Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  24 minutes
Date:  1996
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Not available
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Risky Business

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A discussion-starter on genetically engineered plants and animals.

Risky Business

With the cloning of Dolly, the public noticed something called biotechnology. Thousands of plants and animals are being genetically engineered: foods for longer shelf life, crops to tolerate more poison chemicals, and pigs so that their hearts can be transplanted into people. Yet so far there has been relatively little public debate about the impact of biotechnology.

RISKY BUSINESS is designed to stimulate discussion about this important subject. What are the effects of this new technology on farmers, our food supply, public health and the environment?

Vividly filmed in laboratories and fields, RISKY BUSINESS presents scientists, industry proponents, environmental and consumer activists from the U.S., Europe, and developing countries who discuss the risks and benefits of biotechnology and its growing international impacts.

'Fills a long-standing need...for a clear, engaging introduction to the environmental and health risks of agricultural biotechnology.' Gene Exchange, Union of Concerned Scientists

'An impressive production the presentation is quite straightforward, avoiding a lot of the biochemical jargon without sacrificing scientific accuracy.' Science Books and Films

'Are we letting the genetic genie out of the bottle before considering the consequences? This professionally produced video suggests that we are, while still giving some time to opposing views.' Video Librarian

'Where is this technology taking us, who benefits and why aren't we having a national discussion on it?' Dave Butcher, Minnesota Food Association

'No jargon, no nonsense filmmaking in the public interest.' Beth Burrows, Edmonds Institute


Silver Apple, National Educational Media Competition
Silver Certificate of Merit, Prix Leonardo
Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival


Main credits

Dworkin, Mark (screenwriter)
Dworkin, Mark (film director)
Young, Melissa (film producer)
Sieber, Jami (narrator)

Other credits

Videography/editing, Mark Dworkin; music, Jim Alexander, J.K. Black, Jami Sieber.

Distributor credits

Moving Images Video Project

Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young

Moving Images Video Project
Mark Dworkin and Melissa Young

Docuseek2 subjects

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
American (U.S.) Studies
American Studies
Animals and Animal Rights
Business Ethics
Genetically Modified Organisms
Law and Legal Studies
Social Aspects
Social Psychology

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Animal Rights
Food And Nutrition
Genetically Modified Foods
Science, Technology, Society
Social Psychology
Sustainable Development


genetically engineered foods, crops, biotechnology, farmers, public health, GM foods, genetically altered foods, WTO; "Risky Business"; Bullfrog Films

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