one of Vancouver's top restaurants, asks renowned Canadian chef John Bishop whether or not his foods are "GM" (genetically modified). For Bishop, proud of his establishment and his culinary knowledge, the query is a revelation. Embarrassed, he admits that he doesn't know the answer. Although he uses mostly organically grown produce in his recipes, he realizes that he knows absolutely nothing about genetically modified foods-not what is in them, nor how they are grown. This pivotal moment makes Bishop question his responsibility as a restaurateur and leads him on a personal odyssey around the world to discover answers to the simple question: "What are our food choices?"

With a hearty appetite for both food and information, chef Bishop explores the politics, economics and ethics of eating. His journey takes viewers on an eye-opening and engaging adventure into the billion-dollar battle to control global food production, unraveling fact from fiction, and information from disinformation. The results are startling, unexpected and thought-provoking.

"A fascinating, if disturbing, primer on the subject of genetically modified food. It manages to instruct without scolding, explore without preaching, and ultimately, should interest anybody who eats."
     - Toronto Star

Award(s): Chris Award, Columbus International Film & Video Festival; Second Place in Category, EarthVision Environmental Film Festival

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