GMO OMG

OMG posterWe watched this film recently and found it very scary.  Not exactly shocking since we already had many concerns about GMO’s from our own research.  It was entertaining to watch, well done, informative and was interesting to us. According to their website, this film is described as follows: GMO OMG 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?  This is a very basic introduction video to GMO’s.  I would have liked a little more scientific information about how they work.  In my own research I read a book called Minerals for the Genetic Code, by Charles Walters, which contains in the chapter The GMO Fallacy p. 45-59 contains some detailed information about how GMO’s do what they do.  I learned that in the real world all organisms have the ability to differentiate between “me” and “not me”.  This means that when you eat normal food your body says, this is food, not me, so I won’t try to make this me.  So this protects your body from trying assimilate your food.  That is also what prevents certain animals from successfully mating.  For example, in life you can’t breed a fish to a tomato.  It just isn’t possible.  But GMO’s contain a special enzyme that tells the organism, “this is me, integrate this”.  This enzyme is shot into the plant along with the new information and alter the hosts DNA.  The trouble is, as brilliant as these scientists are, they are just beginning to understand what they are doing.  They don’t know how to turn this enzyme off.  So when you eat this food, it goes into your body saying, kick out some DNA and make room for this new DNA.  It’s scary stuff.  And unless it’s organic or labeled non- GMO, you can pretty much bet it contains GMO’s.  Do we know the results of playing with this stuff?  No, absolutely not.  The research is still very, very new.  I guess we’ll know in about 50 years what the results are.  With the entire U.S. as the guinea pig. The other interesting thing I learned in a presentation at the Small Farm’s Conference by Dr. Olree who helped write Minerals for the Genetic Code, are about the GMO foods that are “Round-up Ready”, like soybeans and corn.  Round-up is considered the most benign of herbicides and works primarily by not allowing plants to take up minerals after being sprayed on a field.  These crops have been genetically modified to not need minerals to grow.  I find this very scary since we humans need minerals for so many things!  If we eat these foods that do not take up minerals we starve our bodies.  If we don’t have the correct mineral balance we can’t absorb vitamins.  And without vitamins we can’t utilize our food properly.  Our soils are already mineral starved from a century of soil stripping farming practices.  By growing food that doesn’t need minerals, we are feeding people a nutrient lacking diet.  Without these minerals cancer, tumors, obesity, diabetes, and liver failure will run rampant through our population. In the movie GMO OMG they interviewed a French scientist who conducted the first 2 year study on rats fed GMO’s.  The study’s done by Monsanto never lasted more than 3 months.  The results of the study were shocking.  The male rats suffered liver and kidney problems, while the female rats developed massive tumors in the mammary glands. If you have questions about GMO’s and you’re looking for a film to watch this weekend, this is a good one to consider.  It can be borrowed free at our area library.