Do you know what is in the foods you eat? Do you know what is a GMO and if it is good or bad for us? Director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert searches for answers in the controversial documentary film GMO OMG. A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Genetic modification involves the mutation, insertion, or deletion of genes. Genetically engineered crops are crops that are altered with inserted genetic material to exhibit a desired trait.
While most developed nations do not consider GMOs to be safe -- including Australia, Japan, and all of the countries in the European Union, the United States government has approved GMOs based on studies conducted by the same corporations that created them and profit from their sale. The United States is the world leader in genetically engineered crop production, with 165 million acres, or nearly half of global production. Currently in the United States, approximately 85% of all processed foods contain GMOs. The only way you can avoid eating GMOs is to eat food labeled as organic and/or food that is labeled as “Non-GMO” until there are mandatory GMO labeling laws in place.
Since the effects of eating genetically engineered foods are still largely unknown and still requires more research, Seifert goes on a fact-finding journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra-giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected, to gain insight into what has become a growing concern for citizens all over the world. Spurred to action by his 6-year-old son’s questions about seeds, he begins a one-man investigation into how the state of the world’s seed supply, the 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. He makes some shocking discoveries about how non-toxic foods can become toxic, human immune responses are lowered and less nutrition is provided when eating foods that contain GMOs.
GMO OMG follows one family's struggle to live and eat without participating in an unhealthy, unjust, and destructive food system. 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. Seifert hopes to raise awareness and help Americans take matters into their own hands and choose whether or not to opt out of the GMO experiment -- gaining back the freedom to decide what to put on their plates.
GMO OMG Blu-ray Giveaway:
THREE lucky readers will win a free copy of GMO OMG on Blu-ray thanks to MPI Home Video.
- "Like" this article at the top of the page.
- Share this article with your friends at the top of the page and Tweet with #GMOOMG hashtag.
- Subscribe to get the latest news and best deals on DVD and Blu-ray releases.
- Send an email with the subject line GMO OMG BLU-RAY GIVEAWAY to email@example.com with the following details:
- Mailing Address (no P.O. Boxes please)
- Email address
Entries will be accepted beginning 12:01 AM Eastern Time ("ET") on July 22, 2014, and ending 11:59 PM ET on August 12, 2014. Three winners will be chosen randomly from the entries received and will be notified by email. The winners will have 3 days to respond to the email before alternate winners will be chosen. One entry per person/household please. Good luck!
- Best Buy: New York City locations or use the store locator for other areas.
- BJ's Wholesale Club: New York City locations or use the store locator for other areas.
- FYE: New York City locations or use the store locator for other areas.
- Kmart: New York City locations or use the store locator for other areas.
- Toys 'R' Us: New York City locations or use the store locator for other areas.
- Target: New York City locations or use the store locator for other areas.
- Walmart: Long Island locations or use the store locator for other areas.
- Amazon.com charges sales tax for all New York shipping addresses.