With Awards Season in full swing and the Academy Awards approaching on February 26th, we’ve got movies on our minds here at the Non-GMO Project. Were you enthralled by the untold, true story depicted in Hidden Figures by Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monáe and Octavia Spencer? Did you sing and dance along with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone in La La Land? Was Casey Affleck’s performance in 2016’s most depressing movie, Manchester by the Sea, worthy of all the critical claim it’s received?
No matter how you judge this year’s current lot of favored flicks, we think there should be a couple more movies in the spotlight because of their commitment to the preservation of non-GMO food sources and consumer education.
SEED: The Untold Story
Taggart Siegel’s new, eye-opening documentary about the decimation of the world’s seed diversity highlights the importance of seeds for our future. As our seeds increasingly become genetically modified “private property held in corporate hands,” Siegel stresses the significance of seed libraries, community gardens, and passionate farmers who aim to shift the balance toward a more sustainable and sovereign seed archetype.
SEED also features celebrated industry leaders, such as Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke, and Raj Patel. Click here to join the SEED movement and schedule a screening in your area!
Jeffrey M. Smith’s 2012 film, Genetic Roulette, provides a sobering look at the questionable science behind GMOs. The film examines the link between genetically engineered food and the concerning rise in disease rates in the US population, including gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility. Smith the founder of The Institute for Responsible Technology, and is a leader in educating policy makers and the public about the impacts of genetic engineering. Order your own copy of Genetic Roulette here.
An old favorite, Robert Kenner’s 2008 Food, Inc. exposed the inconvenient truth about the current state of our nation’s food supply. Food, Inc. hammers home the notion that we, as consumers, need to purchase products from companies that treat workers, animals, and the environment with respect. By voting with your dollar and purchasing products that are Non-GMO Project Verified, you are changing the landscape of the food industry with every meal you serve your family!
Jeremy Seifert’s 2013 documentary provides viewers with a heartwarming father’s perspective on GMOs and the challenges modern parents face in trying to feed their family safe, healthy food. Not only does GMO OMG provide a great introduction to basic facts about GMOs, it also illustrates how far we’ve come in the four years since it was released.
As of December 2016, 39% of Americans now consider genetically modified foods worse for a person’s health than other foods, and 2,430 retailers are registered with the Non-GMO Project, showcasing their ongoing commitment to non-GMO transparency.
GMO OMG proved GMOs were a topic worthy of a global conversation and highlighted that consumer education is key. Seifert leaves viewers emotional yet hopeful for the future of non-GMO food production.
We encourage you to stay curious about where your food comes from, and never stop demanding the right to make informed choices about what you feed your family. Enjoy the documentaries above with your friends, family, and yummy Non-GMO Project Verified popcorn – just remember to save some for us!