"Food Evolution" offers "a fresh, provocative perspective on the critical issue of food."
"Food Evolution" offers "a fresh, provocative perspective on the critical issue of food."

Film 'Food Evolution' Explores the Debate Over GMOs

Faculty members from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will discuss the issues surrounding the use of genetically modified organisms, following a showing of the film "Food Evolution" at The Loft Cinema in Tucson on Tuesday.
Sept. 1, 2017
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Summary from The Loft Cinema: "Amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion, 'Food Evolution,' directed by Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy, explores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film, narrated by science communicator Neil DeGrasse Tyson, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time."

The Loft Cinema: https://loftcinema.org/film/food-evolution/

Watch the trailer on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodEvoMovie/videos/292510347859401/

What: 
“Food Evolution” film screening and discussion panel
When: 
Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m.
Where: 
The Loft Cinema, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd.
A scene from Food Evolution directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. (Photo: Courtesy of Black Valley Films)
A scene from Food Evolution directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. (Photo: Courtesy of Black Valley Films)

Mention GMOs and you’ll likely hear a wide range of opinions and opposing viewpoints. Are they good for you, are they bad for you, do you need to be concerned?

The University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is participating as a community partner with The Loft Cinema for the one-night showing of "Food Evolution," a documentary directed by Academy Award-nominated Scott Hamilton Kennedy exploring the use of genetically modified organisms in food and farming.

Immediately following the film, a panel discussion will feature three CALS faculty members and a local farmer:

  • Kenneth Feldmann, professor in the School of Plant Sciences, teaches courses in biotechnology and researches functional genomics. He worked at several plant biotechnology companies before joining the UA.  
  • Melanie Hingle, assistant professor of nutritional sciences and public health, is also a registered dietitian nutritionist with training and experience in health promotion and behavioral sciences, dietary intake assessment, and the design and conduct of studies focused on health behavior change and diabetes prevention.
  • Donato Romagnolo, professor of nutritional and cancer biology in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, is an associate in the Center for Toxicology and member of the Arizona Cancer Center.
  • Arnold Burruel is a cotton, alfalfa and small grains farmer in Pima County. He includes biotech crops such as cotton in the mix of crops that he grows. 

Over the past eight years, Feldmann has taught "The Science Underpinning GMOs and Organics," a one-unit course he designed for undergraduates to help them "understand conventionally- and organically-grown foods, and how GMOs fit in." By the end of the course, students must be able to describe how GMOs are created, and to "critically evaluate and thoroughly discuss with others the benefits and limitations of GMOs." The panel discussion following the film is offered in this spirit.