GMO OMG

I watched this film the other day and renewed my disgust and dismay over the damage being done by GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) to our health and to the environment.

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At the start of the film we learn about the people of Haiti who refused seed donated by one industry giant and had the insight to recognize the motive behind this donation. They wanted to continue planting their own seeds, retain their right to those seeds, and not become indebted to the industry giant.

You may or may not have heard about the battles being fought over our Right to Know and to mandate labelling of GMOs. The fact that we are still fighting for the simple right to know what we are putting in our bodies and what we are feeding to our families while many other countries have enjoyed this right for years is frustrating and downright shameful.

The industry argues that there will be added cost to change the labels but the items they export to other countries are already being labelled! And they argue that if people see “genetically modified” on the label they won’t want to buy it. Doesn’t that prove that people don’t want GMOs and/or don’t trust that they are safe? Few long term studies have been done on the impacts of GMOs and one such study that is discussed in this film was later discredited for questionable reasons.

This film also reminded me of he sad truth that many people are not even aware of what is happening to our food supply. Have you ever asked your family members, friends, or coworkers if they know what a GMO is? Or if they are aware that 80-90% (or more!) of corn, canola, soy, cotton, and sugar beet crops are genetically modified?? And that over 80% of packaged goods contain GMOs???

We need more education and awareness around this topic and it seems we the people need to be the ones to spread the word. Watch this film and share it with your community.

To get the movie or learn more about it go to gmofilm.com

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Fed Up

This is a film everyone needs to watch. The vast majority of us are overwhelmed by the varying arguments about what we should and shouldn’t eat and end up trusting those whose job it is to sell us a product (regardless of whether it’s good for us or not) to provide us guidance on what we should be eating.

Did you know sugar has been proven to be as addictive as drugs like cocaine and heroin?
Did you know 80% of the products on the grocery store shelves have added sugar?

Consumption of sugar drives cravings for more putting us into a vicious cycle of unhealthy eating and feelings of guilt and failure. And artificial sweeteners are no better! Did you know people who drink artificially sweetened beverages are more likely to be overweight? Artificial sweeteners have been proven to case cravings as well! When our body tastes the sweet flavor but never gets the sugar to fulfill that expectation we get more cravings.

And while many people need to be more active that is not the whole solution! We need nutrition education starting with kids in school – and I mean real nutrition, not a skewed version that supports the avalanche of unhealthy low-fat, fat-free, sugar-free, protein-added, fiber-added, franken-foods being marketed with meaningless tags such as “wholesome”, “natural”, and even “healthy”. Most school lunches are packed with sugar, starches, and salt – not what kids need to get started off right for optimal health. The rates of type 2 diabetes in children is on the incline.

And there is the major issue of affordability and availability. The general belief is that it’s too expensive to eat healthy, but there are options to eat healthy on a budget including shopping at farmer’s markets, buying a CSA share, or growing your own produce in your garden!

For those who do not have these options we have a gap that needs to be addressed. Healthy foods need to be made available to all people of all economic statues. The wrong foods are being subsidized and the cheapest foods in most markets are the most unhealthy. Why are we not subsidizing greens and carrots and apples??

I encourage you to watch this film and spread the word. Have your friends over for dinner and a movie! It may just change your life, and theirs as well!

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Killer at Large: Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat

This film focuses on the ever-expanding obesity epidemic and what we could be doing to combat this silent threat. Topics discussed include the school lunch program and government policies that are causing continuing health and weight issues. You will see the story of a 12 year old girl who undergoes liposuction to try to fix her weight issue, showing the disturbing rise in drastic weight-loss measures in younger patients. Includes interviews with public figures, authors, and experts including Bill Clinton, Ralph Nader, and Michael Pollan.

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King Corn

In this informative film 2 college graduates move to Iowa to plant and grow an acre of corn and try to trace it from its origins to where it ends up in the food chain to help them understand how analysis of the carbon in their hair shows corn as the major source. Through their experience we get a behind the scenes view of the production cycle, from the purchase of GMO seeds, through the growing cycle with plentiful use of potent herbicides, to the harvesting and sale of their crop. As they learn the ins and outs of subsidies and supply and demand they also learn how this grain is so widely produced and used for a variety of products, from a multitude of food additives to ethanol to livestock feed, that is virtually impossible to trace from source to end product.

View the trailer at this website: http://www.kingcorn.net/

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Genetic Chile

An up-close look at the impending introduction of GMOs into yet another crop, this film centers around New Mexico’s green chile and the controversy around genetically engineering this revered pepper that residents feel is part of their heritage. New Mexico State University received a government grant to produce GMO green chiles and is beginning research while the community is fighting back and the local farmers are trying to prevent these organisms from being introduced into the crops. Includes discussion around safety, crop production and health, and impact to local industry. Great info about GMOs that every needs to know!

Read more from the filmmaker here: http://revolutionarysharing.wordpress.com/film/

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Also check out Genetic Roulette for more info on GMOs.

Dive! Living Off America’s Waste

An astonishing amount of food gets thrown away everyday by supermarkets all across the country. This film is about a few individuals who regularly visit supermarket dumpsters to retrieve some of the wasted food. With millions in LA still going hungry, they work with food rescue organizations to try to get more supermarkets involved and less food into the dumpsters. This is an important topic that needs more visibility to reduce the disturbing volume of food that is ending up in dumpsters when it could be going to those in need. Search “food rescue” to find organizations in your area so you can get involved!

View the trailer here: http://www.divethefilm.com/trailer.aspx

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Hungry for Change

Another terrific informative offering by the creators of Food Matters. This film focuses on the diet, weight loss and food industries and how they keep people locked in a vicious cycle trying one diet after another. Includes discussion about the addictive nature of processed products and the guaranteed failure of the products offered by the diet industry. Featuring Joe Cross (Fat Sick and Nearly Dead), Alejandro Junger (author of “Clean”), Jamie Oliver (Food Revolution), and many other well known authors, experts, and wellness advocates.

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Food, Inc.

Food, Inc. reveals the dangers of factory farming and how easily food contamination occurs when the focus is on quantity and speed of processing. Includes undercover footage and interviews with Michael Pollan (author of “The Omnivores Dilemma”) and farmer Joel Salatin (Polyface Farms).

You can read more about it and view the trailer here