"Food Evolution" Film Screening and Discussion Panel

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September 5, 2017 7:30 pm

3233 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Movie Poster for Food Evolution

Join the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for this one-night-only film screening in the main theater at The Loft Cinema. The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Mr. Arnold Burruel of Burruel & Burruel Farms, Dr. Donato Romagnolo and Dr. Melanie Hingle from our Department of Nutritional Sciences and Dr. Ken Feldmann from our School of Plant Sciences.

Amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion, 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.

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.

Discussion Panel

Mr. Arnold Burruel, Burruel & Burruel Farms, Marana, Arizona
Mr. 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.

Dr. Melanie Hingle, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Dr. Hingle is an Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Public Health. For more than 15 years she has worked at the intersection of nutrition sciences and public health, with a focus on health promotion and chronic disease prevention in children and families. Dr. Hingle is 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.

Dr. Kenneth Feldmann, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Dr. Feldmann is a Professor of Plant Sciences. His research interests include plant functional genomics and biotechnology, and he teaches biotechnology. Prior to joining UA, Dr. Feldmann was employed at several plant biotechnology companies.

Dr. Donato Romagnolo, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Dr. Romagnolo is Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Cancer Biology. He is co-editor of Bioactive Compounds and Cancer and promotes research that deals with the role of bioactive food components as epigenetic regulators of expression of genes involved in cancer and inflammation.


Bethany Rutledge
Director of Administration and Communications, Office of the Vice President and Dean / CALS Administration