As of today, you are most likely eating GMOs, and you probably don’t know it. As we forge ahead on this film, I keep coming back to a really basic question for us here in North America - how is it possible that we are eating GMOs everyday, but we don't know about it? Many people don't even know what a GMO is! (FYI: GMOs are genetically modified organisms.)
GMOs are about industry for industry's sake. It's not for us, our health, increased yield, feeding the poor....those are all lies. GMOs exist so chemical companies can sell more chemicals. That’s what this film we are making wants to awaken people to. It’s about crops modified for resistance to chemicals that are made by the same companies that are peddling the GMO seeds.
It's about big, big money. It's about us being lied to and experimented on. It's about massive corporations in bed with the government, and our government betraying its own people to line various corporate pockets.
This film is also about our own ignorance, a society that has fallen asleep in so many ways, distracted by entertainment and endless diversions, to the detriment of our health, happiness, families and future food security. And finally, it's about our children and how far we will go to protect them, love them, and pass on to them a beautiful, safe, thriving world.
It has been a long hard road making this film, but also very rewarding. We have met so many amazing people along the way, made lifelong friends, and joined a growing community of people, companies, and organizations determined to fight GMOs and big agribusiness, while taking back the land for sustainably grown, organic food.
We pushed ahead with this film on a very tight budget, raising funds as we went, with never quite enough to hire any additional help. It has been a wonderful experience making this film, but an immense amount of work and, at times, also very stressful. We can't thank all of you enough for helping our Kickstarter Campaign be so successful and trigger other donations, moving all of this along at a time when we really needed it. THANK YOU!
We are happy to announce that a significant piece of the fundraising puzzle has come into place. The amazing Canadian/U.S. company Nature's Path, has come on board as a major sponsor of the film! We couldn't think of a better fit as they have been committed to pure organic, non-GMO products from the very beginning. We are proud to have them with us on the journey! We still have more funds to raise to complete the film and are hoping for another major sponsor, as well as a host of smaller sponsorships from organic companies.
For our larger sponsors and all the individuals who have joined with us to make this film, we believe the central question is – “How will we choose to live together on this planet?” It is a question of either exploitation or nurture. Will we suck up all the earth’s resources, poison soil, water, and air with toxic pesticides and herbicides, while industry-bought scientists feed us lab-made food and release genetic mutations into the environment and contaminate the natural world? Or will we stop this madness and commit ourselves to sustainable/regenerative organic agriculture, devoted to the health of society, to nutrition, to family farms and communities?
The stakes are very high, but the choice is ours.
I'll leave you with a short video clip I recently put together after our trip to the San Francisco area for a series of interviews. This particular piece is from our time with Claire Hope Cummings, author of Uncertain Peril, and a truly amazing and gracious advocate for all that is good, true, and beautiful in this world.
I will keep you updated as we continue to work towards completing The GMO Film Project.
Jeremy Seifert is the director of DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste and is currently working on his second documentary – The GMO Film Project.