By Nancy Smorch
Tonight Mike and I attended the private showing of Jeremy Seifert's movie, "GMO, OMG" at the historic downtown Ocala theater, hosted by David Kuhn, M.D. We actually lucked out and took a couple of the last seats in the theater (which was very cool, by the way - I had never been there before). I was honestly a little worried about Mike - he was asking if it was just going to be another one of those Monsanto bashing documentaries telling us how bad everything was. I honestly didn't know exactly what we were in for, but after watching the trailer, I had a pretty good feeling about the film, and I wanted to go and show my support for, not only the film maker, but also for Dr. Kuhn, for bringing this film to Ocala.
I was pleasantly surprised at how many people showed up to support the film and show their interest - go Ocala! The full theater was a testament to people really being ready for a change and hungry for more information.
The movie was extremely well done. I highly recommend you check it out!
The movie synopsis: GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what's on your plate?
he most disturbing part of the movie for me? When Jeremy interviewed French molecular biologist, Gilles-Eric Seralini. You may recall that Seralini was the one who published research linking Monsanto's GMO corn to cancer in lab rats, only to have the research retracted a year later (which rarely happens). There has been much controversy surrounding this retraction. It shouldn't surprise me what happened, but even if his research was only somewhat accurate, I would think it would be cause for additional, more thorough research, or at least some serious questioning on the safety of GMOs.
The most positive part of the movie? When Jeremy talked with the Rodale Institute about their 30 year study comparing organic and conventional farming practices. The main results from their research included that organic farming yields match conventional yields, organic outperforms conventional in years of drought, organic farming builds rather than depletes the soil making it more sustainable, organic farming uses 45% less energy and is more efficient, conventional farming produces 40% more greenhouse gases, and organic farming systems are more profitable than conventional. This, for me, answered the objection that so many people have about not being able to feed the world with organic farming methods. Well, this and also the fact that a huge part of the GMO crops are used to feed livestock and for ethanol and for high fructose corn syrup (but that's a whole other article).
I loved the movie, and Mike actually loved it too. He had heard a lot of that information from me before, but the movie did a much better job of explaining it and making it relevant to him. And I think for both of us, it reinforced that we really need to demand to know what is in the food we are putting in our bodies and the food we are feeding our family and friends. Unfortunately we can't be falling asleep at the wheel here! Also, there are still a lot of people who have no clue about GMOs, so start spreading the word.
If the movie isn't scheduled to come to your town, you can contact them through their website, www.gmofilm.com and/or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Otherwise the movie is scheduled to be coming out on DVD and will be for sale on iTunes and Netflix this summer.