In the 2013 documentary ‘GMO OMG’, Jeremy Seifert set off to investigate the effect genetically modified organisms could be having on us and on our environment. In the film we get the chance to meet his family – including his son Finn.
We love this conversation between father and son that gives us a peek into Finn’s relationship with nature and his thoughts about seeds and sustainability.
Q: Finn, what do you like about seeds?
Seeds are really amazing because it’s something hard, and when you take care of it and put it in the ground and water it, it grows a plant, and without plants we couldn’t live.
Q: What do you think about how a tiny seed can grow into something so big?
It’s almost like somebody made a shrink ray and shrunk a little tree and put it inside of a little thing but then after time, the shrink doesn’t work anymore and it gets big again.
Q: What about the fact that if you plant one seed and then later that one plant produces thousands – or even millions - of other seeds?
It’s like if you plant one seed, and take care of it, there’s going to be billions of more seeds. So it’s pretty special ‘cause one seed is almost like hundreds of seeds if it’s taken care of.
Q: What’s your favourite thing to do in the garden?
I think planting things. And taking care of other things that I’ve planted. I just like to walk around and look at everything how it’s doing and growing, all the things it attracts, like bees and butterflies and ladybugs and beetles.
Q: Remember when we drove through Iowa and we saw endless fields of genetically modified corn? What do you think about that compared to the heritage farm where we saw this vast biodiversity of colour and life?
Well, with GMOs they plant lots of one thing over and over and over and over and over again every single year in the same place. I don’t think that’s really good for the soil to have the same thing in the same spot every single year.
Q: And what does that do for weeds and bugs?
It would ruin the soil and some bugs are actually eating pesticides and stuff and also weeds, so now even bugs are getting harder to kill.
Q: How does it make you feel knowing that so much biodiversity is being lost because of deforestation and just the way so much food is being grown with herbicides?
Yeah, we’re really losing lots of plants and stuff, and lots of species of animals too.
Q: If you could tell other kids about seeds or plants or gardening, what would you say?
I’d at least want them to know, and show them, to start planting little things that are really easy to grow like beans. Then they could start growing other things that are a little bit harder like garlic.
Q: Do you want other kids to appreciate how magic seeds are?
I want lots of people to know how amazing seeds are, because lots of people don’t really know what a little tiny seed can really do. A seed can turn into a beautiful thing or grow into a tree that gives us firewood, or we can hang a swing from it and it gives us shade. Also one other thing that’s not really about seeds but it makes seeds actually happen, survive, is bees – because most people just smash a bee or run away when they see him. But there are really not that many anymore, and without bees we couldn’t live.