Code of Survival - Or the end of Genetic engineering


This Film is available in English and German.

The film opens with farmers in the USA. Here, every year, the fields are sprayed with millions of tonnes of “Roundup”, a pesticide whose main active ingredient is the chemical glyphosate. Multinational chemical companies market Roundup for use with plants which are genetically modified to be resistant to it. The idea is that farmers can apply the poison to large swathes of farmland, killing everything except their crop. But this weapon is losing its power. Nature is creating glyphosate-resistant weeds which spread at a biblical rate and grow incredibly fast – allowing them to quickly overpower and kill the crops. We meet farmers who’ve been driven to desperation. No longer able to control these “superweeds”, they have no choice but to abandon huge areas of good-quality farmland – losing their livelihoods in the process.


Worldwide, millions of tons of „Roundup“, with its active ingredient glyphosate, are applied to the land year after year. The alarming consequences: poisoned soils, resistant superweeds, contaminated crops and sick livestock. Nonetheless, especially the United States adhere to the destructive model of GM-agriculture.

Three sustainable projects in India, Egypt and Germany prove that alternatives are achievable and successful. In an impressive montage we confront the effects of the poison-addicted industrial model, with the healing power of organic agriculture.

Which method bears the CODE OF SURVIVAL on our planet?

Buch & Regie Bertram Verhaag Kamera Waldemar Hauschild - Gerald Fritzen
Schnitt Hauke von Stietencron - Corinna Lösel - Melania Singer
Ton Marcus von Kleist - Zoltan Ravasz Schnitt Verena Schönauer
Musik Sami Hammi Assistenz Roman Linke, Alyssa Koske, Doris Papsch-Musikar, Katie Revell Redaktion Eva Linke

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93 min
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suitable for all ages
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