Like millions of parents and activists who oppose genetically modified food, I feel that the stakes are very high in this battle the safety of our world's food supply. If we are to win it, we are going to have to fight tougher. And smarter.
Genetically modified material sounds a little bit like science fiction territory, but in reality, much of what we eat on a daily basis is a genetically modified organism (GMO). Whether or not these modified foods are actually healthy is still up for debate.
Lobbyists for leading pesticide and junk food companies aren't very creative, at least when it comes to fighting labels on genetically-engineered foods. The current effort Washington State against labeling is looking strikingly similar to last year's in California.
This November, voters in Washington State will get to decide whether or not people should have the right to know if there are genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in the food they buy when they vote on Initiative 522.
The raging debate about the merits and hazards of GMO crops is too vast a topic to tackle in one film, much less one film review. But Jeremy Seifert's GMO OMG offers a thoughtful, sincere exploration of the befuddling world of biotech.
Consumers who attempt to make "responsible" buying and eating decisions might want to reduce their purchase of GM food products for any one of a number of reasons. Or they might not. But in order to make that choice, labeling of GM products would be required.
While some may prefer a national solution to labeling GE foods versus going state by state, history has shown that Washington, D.C. is gridlocked and we won't get movement at the federal level until the states take action on this issue.
The out-of-control biotechnology industry is on the defensive, and it's up to us to keep the momentum going. The next major battlefield in the campaign against genetically engineered foods is the fight to label them, so the public is able to avoid these products at the market.