Do you know what GMO stands for? If you do not you are like most American’s that have no idea what it stands for either. Neither did the documentary film maker of the GMO Project until his discovery of GMOs through the symbolic act of poor Haitian farmers burning seeds in defiance of Monsanto’s gift of 475 tons of hybrid corn and vegetable seeds to Haiti shortly after the devastating earthquake of January 2010.
After a journey to Haiti to learn why hungry farmers would burn seeds, the real awakening of what has happened to our food in the US, what we are feeding our families, and what is at stake for the global food supply unfolds in a trip across the United States and other countries in search of answers. Are we at a tipping point? Is it time to take back our food? The encroaching darkness of unknown health and environmental risks, seed take over, chemical toxins, and food monopoly meets with the light of a growing resistance of organic farmers, concerned citizens, and a burgeoning movement to take back what we have lost.
Today in the United States, by the simple act of feeding ourselves, we unwittingly participate in the largest experiment ever conducted on human beings. Massive agro-chemical companies like Monsanto (Agent Orange) and Dow (Napalm) are feeding us genetically-modified food, GMOs, that have never been fully tested and aren’t labeled. This small handful of corporations is tightening their grip on the world’s food supply—buying, modifying, and patenting seeds to ensure total control over everything we eat. We still have time to heal the planet, feed the world, and live sustainably. But we have to start now! http://gmofilm.com/
Sarah Rae Trover from OdeeOh.com, a website geared towards family and child development, points out a specific moment in the film below that shares a great concept that we can do for our children today… for tomorrow.
Watch the above video if you have a moment, if not, feel free to skip to the 3:24 mark. There you’ll find Finn. Finn is collecting seeds. All the seeds. He knows the process is simple. Grow a plant from one seed, gather hundreds more.
There’s a quick shot of Finn’s seed packets that say Finn’s garden. What if along with a college fund or a new car we set a goal to send our children out into the world with a garden? With all the seeds they needed to be sustainable? To grow their own food, to take their life and their health into their own hands. To be able to provide for themselves and a family.
According to Sarah Rae Trover at OdeeOh.com,
In the coming years education about what to eat will be as important as the steps to acquire such things and participation in this process can only help spread word that we’re looking for the best quality possible for our families. It doesn’t matter where you stand on this nutritional debate, the idea of starting a seed collection, no matter what the purpose, is still a great one. It’s a perfect hobby to start, even for little ones!
Learn more about this video and project from GMO FILM PROJECT