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“Food Evolution” documentary to be screened at UW-Madison – Oct. 24

In the GMO debate, both pro and anti-camps claim science is on their side. Who is right? The documentary film “Food Evolution” tackles this and other tough questions. The film will be screened Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Marquee Theater at Union South.

The documentary shows how easily misinformation, confusion and fear can overwhelm objective analysis. How do we ensure that our global 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?

Enlisting experts such as Mark Lynas, 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.

There will be an opportunity to discuss the film and ask questions during an informal panel featuring UW-Madison faculty studying food and agriculture and a columnist from Forbes Magazine shortly after the screening. The film screening is open to students, faculty, staff and members of the community. The screening is sponsored by the Collegiate Farm Bureau at UW-Madison, the UW-Madison Department of Plant Pathology, and the UW-Madison Food Research Institute.

For more information, please contact Jordan Gaal at 920-222-0413 or uwcfbcomms@gmail.com.

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