Actress Zoe Lister-Jones and director Daryl Wein are weighing in on the GMO labeling debate with their latest film, Consumed. Read the couple's take on the contentious issue, and get a sense of what it means for you and your food.
Last week, one of the biggest decisions affecting consumers' rights in this country was voted on in the Senate, but very few Americans took note. Luckily, the odds were in our favor.
On March 16, a measure to pre-empt states' rights to label GMOs was overturned in Congress. Commonly referred to as The DARK Act (Deny Consumers the Right to Know), this bill would not only reverse pre-existing labeling laws in states such as Vermont, but it would prohibit all states from enacting such laws of their own.
More than 90 percent of Americans are in favor of labeling foods containing genetically modified ingredients. And more than 4 million Americans signed a petition urging the FDA to require labeling of GMO food. So why exactly is this such a divisive issue?
My husband Daryl Wein and I set out to try to answer this question seven years ago, when we began researching the subject of GMOs for our latest film, Consumed. Consumed is the first narrative thriller (not a documentary) to tackle the world of genetically modified organisms.
We wanted to make a film that could unpack the complex potential effects of GMOs on our health and environment while taking the audience on an entertaining ride. With starring turns from Danny Glover, Taylor Kinney, and Victor Garber, we hope it sparks a conversation around these all-too-relevant issues. It's time that we as consumers look into the food we are feeding ourselves and our children.