“Where’s the outrage?” – Jeremy Seifert
I finally got my grubby mitts on OMG GMO, Jeremy Seifert’s controversial movie about GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, and what, if any, danger they pose to us.
GMO OMG Movie Review
I’ve read a lot of reviews about OMG GMO that say there’s no science or bad science in the movie, that there’s no proven threat of GMOs (many reviewers go so far as to say GMOs have been “proven to be harmless”) and many state that we’ve been eating them for fifteen years with “no negative effects.”
I can’t argue with this, not because I think it’s correct but because I don’t have research to back up what my gut and brain know is right. That’s the thing. NOBODY DOES. Any research that’s been done has been done by Monsanto and the chemical companies, with the exception of the one study, cited in the film. That study, supposedly, “is a mess” and doesn’t pass scientific muster. So, there is no unbiased study that we can go to for answers, which I find disconcerting to say the least.
I think the film raises a lot of important questions, if nothing else, and is worth watching just for that. For instance, other countries, such as Norway and many European countries, have a ban on GMOs and most people in those countries will not touch GMO food. Are they all hysterical and crazy? My guess is no.
So, I’m not going to even focus on if GMOs are harmful or not. I think we have to trust our human instincts and those of us in touch with that part of ourselves seem to think this shit is bad news bears. What I can say is that OMG GMO brought up one fact that I found fascinating and am shocked that NOBODY is talking about is:
We are currently producing over 4,000 calories per person on the planet.
We’re ALREADY making enough food to feed the world!!!
Where is the outrage, indeed.
Everyone keeps talking about how we need GMOs to feed the world. No we don’t! Most of GMOs are in corn and soy – those are the two crops that are fed almost exclusively to livestock for meat production. Yeah, we eat it to, mainly in processed foods, but the stuff they are producing in those vast Monsanto corn and soy fields is livestock feed, not human feed.
Plus, the Monsanto GMO seeds destroy all other crops around them. The seeds spread in the wind and take over entire fields. This is called mono-agriculture and it’s incredibly dangerous. Diversity provides for protection, in nature. If we are dependent on one type of crop, we are ever on the brink of famine. We already eat a terribly restricted portion of
We’re not feeding the world with GMOs. We’re feeding the livestock to feed the affluent. We all need to stop bullshitting ourselves.
If we really want to feed the world, we need to reduce food waste. The U.S. throws food away, to the tune of 30+% of our food supply every year. That’s 141 trilliion calories in the garbage, according to the USDA (NPR did a great write-up of food waste in the U.S). What’s more shocking is that developing countries have food waste as high as 50%.
We don’t need to be eating monstrous, genetically modified, franken-food that destroys everything else around it. We need to stop throwing out all the food we already have. We need to stop focusing on feeding cows and pigs and chickens more than people. Instead of throwing that food out, why not just donate it to those in need before it turns?
I think OMG GMO is worth watching, I found it thought-provoking and interesting. There were many good moments in the film, but the one that moved me the most was the Haitian farmers burning seeds that Monsanto had “gifted” to them after an earthquake had devastated their crops. These farmers were starving but they refused to plant the seeds. They knew that Monsanto seeds would be the end of their crops, of their source of life.
If starving people can do the right thing, can’t those of us with full bellies do the same?
Watch GMO OMG Online
OMG GMO is widely available online:
- Watch OMG GMO online on Amazon Instant Video
- Buy the OMG GMO DVD on Amazon
- It’s also available on Sony, Google Play, iTunes, on Xbox and Vudu
- OMG GMO is streaming on Netflix
- And lastly, check with your local library :)