The issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs, or crops that have been genetically altered in a lab to withstand mega doses of pesticides, or even to create their own within the plant) is easily one of the most complex, and important of our time.
Activists have made serious headway in bringing the issue to the masses without the help of the mainstream media in recent years, but the issue is so multifaceted and challenging to explain that roadblocks continue to pop up.
Many people still don’t know what GMOs are, let alone how to avoid them or why it’s so important, since their ability to cross-contaminate others means maintaining the purity of all food crops on the planet is at stake.
If all goes well, however, an upcoming movie documentary titled ‘GMO OMG’ could be the film that bridges the knowledge gap for hundreds of thousands of Americans and allows us to reach that “tipping point” that activists and GMO freedom advocates have been after for so long. Much like ‘Food, Inc.’ helped to launch a revolution for more farm-fresh, healthy food in general, this film could cause a much-needed shift in awareness for the better.
Check out the trailer below to see why this documentary, which will premiere in September, has so much promise:
The Talent Behind the ‘GMO OMG’ Movie
I’ve realized over four-plus years as a serious news journalist covering political issues both locally and nationally that following any political personality rather than focusing on the issues is usually a dicey proposition. Most political personalities portray a certain image but don’t stand up for their constituents or take a stand when it’s politically risky or outside the norm.
That being said, there are a handful of politicians out there who have earned a different level of respect and command a following based on their willingness to stand up for the common citizen and to tackle issues such as the GMO one that others are terrified to even discuss due to ties with corporate interests.
Dennis Kucinich, the former State Rep. from Ohio and presidential candidate, is certainly one of them.
Consider this quote of his from the House Floor:
“The FDA has received over a million comments from citizens demanding labeling of GMOs. Ninety percent of Americans agree. So, why no labeling? I’ll give you one reason: The influence and the corruption of the political process by Monsanto.”
Kucinich appears in the movie documentary, which was executive produced by his wife and super-activist Elizabeth Kucinich, who is also the director of public affairs for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.
Others appearing in the film include Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralini, lead researcher of the well publicized study showing that GMOs cause tumors in rats, and Indian food freedom activist Vendana Shiva among several others.
As you can see from the trailer above, the film shows great promise and looks like it will tackle all of the major issues surrounding GMOs in a way that relates to the average American, a demographic that has been a little difficult to reach. It follows the story of a father’s discovery of GMOs in relationship to his three young children, and chronicles a quest to avoid GMO food; which was originally added in stealth to the U.S. food supply without our consent.
Other documentaries such as ‘Genetic Roulette’ and ‘The World According to Monsanto’ are fantastic, but probably not quite as accessible as this one will be.
The project started out humbly, soliciting Internet donations even during times when it didn’t have a title, but now momentum appears to be in its favor.
With premieres expected to happen in big cities like New York and L.A. Soon, GMO OMG could become a serious hit on nearly the same level as the landmark movie ‘Food, Inc.’
Director Jeremy Seifert recently appeared on the extremely popular Dr. Oz talk show, and the U.S. distribution rights to the film were also picked up by Submarine Deluxe, a company that last released the Oscar-nominated film “Chasing Ice.” The film also premiered the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.
Despite all of this momentum, there is still much more that can and should be done to support it, especially on social media.
Right now, the film’s two Facebook pages (one is an old one) have less fans combined than mine, which is a shame because this could be one of the most influential films of all-time with the right support.
Do me a favor and give the new ‘GMO OMG’ Facebook page a “Like” right now, and be sure to check out their website for upcoming screenings in your area. You can also donate toward its theatrical release by clicking here.
Thanks for reading and look for more on the film in the future.
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