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"GMO OMG" – Award-Winning Food Documentary Comes to MO

PHOTO: Missouri filmgoers can explore the impact of genetically modified (GMO) foods and talk with the man who has made a documentary about them, at a special screening this week. Photo courtesy Jeremy Seifert.
PHOTO: Missouri filmgoers can explore the impact of genetically modified (GMO) foods and talk with the man who has made a documentary about them, at a special screening this week. Photo courtesy Jeremy Seifert.
December 4, 2013

ST. LOUIS - What's on your plate, and why is it there?

Those are some of the questions filmmaker Jeremy Seifert set out to answer in the documentary "GMO, OMG," which opens in Missouri on Friday.

Seifert, a father of three young children, said the answer took him around the world - and ultimately, to the doorstep of Missouri-based farm biotech giant Monsanto - as he explored the implications of a massive shift in the food system.

While the World Health Organization has said foods containing ingredients from genetically modified crops are safe to eat, Seifert said he wanted to dig deeper into their impact on children and the planet.

"The new reality of the world is that chemical companies are feeding us," he said. "Maybe that's a good thing and maybe that's a bad thing, but it didn't sit well with me."

The documentary has been well-received at film festivals and was awarded "best documentary" honors at the Berkshire International Film Festival, although critics have said the film is not rooted in scientific fact. Seifert said his goal mostly was to raise awareness of the prevalence of GMOs and help viewers make more informed food choices.

"Well," he said, "how is it possible that we're all eating GMOs every single day, and yet the average person doesn't even know what it is?"

Seifert and fellow filmmakers will be in attendance for Friday and Saturday's screenings at the AMC Chesterfield Cinema. Since Missouri is home to Monsanto world headquarters and several research facilities, Seifert has invited all Monsanto employees to see the film free of charge by showing their company ID at a special screening in Chesterfield.

More information including showtimes is online at GMOfilm.com.

Mona Shand, Public News Service - MO