Who controls the future of your food? GMO OMG explores the systematic corporate takeover and potential loss of humanity's most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds. Director Jeremy Seifert investigates how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects his young children, the health of our planet, and freedom of choice everywhere. GMO OMG follows one family's struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. In GMO OMG, the encroaching darkness of unknown health and environmental risks, chemical toxins, and food monopoly meets with the light of a growing global movement to take back what we have lost. Has the global food system been irrevocably hijacked? Is there still time to reclaim its purity, protect biodiversity and save ourselves?
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...keeps getting bigger and bigger as increasingly more major corporations begin sticking their tentacles into "our food." Note that one has to put the term "our food" in quotations for two reasons: 1) the food we eat, from planting, growth, harvesting and preparation, is no longer truly ours; and 2) it is only for the sake of convenience that we refer to the chemical, pesticide and alien gene laden concoction offered the American people as "food." It is precisely the focus on the bigger picture, shown to us as Jeremy Seifert, the film's creator, discovers it that sets this documentary apart from others such as "Genetic Roulette" by Jeremy Smith and even Marie-Monique Robin's "The World According to Monsanto.".
Where "Genetic Roulette" depicts in greater detail the host of illnesses at least tentatively traceable to GMO, "GMO OMG" presents a more socio-economic view. It shows the inextricable synergy between the chemical giants and the seed conglomerates. The more ingrained in the world's agriculture GMO's become, the more - not less but more - dependent on pesticides and chemical fertilizers they become. This is also one of the major themes of "The World According to Monsanto," as is the revolving door between Monsanto and the USDA and FDA.
And to even a greater extent than either of the other two GMO films, "GMO OMG" gives the lie to the corporate red herring that only GMO's can feed the world's people. More than one study - and one of the studies a three decade long study - shows GMO's and organic crops running neck to neck in quantity; and shows organic crops far more sustainable over time. Organic crops are hardier and do not deplete the soil to the extent GMO crops do.
Another thing this documentary does - and does through the almost continual presence of Jeremy Seifert's three young children - is to show what a monumental task it would be to wean people off GMO based foods. His kids balk time and again at being denied treats virtually everyone in American takes for granted: candy, cakes, ice cream, and so forth. So while there is understandably a push for organic foods, Mr Seifert does not offer platitudes about how we must at once switch from GMO to organic. He sees - and shows us - through his own family how difficult it would be.
He shows us also that at least some changes, however minor, can occur even involving the giant food producers. Whereas in the USA Heinz ketchup uses corn syrup, the same product manufactured to conform to German regulations uses sugar. So it can be done, however gradually.
Mr Seifert interviews Professor Gilles-Eric Seralini, whose study of GMO effects on rats shows a distinct link with tumors the longer the rats are exposed to GMO's. One of the French journals that published Seralini's findings later decided to remove his work from its pages. This happened shortly after a former Monsanto employee was hired by the journal as an editor. Undoubtedly a pure coincidence.