Helmer Jeremy Seifert wonders what he can safely feed his family in activist docu “GMO OMG,” an Everyman companion to Kristin Canty’s “Farmageddon” that combines the folksy charm of Taggart Siegel’s “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” and the frightening facts of Robert Kenner’s “Food, Inc.” His concern: Unlike many other countries in the world where genetically modified organisms are banned due to unknown health and environmental risks, the U.S. is full of them, and they aren’t fully tested or even labeled. Pic should sprout at other fests and, with critical support, stands a chance of specialty release.
At times operating like a more naive Michael Moore, Seifert talks to farmers, environmentalists and politicians who indict the massive agrochemical corporations that spend enormous sums to prevent government oversight of their products and are responsible for Earth’s diminishing biodiversity. He also visits repositories of hope such as the Seed Savers Exchange in Decorah, Iowa, and the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, built into the permafrost of a Norwegian mountain. Pithy animation and alarming statistical graphics punctuate the attractive lensing, but the pic includes a tad too much of the helmer’s kids.