Event Details

Date:
Thursday, 09 August 2018 - Thursday, 09 August 2018
Time:
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Room:
Steele Building - Room 03-309
UQ Location:
Steele Building (St Lucia)
URL:
https://www.vision6.com.au/em/forms/subscribe.php?db=508147&s=168916&a=23336&k=6b66dc1
Event category(s):

Event Contact

Name:
Ms Rosalind Boulton
Phone:
3346 7795
Email:
science.events@uq.edu.au
Org. Unit:
Science

Event Description

Full Description:
Join Professor Alison Van Eenennaam from the University of California, Davis, for a screening of the movie Food Evolution, followed by an audience discussion.

Amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion, FOOD
EVOLUTION, by Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy
(The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), 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.

In the GMO debate, both pro and anti camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right?

FOOD EVOLUTION shows how easily misinformation, confusion and fear can
overwhelm objective analysis. How do we ensure that our food supply is safe, and that
everyone has enough to eat? How do we feed the world while also protecting the planet?
Has genetic engineering increased or decreased pesticide use? Are GMO foods bad for
your health? And, most importantly, what data, evidence and sources are we using to
approach these important questions?

While the passionate advocates in the film are all concerned with the stewardship of
safe, nutritious food for the planet, their differing views over what constitutes the truth
have pit them against each other, rendering the very subject of food itself into an
ideological battleground.

Enlisting experts such as Mark Lynas, Michael Pollan, Alison Van Eenennaam,
Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Vandana Shiva, Robert Fraley, Marion Nestle and Bill Nye, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, this bold and necessary documentary separates the hype and emotion from the science and data to unravel the debate around food, and help audiences reach their own conclusions. In a debate in which all sides claim to be on the side of science, FOOD EVOLUTION brings a fresh perspective to one of the most critical issues facing global society today.

FOOD EVOLUTION (2016, USA, 92 min) Directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy.
Narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. Featuring Bill Nye, Mark Lynas, Michael Pollan and
Jeffrey Smith. Produced and Written by Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Trace Sheehan.
Edited by Alex Blatt. Cinematography by Larkin Donley.

Directions to UQ

Google Map:
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To St Lucia Campus, UQ Ipswich, and UQ Gatton.

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