You can watch the movie for free at geneticroulettemovie.com until October 31, 2012. (Be sure to take a look at the sponsors and thank them by buying their products.)
UPDATE (Jan 29, 2013) There is another free screening here until February 3rd.
UPDATE (Nov 2, 2013) Watch it free this week here!
Before I watched this movie, I knew GMOs were bad but I rationalized it. I figured if it was on the shelves it must not be that bad. It was easier not to know.
This video does an amazing job at explaining what a GMO (genetically modified organism) is, and why they are so, so, very dangerous. I don’t get angry or riled up often, but this movie got my blood boiling. For those of you just learning about GMOs, they are any living thing that has had their genes messed with by modern science. 88% of all corn and 94% of all soy products have been genetically modified. One example is Bt corn, corn that has had the genes of a bacterium grafted into it’s own DNA. This gene makes a toxin that splits open the stomachs of insects that eat the corn, killing them. There has only been one study done in humans. It found the pesticide produced by the corn in the blood of women, pregnant women, and their fetuses¹. I cannot express how angry this makes me. While there have been no studies that show the long term affect this has on humans, it is very likely that it leads to food allergies, auto immune diseases, and many other gastrointestinal problems. Since I suffer from these myself, this information struck a chord with me.
The video goes into the many illnesses that have been linked to GMOs, from food allergies to autism to heart disease. They do a much better job with it, so I will let you watch it and see for yourself. I know it is long, and in our busy lives time is a precious commodity. However, I cannot say how helpful this movie has been. It clarified many things, and convinced me to never buy or eat genetically modified foods. I found the first part to be the most eye opening. The second half, well, it was also eye opening. But the first half talks more about what the GMOs are doing to our health. The second half is more about the politics and how the big companies are getting away with pulling the wool over our eyes. If you didn’t manage to get to the end (I didn’t the first time I watched) there are some resources given to help find non-GMO food. I know I will be using them. Nongmoshoppingguide.com has a categorized list of safe foods, and they have an iPhone app so you can take it with you. Nongmoproject.com is a movement to certify and label products of being free from genetically modified ingredients. ThRey currently have 400 brands enrolled, and they are growing. The only way we can convince companies to not use GMOs is to refuse to buy them. If there is no profit in using genetically modified ingredients they will no longer be on our grocery store shelves. Our options as a nation are to spend a little more on groceries and live healthy productive lives, or spend a lot more on medical costs and be weakened by chronic illness and disease.
- Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada” by A. Aris and S. Leblanc [Reprod. Toxicol. 31 (2011) 528-533].