What Happens When You Walk Into Monsanto And Start Asking Questions

What Happens When You Walk Into Monsanto And Start Asking Questions

In short: They’re not thrilled. The director of the new documentary GMO OMG explains.

posted on September 13, 2013 at 3:12pm EDT

Jeremy Seifert’s new documentary GMO OMG, opening Friday in New York City, poses an alarming question: “IS THIS THE END OF REAL FOOD?”

As part of his quest to understand genetically modified crops (GMO = “genetically modified organism”), the companies that make them, and what their impact could be on the millions of humans who eat them, writer and director Seifert filmed himself walking into a Monsanto facility “to see if they’ll chat me up a little bit.”

Monsanto, in case you’re not up to speed, is one of the world’s most successful and intensely loathed biotech companies — successful enough to have just contributed $4.5 million to fight Washington state’s Proposition I-522, requiring labels on food containing GMOs, as well as spending $8.1 million to help defeat a similar law in California last year. Monsanto is the biggest of the big three companies (along with DuPont and Dow Chemical) that make up well over half of the world’s proprietary GMO seed industry (seeds that are patented and owned by the companies that develop them, rather than the farmers who grow them): they produce about 90% of all the soybeans in America.

Well, here’s how the visit worked out:

“I know people are comparing this to Michael Moore,” Seifert told BuzzFeed (they are). “But I was trying to not go into the building with the camera man and his huge camera right behind, because then of course you’re going to get kicked out. The mic was totally hidden, and the hope was that I would just be this dude walking in with no camera, so it wouldn’t be threatening in that way.”

via What Happens When You Walk Into Monsanto And Start Asking Questions.