“I do care, but I’m ignoring that I care.” In the film “GMO OMG,” a mother buckles some under the weight of finding her kids worry-free foods. This isn’t just any mother. This is the wife of the filmmaker.
Jeremy Seifert is trying to educate his wife, kids … everyone … about genetically modified organisms. He laments that “everyone was getting tired of my obsession with GMOs.” When Seifert tells a health-oriented, very veggie interviewee that 97% of soy is GMO, you get yet another flash of the “Oh My God” factor in this film.
Seifert’s son has a fairly adorable obsession with seeds, and this is one of many ways the film maintains a personable keel. Monsanto – a worldwide leader in corporate evil – also has an obsession with seeds. They brilliantly engineer plants that don’t produce seeds for farmers to grow more plants, besides forcing farmers to buy Monsanto seeds.
Harm from genetically modified foods is hardly settled controversy, but efforts like $45,000,000 to defeat a California proposition to label such foods as GMO causes Seifert to pose the question, “Aren’t they proud of their products?”
Can’t corporations do the marketing thing they’re so good at, boastfully promoting their Gene-tampering Modus Operandi, then watch sales soar? Shouldn’t corporations want extensive peer reviewed research on GMOs so they can better tout their commitment to healthful, world-feeding mega-profits?
If you’re familiar with the issue and especially if you aren’t, look up a flagship term of the century, the “precautionary principle” and see the film “GMO OMG.” You’ll have plenty of time left over to ignore how much you should care.