Feast on Facts: Free FOOD EVOLUTION film shown

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With all the confusion around GMOs and food these days, how do we make the best decisions about how we feed ourselves?

The FOOD EVOLUTION film follows notable events around the discussion of GMO crops
covering the Hawaiian GMO ban, the cornfields of the Midwest to banana ‘gardens’ in Uganda, and public debate in New York City. This documentary addresses the evidence driving one of the most important and impassioned debates of our time.

The movie, FOOD EVOLUTION will be shown at the Egyptian Theater in DeKalb on Monday, November 27 beginning at 7 p.m. This film is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The film runs 1 hour and 32 minutes. It is a new documentary from Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, with narration by science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson.

FOOD EVOLUTION is a fully independent investigation into biotechnology, interviewing
experts on both sides of the aisle and including multiple points of view. Commissioned by the Institute of Food Technologists, the film shows how easily misinformation can overwhelm objective analysis.

Some of the topics include:

  • Are consumers capable of applying science to emotionally charged topics?
  • How do we ensure that GMOs and our food supply are safe for our health?
  • Can we produce enough food to feed the world without harming the planet?
  • Has growing genetically engineered food increased or decreased pesticide use?
  • What data, evidence and sources are we using to approach these important questions?

After the film, the audience is invited to stay for the panel discussion with scientists and farmers. Panelists include: Dr. Kevin Folta, NIU graduate and Professor and Chairman of the
Horticultural Sciences Department at the University of Florida; Dr. Joel Stafstrom, Associate
Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at NIU; Lynn Byington, fifth generation farm woman from Waterman and National Sales Manager with Crop Risk Services; and Jamie Walter, fifth generation farmer and ag entrepreneur of DeKalb. The panel discussion will be moderated by Tim Suter, President and CEO of Suter Company of Sycamore.

The film showing is being hosted by DeKalb County Farm Bureau, Northern Illinois University Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability and Energy, and Northern Illinois University Department of Biological Sciences. For more information contact the DeKalb County Farm Bureau, 815-756- 6361.