Festival film about GMOs preys on people’s fears

The Maui Film Festival has yet another film about genetically modified organisms that even the author, Jeremy Seifert, admits is based only loosely on any science. This is very irresponsible for the film festival to call this an eye-opening film when it is so full of untruths like “World Health Organization is one of many groups that question the safety of genetically engineered products.”

However, the WHO has been consistent in its position on GMOs: “No effects on human health have been shown as a result of the consumption of GM foods by the general population in the countries where they have been approved.”

See more on the inconsistencies of this film at www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/elements/2013/09/whats-wrong-with-jeremy-seiferts-omg-gmo.html.

This is a very important and controversial topic. Let’s be responsible and not promote films that prey on people’s fears by feeding them information presented as fact but not based on fact just so the filmmaker and festival can make money.

Sally Irwin