GMO Foods Documentary Coming to Campus, Oct. 18
This film and the discussion to follow should be of interest to anyone who eats food, as well as those concerned with food security, genetic engineering, agriculture, and the ways in which our society deals with complex scientific issues.
Food Evolution, by Academy Award-nominated director 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 esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time. The film will be shown at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Arkansas Union Theatre. A panel and audience discussion, and reception with food provided, will follow the screening.
Enlisting expert opponents and proponents of GMO technologies, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, this documentary separates the hype and emotion from the science and data to unravel the debate around food, and help audiences reach their own conclusions.
The screening at the University of Arkansas is being organized by the Net Impact and Food Science Club, registered student organizations. Additional support has been provided by the University of Arkansas Sustainability Program, the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, and the U of A System Division of Agriculture.
Ken Korth, professor
Department of Plant Pathology
Fred Miller, agricultural communications
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
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