Thursday, February 18, 2016

Journal Four: Kristen

GMO OMG Review:                                   
For or Against GMOs?
The film GMO OMG, by Jeremy Seifert, seemed to be well put together. A person could easily tell the passion that Seifert has towards the pressing issue of GMOs. His side was for no GMO. Seifert included handfuls upon handfuls of statistics to help emphasize his stance on the matter. One of which being that there are 60 countries that require GMO labeling and yet the U.S. struggles to have or keep one single state with that requirement. It was mentioned that Monsanto threatened to sue the states that did pass GMO labeling law and as a result the law was dismissed. The main reason, I found from personal research and from watching this film, that these genetically modified seeds are being used to help resolve the world hunger issue. Well, according to one person from the film, "After 30 years of side by side comparisons between organic and chemical agriculture, the rod ale farming systems trial proved that organic yields match conventional yields." It seems as if Seifert really did his homework on this one. When he went to one of the Monsanto headquarters, they shoed him out like a bug and refused to share information. Steifert brought up that if they refused to say anything that there must be something they are hiding and if it is safe then why hide it? I think this video was very informative and put together well, although, it was biased on the side of anti-GMO and not much information for pro-GMO was shared other than the fact that it will help with world hunger which is highly doubtful considering that is just like saying we can finally have world peace. It's just not going to happen.


  1. I think its wrong how they wont give information about what they put in our food and expecting people to ignore it without even knowing if GMOs are harmful for us in the long run. I liked how they use the seeds to help stop starvation in other countries but whats the point of having them if they refuse to eat them because they are not natural.

  2. Okay, I am glad you mentioned that 60 countries already require GMO labeling. I didn't write that in my own notes. I wanted to write about that in my essay, but I couldn't remember how many countries there was or the company Monsanto. My brain kept shifting to Montana, which is obviously not the same thing. I, for one, kept wondering why Monsanto would be so afraid of people openly knowing their reliance on GMOs. The only two answers I could come up with were: people would stop buying their products OR whatever they're using to modify their goods must be some seriously unsettling stuff. If I were to use the picture that you posted to describe my own beliefs on the matter then I'd probably be trapped on that little island because I can't honestly decide where I am on the issue. I see the possible health risks, but I also understand why some individuals believe that GMOs are a necessity for the world to continue to thrive.


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