GMO OMG

GMO OMG

DVD - 2014
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"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?--Film's website.
Publisher: [New York] : Submarine Deluxe, [2014]
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780788617911
0788617915
Branch Call Number: DVDN 664 G529G 2014
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
NTSC
1 videodisc (approximately 84 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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ShasCho
May 07, 2017

Very watchable documentary-
A young father investigates the science and safety of GMOs,
interviewing scientists, farmers, and seed savers
(Monsanto chased him out of the building
when he politely attempted to interview a representative).
Nothing shrill or hysterical,
but lots of solid information
that every human should be aware of.

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vsavy_
Jul 03, 2016

This is a very informative movie that comes from real research without the government keeping it away from our eyes. If you liked this, I would recommend watching "Vaxxed."

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Curiouskind
May 10, 2016

This documentary by Jeremy Seifert is an eye-opener and exposes serious health implications that's not well known or documented (outside of films like this) of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) due to misinformation and backdoor dealings of international corporations like Monsanto. Shady scary, you say? You're right. Consider one of the film's central points is the lack of accessible documentation to Monsanto's studies which are limited to 3 months on lab rats. But when independent studies extend the duration of the research, it reveals large tumor growths by the 4th and 5th months, particularly in the mammary glads of female lab rats (as studied by Gilles-Eric Seralini, Ph.D., professor, University of Caen). Robert Belle (Ph.D., French National Center for Scientific Research) continued the study, using the same lab rats that Monsanto used in his studies beyond Monsanto's 3-month study, and concluded that Roundup is highly toxic (and not biodegradable, as Monsanto falsely advertised and as determined through court challenges, in 2 countries) and promotes cell division dysfunction, although it has a latent effect.

Monsanto continues to refuse the release of their research documents for peer review and public scrutiny. Meanwhile, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has fast-tracked the approval of GMOs, which normally would require 1) numerous published peer review studies, and 2) an overwhelming consensus among the scientific community. Neither of which GMOs have. This is possible through attorneys like Michael Taylor who bounces from post to post in government agencies like FDA, USDA (regulatory agencies) to Monsanto, or as a representative of Monsanto, and then back again to the federal agencies, essentially approving policies he substantively crafted when he represented Monsanto and bypassing scrutiny by considering GMOs 'substantively equivalent' and Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) as non-modified crops. And I haven't even discussed Clarence Thomas, US Supreme Court Justice and former Monsanto employee, the patenting of living organisms, the contamination of non-GMO crops, crops registered as herbicides but are raised for mass human and animal consumption, or Monsanto's smear campaigns, by using false identities within the scientific community that are traceable to Monsanto's office, to discredit legitimate scientist who disagree with the findings of Monsanto scientists.

It's difficult to have any faith in these regulatory agencies, and even dims the word justice when referring to entire branches of government like the US Supreme Court, that were created to protect the consumer, public from conflict of interest concerns that cost actual lives. So when you hear 'there's blood on their hands,' know that it is not a benign statement. Ultimately, this may be the cost of not supporting legislators, etc. who try to do the right thing, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) who is featured in this film for standing up to profit-at-any-cost corporations like Monsanto. Other posters have cited 'The World According to Monsanto' which delves further into details (and is certainly worth viewing), but Jeremy's decision to add human touches to 'GMO OMG,' such as his family's experience of fishing for what turned out to be GMO-contaminated rainbow trout in the pristine ponds of the Sequoia National Forest in California (don't you hear the strangled last gasps of Prop. 37?), because it not only affects but harms human lives makes this subject much more widely accessible to general audiences and makes a dense, complicated subject matter more easily understandable and tangible. And isn't one of the essential tests in civil and criminal courts the harm it actually causes -- just imagine how many lives were affected (yes, I'm referring to a global scale) because of non-disclosure, obstruction to disclose, and intentional contamination of non-GMO crops? Truly staggering, a revealing and important subject.

OhTai Apr 04, 2016

Some of these reviewers are cynical douche bags. It's from a concerned father's point of view. My favorite thing was the short film "The Scarecrow".

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thebritlass
Oct 22, 2015

Another must-view for all interested in health and environment issues. Provides significant "food for thought" about what we are consuming, especially in North America, and challenges us to take up the call (already voiced in many places in the world) to stop poisoning ourselves and the environment and stand up to the huge corporations that corrupt governmental standards for personal gain.

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mamabadger56
Jun 09, 2015

A great introduction to the concerns with genetically modified food sources. The film is not big-budget or impressively high quality, and spends a little too much time on comic relief (the director and his kids running through a cornfield in hazmat suits, for example), but he does hit on the main points. Essential facts about unreliable safety studies, biotech industry influence on government and science, suppression of facts leading to underreported risks, and concerns about corporate control of the food supply, are presented concisely, interspersed by images of the filmmaker searching for healthy food for his family, and connecting with other concerned families around the world. The personal touch may make it more watchable and less informative, but the hard facts are also there. Perfect for someone looking into GMO for the first time. Some good additional material in the bonus tracks, especially the interview with Fred Kirschenmann.

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Dragpro
Mar 21, 2015

More like a home movie full of dumb stuff with his kids than an Oscar-winning documentary. No new news - anybody vaguely aware of GMOs already knows this stuff. Might be a good intro for someone totally clueless.
The World According to Monsanto is a MUCH, MUCH better, more informative film.

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nparrish
Jan 08, 2015

Terror Fiction.

Jlderdall Nov 20, 2014

We need to wake up. GMO's are unsafe and unhealthy. Our food is chemical laiden. So even if you think you're eating a healthy salad or fruits/veggies, healthy grains, etc. think again. We really need to pressure government on this. We deserve healthy food!!

Watch the DVD (from our library) called Fed Up also. More enlightenment. Or something more to make you crazy.

K_ROK Oct 06, 2014

People really need to push governments to pass law that will require food companies to label their food that is made from GMO products. Until this happens everyone on the planet is consuming GMOs in their diet one way or another.

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Curiouskind
May 11, 2016

* Q: Is it still possible to reject our current food system, or have we already lost something we can't get back?

* GMO: Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. --World Health Organization

* 297 scientists and experts around the world have signed a statement saying: 'There is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified foods and crops.' (October, 2013)

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