8. Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) Documentary Film, April 21, 2013
MILLERTON, NY -- The award-winning documentary, Genetic Roulette, the Gamble of Our Lives, will be shown at The Moviehouse, 48 Main Street in Millerton, NY, on Sunday, April 21st, at 11:00 AM. A discussion with Tri-State area organic farmers from Moon in the Pond Farm, Chubby Bunny Farm, and McEnroe Organic Farm will follow the film.
Genetic Roulette is a documentary by best-selling author Jeffrey M. Smith. It was voted Movie of the Year in 2012 by The Solari Report and Viewer's Choice for Transformational Film of the Year in 2012. The film is about genetically modified organisms (GMO's) and the ruined lives of whistleblowing scientists trying to warn the public. GMO's have been outlawed or labeled on food products throughout Europe and some Asian countries but not in the US.
GMO's are thought to be major contributors to rising disease rates. Adults, children, pets, livestock and lab animals have been affected. Symptoms include gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and fertility problems among others when GMO products like soybeans and corn are ingested. GMOs are already hidden ingredients in numerous common food products including vegetable oils and dietary supplements today.
GMO's result from the laboratory process of taking genes from one species and inserting them into another to create a desired trait, such as weed-resistant crops, fast-maturing salmon, and pigs that excrete less phosphorus. But researchers warn of destabilizing whole ecosystems with unpredictable consequences that can never be reversed.
GMO's are promoted as a way to solve the world's food problems, but results indicate otherwise. Fields planted with Roundup resistant seeds in time require stronger pesticide/herbicide use than before, leading to more water contamination. Additionally, pollen from GMO soybean and corn fields have contaminated organic and conventional crops, thereby making owners of such crops vulnerable to patent theft from companies like Monsanto. Estimates of U.S. commercial GMO crops include soy (94%), cotton (90%), canola (90%), sugar beets (95%), corn (88%), Hawaiian papaya (50%+), and over 24,000 acres of zucchini and yellow squash.
There is currently legislation in Connecticut (HB 6519) and other states to label food products containing GMO's. For information, go to http://gmofreect.org/ or http://gmoupdates.wordpress.com/
The film is sponsored by The Berkshire-Litchfield Environmental Council; Scientific Alliance for Education (S.A.F.E.); the North East Community Center, Housatonic Valley Association, and Orion. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, contact Leila Baroody, 860-435-2010, firstname.lastname@example.org, and The Moviehouse, http://www.themoviehouse.net/