This is the seventh video I have filmed, edited and put up, on Dr. Thierry Vrain. The first three of them were on his organic farm (Innisfree Farm) in Comox valley. The next three were short clips of me interviewing him in his study, about GMO and why there were cause for serious concern on the value, and business plan, of GM crops.
And then he came to Surrey, BC, to address general public at the Northwood United Church in front of three hundred people. He made an hour long speech accompanied with a powerpoint presentation projected on a large screen behind him. Thierry, in his soft and patient manner, untangles the long story of how the GMOs came to interest the farmers on the promise of lowering labour in weed and pest control efforts, by replacing it with easily available and applicable pesticides, and also by using specialized genetically engineered crops that are either tolerant to specific pesticide/herbicide or produce toxins themselves, that would kill the pests without the need for additional pesticide. That, initially, worked like magic, and saved a lot of labor for the farmers. But, the gain was to be short lived, while the damage and danger, turned out to be rather ominous for the health of the people as well as sustainability of a biologically diverse ecology.
Where Thierry is especially effective is explaining to the general public about the intricacies of genetics, and how the GMO technology is not as precise and controlled as people normally associate high tech science to be.
His hour long presentation was received in virtual pin drop silence by the rapt group of listeners, only some of whom had already some knowledge about GMO, while a large group had not much idea of what GMO really is and how much one should be concerned regarding the business plan, the science, the process and the end product of Genetically Engineered Agriculture.
This remarkable event came to be thanks to the following groups :