Genetic Chile

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Dudley, Christopher. Genetic Chile. Burbank: Cinema Libre Studio, 2012. HD, 60 min.

An eye-opening look at the world of genetically modified foods through the lens of New Mexico’s iconic chile pepper. The chile pepper defines New Mexican cuisine and is considered a sacred plant by many cultures. Despite overwhelming evidence of gene flow, persistent safety questions, predatory multinational agribusiness corporations, and potential economic damage, the State of New Mexico funded research to produce a GMO chile, which is a first time for a US state. Because the funding is public, filmmaker Chris Dudley was able to force a rare interview with a genetic researcher at the New Mexico State University (NMSU). This film is packed with information about the harmful use of GMO technology and the ignorance shown by the proponents of GMO crops. (Source: Cinema Libre Studio)

© 2012 Cinema Libre Studio. Trailer used with permission.

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Further readings: 
  • Bosland, Paul W. "The History, Development, and Importance of the New Mexican Pod-Type Chile Pepper to the United States and World Food Industry." In Plant Breeding Reviews: Volume 39, edited by Jules Jänick, 283-322. New Jersey: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015.
  • Carolan, Michael S. "The Multidimensionality of Environmental Problems: The GMO Controversy and the Limits of Scientific Materialism." Environmental Values 17, no. 1 (2008): 67–82. doi:10.3197/096327108X271950.
  • Craig, Wendy, et al. “An Overview of General Features of Risk Assessments of Genetically Modified Crops.” Euphytica 164, no. 3 (2008): 853–80.