How Safe is Our Food?

I found out my food was dangerous through things like expository documentaries or conversations with friends–and later by social media. Those sources taught me that huge corporate farms were poisoning not only me, but the entire environment as well. GMOs, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers. Genetics and chemicals. It was all so clear and easy that I didn’t need experts. But then I got a call to work on project.

The film is KNOW GMO, and the web series is called LEARN GMO. At first I don’t feel like I’m right for it. I’m an open-minded optimist, but I’m also a highly skeptical person. Nick says.“This is a skeptical film.” Nick says.“I’m a hippy. My Dad’s the ag guy. I don’t want an expository doc that presents conclusion I’ started with. I want to do a reflexive documentary–where the film is me finding out how things actually are.”

Okay. So that’s interesting. I love learning. And to me, Devil’s Advocacy is a critical part of knowing anything. We must be willing to challenge our beliefs to ensure they’re true. If Nick’s open to me joining him in exposing scientific falsehoods, then the project does seem to suit me. I sign on with that proviso and I was rewarded with the same huge and fascinating education that Nick received, and that you will receive by seeing what we saw.

First off, a ton of what I/you/they believe(d) isn’t true. Far from frightening, what I learned was fascinating, exciting and inspiring. A huge number of highly trained agriculturists, researchers, and sophisticated PhDs have cooperated with actual farmers all over the world. While we’ve been debating, together they have solved a lot of the challenges that me and my environmentally conscious, health-focused friends care about. But there is still a big problem.

Pessimism is an indulgence. Despair is an insult to the imagination. Wade Davis.I also learned that I had joined my good friends with our genuinely good intentions, and we were all unknowingly paving a road to hell for people in the Third World, and for no good reason. Mistaking our good intentions for good information, we were often fighting against the exact solutions we were seeking. Worse, I learned we’ve been passing that uninformed negativity on to the next generation.

In Episode One Part 1, Nick learns that most of the kids have no interest in working on solutions for the future because they feel the current world is already ruined. That’s a terrifying thought. How would anything ever get solved if no one worked on it because they thought the problem unsolvable? That doesn’t leave a very bright future for Nick’s son or the rest of us.

Rational optimism is at the heart of everything anyone does to make the world better. Smart, talented, experienced and caring people have worked long and hard and they have given us good reasons to be optimistic. While it started ominously, this can be a good news story as long as all of us get educated and do the right thing.

This project doesn’t shy away from difficult truths–and there are some. But if you’ll give it a chance, what it will do is take you on the journey we took. You don’t have to trust us. Give the series a watch. Because we show you how it all works, and it just keeps getting more amazing as we learn more. You’ll be amazed at where we end up because in making this, we really did find out something important that no one else has really noticed in agriculture before now.

Here’s Episode One Part 2. Enjoy:

Click here to watch Episode 2