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GMO film to launch adult series at Earthplace

Updated 9:02 am, Friday, June 20, 2014
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A screening of the documentary film "GMO OMG," followed by a discussion about genetically modified organisms in food supplies, is planned Thursday evening, June 26, at Earthplace, The Nature Discovery Center

Screening of the 2013 film is scheduled at 7 p.m. at the Woodside Lane center and kicks off a new series of environmental education programs for adults and high school students, Earthplace said.

Tickets are $7 in advance, $9 at the door if seats are still available, and includes a 6:30 p.m. reception with light refreshments.

Earthplace said the post-film discussion will include an anti-GMO activist, an organic grower who opposes GMOs and a toxicologist.

Director Jeremy Seifert's film explores the gradual takeover of the seed industry by corporations, the state of the global food system and how GMOs affect children, the health of the planet and freedom of choice.

Scheduled to discuss the film are Ellen McCormick, co-founder of GMOFreeCT, a group that says GMOs are dangerous; Michelle Fracasso, an anti-GMO organic grower and sustainability advocate; and David Brown, a toxicologist and director of Public Health Toxicology for Environment and Human Health Inc.

The June 26 screening is the first in what Earthplace plans as a series of adult programs on environmental issues to be held periodically on Thursday evenings.

In July, Earthplace plans to show "Trashed," a documentary about the global waste system, followed by a Q&A session, according to Sarah S. Ferrante, its development and marketing director.

Earthplace envisions about six programs in the series annually, she said, and is working on a fall lineup.

For advance tickets to "GMO OMG," visit www.bit.ly/GMO_OMG.