Know GMO includes several plotlines. It’s about different points of view. It’s a story about Genetically Modified Food, and how it’s been setup as the antithesis of Organic Food. It’s a story about boomer fathers and millennial sons. It’s about how Director Nick Saik and his father Rob Saik have taken turned their personal debate into a film designed to help them resolve their differing views on the world and its food supply.
It’s also important to point out that it’s a story about truth versus belief. In today’s world the speed of a conversation and the desire to contribute to it has taken priority over actively listening to an alternate views and attempting to understanding them. We’ve seen a general retraction from the knowledge that science has given us, and this project aims to examine and understand that retraction.
In all the story lines of the film the objective is to find truth and seek the understanding that comes when two perspectives can be reconciled into a common view. In Know GMO and Learn GMO, we are trying to see if the values that lead to Organic methods of production have anything to do with the values that allow Bio-Technology (GMO) to exist as a tool in the food supply chain.
This endeavour will take Nick and Rob to various agricultural centres around the world where they will gain depth in their understanding of the world’s agriculture challenges. Food production in Hawaii, Kenya, Uganda, Argentina, all have specific needs and concerns to address, and they all have different views on the various technologies they use on their farms to help solve their unique problems.
The film uncovers the definition of quality in food as it’s seen by different individuals, organizations, and countries. Understanding what quality means from different perspectives allows Nick to reconcile the values of opposing groups. Know GMO and Learn GMO aim to help Organic supporters and GMO supporters find enough understanding between them to allow everyone to allay their fears so that all of us can contribute to the world’s food conversation.
Stick with us. This is where that conversation happens.