“GENETICALLY MODIFIED CHILDREN”
Monsanto/Bayer & Big Tobacco; The Scheme Demolishing
a Generation of Argentinian Children
NEW DOCUMENTARY: Out Now on Streaming & DVD
Los Angeles, CA (June 7, 2018) — GENETICALLY MODIFIED CHILDREN is the first documentary to detail the unholy alliance between big tobacco’s Philip Morris, and big agriculture’s Monsanto, exploiting generations of impoverished Argentinian farmers, and causing devastating disease and disability among their children. Medical specialists have linked exposure to the herbicide Roundup among some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable workers growing tobacco for cigarette giant Philip Morris, to permanent damage to the human genome. With clusters of cancers and birth defects, a US based legal team has taken on the David vs Goliath battle against these corporations to seek justice for these exploited families and their genetically modified children. This battle was made even more difficult today, as pharmaceutical giant Bayer acquired Monsanto in a $63 billion deal.
Released by LA based Cinema Libre Studio and directed by Stephanie Lebrun and Juliette Igier, the film takes viewers into the battlegrounds of poor tobacco farming families in Argentina, whose children are suffering. One such child, 17-year-old William Nuñez, is nonverbal, unable to walk, and fed via a gastrostomy peg into his stomach, which his family struggle to afford to maintain for him.
Professor Hugo Gomez Demaio, MD, Head of Neurosurgery at the Pediatric Hospital of Posadas, and Professor Mario Barrera, MD, Neurosurgeon at the Medical School of Nordeste, are two of the doctors dedicated to highlighting and treating the link between glyphosate exposure and DNA damage.
“Even if the entire local environment is contaminated, it does not mean that all children will become sick,” says Dr. Barrera. “But when the father is exposed to herbicides, they are absorbed into the body and alter his DNA. He then passes that genetic mutation on to his children. You can’t just fix the problem by moving to another town—their DNA has been permanently damaged.”
New York based Phillips & Paolicelli is one of the law firms filing class action suits on behalf of these genetically modified children. According to founding partner Steven Phillips, both Monsanto and Philip Morris hold some responsibility. Monsanto for selling of Roundup while knowing the conditions in which it would be used and risk of harm, and Philip Morris for requiring the use of Roundup on their tobacco crops farmed by these impoverished families.
Synopsis: Can Monsanto chemicals permanently alter your child’s genes? Low-income tobacco farmers face skyrocketing cancer rates with more devastating repercussions affecting their children: severe physical deformities and mental disabilities. Choosing between poverty or poison, Latin American growers have no choice but to use harmful chemicals such as the herbicide glyphosate (aka Monsanto’s Roundup) and Bayer’s insecticide Confidor if they want to certify and sell their crops to Big Tobacco. As patent and regulatory laws continue to favor the profits of Monsanto and chemical companies, the tobacco makes its way into the hands and mouths of consumers worldwide in Philip Morris products, while the poisons used to harvest the crops contaminate the farmers’ blood and are modifying the human genome, creating genetically modified children.
PRESS NOTES & IMAGES: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/akq27dgqgkcdf1y/AABOlh8OEUtKY737UGUtPv8-a?dl=0
DVD AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BSXCKL8
VIMEO STREAMING: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/gmchildren
TRT: 55 minutes I Genre: Documentary, Science, Health I Language: English & Spanish
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