Film maker and director Jeremy Siefert (see wiki article Dive! – film about dumpster diving and food waste) has put together a new documentary called “GMO OMG” – sponsored by a variety of organic food companies. I am posting a web exclusive interview with Siefert conducted by Doctor Mehmet Oz, followed by the official movie trailer.
Because of the absence of a studio audience, the interview is low key, down to earth, and Oz opens the interview with the observation that Siefert takes a more philosophical approach to GMOs. Oz says: You’ve made it your mission, I could sense it as I went through and watched your documentary that we need to fight, at least in order to identify what GMO foods really represent to us.
Siefert tells a little of how and why he became personally involved in the making of the film, but what really got my attention was his argument for why long term sustainability for GMO crops worldwide is impossible. He put it in a way I hadn’t heard before. Anyone who follows the whole GMO controversy has heard of poor crop yields and generally disappointing results over time that some farmers have experienced after they are sold a bill of goods by Monsanto or one of the other multi-national chemical companies. In India, for example, this phenomenon has even led to farmer suicides.
Here is what Siefert says: GMOs are very similar to steroids. You inject all these inputs, these synthetic fertilizers, all these chemicals and for a little while, they’re bigger, faster, stronger, but there’s a huge fall off. When I was in Haiti for the film, I actually spoke with farmers who had been given seeds from one of these giant chemical companies and very quickly, the plants grew only partially. They withered. They didn’t produce any fruit because the farmers didn’t have all the inputs and that is not sustainable. If anyone thinks that we’re going to be growing GMOs with all of the input of oil and synthetic fertilizers and chemicals a hundred years from now, they’re deluding themselves. We have to have agriculture that regenerates the soil and the earth and leaves it and leaves it better than we found it.
Watch the interview. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/gmo-omg
GMO OMG official trailer: