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GMOs: Many Questions Remain

PHOTO: The Big Brown Barn at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute near East Troy, WI, will be the place for a free screening of the movie "GMO OMG," which raises questions about genetically modified organisms that are in our food chain right now. Photo credit: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
PHOTO: The Big Brown Barn at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute near East Troy, WI, will be the place for a free screening of the movie "GMO OMG," which raises questions about genetically modified organisms that are in our food chain right now. Photo credit: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.
March 2, 2015

EAST TROY, Wis. - The movie "GMO OMG" deals with genetically modified organisms that are already in our food chain, how they got there, and related issues the filmmakers believe every consumer should be aware of.

The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is offering a free screening of this compelling movie on the evening of March 13. Dr. Jim Stute is research director of the Institute, which does not take a stand for or against GMO's.

"There's risks and benefits," Stute says. "We haven't sorted everything out, so the rationale behind showing our movie is to educate the public about what the upsides and downsides are so that the public can make informed decisions."

The movie asks the question, "How do GMO's affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice?" The Institute does say without a requirement to label foods that contain GMO's, consumers are denied choice in the marketplace.

"Consumer Reports just did a survey and based on their survey nationwide 92 percent of Americans do favor labeling, so that's something that's on peoples' mind, and we believe people do have the right to know what's in their food," says Stute.

Those wishing to see the movie at the Big Brown Barn on the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute on County Trunk ES near East Troy can make seat reservations online at michaelfields.org.

According to Stute, not only are there many questions yet to be answered about GMO's, many consumers are not aware how widespread their use is.

"They were introduced in 1996 so we've got 18 years of experience with GMO crops," he says. "Corn right now in the United States, 93 percent of the corn is genetically modified, and 94 percent of soybeans, and Wisconsin acreage trends follow the national average."

Stute says there are concerns about farmers who do not want to use GMO's being at risk of contamination from nearby farms using them. That's called "pollen drift," and he says organic farmers who lose organic certification because of that should have a legal course of action, something they do not have right now.

Tim Morrissey, Public News Service - WI