Directed by Amy Hart and Jeffrey Smith
Butterflies & Bees Productions
There are many families trying to do everything right—they “eat healthy,” exercise and stay away from smoking or excessive alcohol—but they are still not healthy. Kathleen’s family is one example we see in this movie. Every family member had serious chronic conditions ranging from tumors to autism to chronic paralyzing pain. Their doctors couldn’t tell them why this was happening, but Kathleen noticed when she looked around the waiting room that it was happening to a lot of people.
So Kathleen and her family had to figure out what was going on for themselves. And they did. Now, they are all healthy and have had no chronic issues for a couple of years. How did they do it? Is there some new wonder drug we all need to know about? A new herb or other supplement? A new alternative medical procedure? Did they do a juice fast? No, no, no and no. It’s not so much what they did do as what they did not do. They stopped eating dangerous, highly toxic substances that are commonly sold as food. More specifically, they stopped consuming genetically modified (GMO) foods.
Unfortunately for many other Americans, the dangers of Frankenfoods are still below the radar. Many who have heard of GMO foods believe the industry’s claims that they are safe or “substantially equivalent” to natural foods. The film tells us about Michael Taylor, who created the policy of “substantial equivalence,” which has helped GMO manufacturers dodge much of the safety testing that would otherwise be required. Taylor has been through the revolving door between high levels of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Monsanto a few times. High-level people from GMO producers like Monsanto would never lie to us, would they?
This movie follows a common-sense path to make the following point: About 80 percent of GMO crops are Roundup-Ready. This means that most Frankenfoods are sprayed with Monsanto’s most popular herbicide to kill weeds. Even wheat—not (yet) a GMO crop—is often sprayed with Roundup. The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which the World Health Organization has classified as a probable carcinogen. The Roundup-Ready plants have been engineered to survive this poison, but have we? Have the bacteria in our gut that are critical to good health and digestion been engineered to survive this poison?
In the film, we get some great information from Anthony Samsel, who obtained the “Monsanto secret documents” from the EPA that show the adverse health effects of glyphosate; Jeffrey Smith, anti-GMO consumer advocate, author of Seeds of Deception and past speaker at Wise Traditions conferences; Dr. David Perlmutter, New York Times best-selling author of Grain Brain; Dr. Michelle Perro, renowned pediatrician and author of What’s Making Our Children Sick?; and Dr. Marcia Schaefer, who successfully works with couples who previously couldn’t get pregnant or carry to term.
An important point is that this information is not just hysteria from some tinfoil hat on the web or a movie with an agenda. Monsanto knows this information. Monsanto has studied the health effects of glyphosate—and its studies showed that glyphosate is potentially deadly—but it has been trying to cover up this information ever since those studies were done. This has been confirmed in a recent court case that Monsanto lost. The thumb is UP for this movie.
This article appeared in Wise Traditions in Food, Farming and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation, Winter 2018