Food Evolution Documentary Delves Into GMOs

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It achieved a rare 100% critics rating on the “Tomatometer” that’s part of the popular Rotten Tomatoes movie review website. And, it could be coming to a big screen near you.

In an effort to answer the question of how we make informed choices when feeding ourselves, two filmmakers embarked on a journey to delve deeper into the science behind GMOs, or genetically modified organisms.

The documentary released last summer entitled “Food Evolution,” explores the purpose of GMOs, how they can help in today’s food production and why some controversy surrounds them. Narrated by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, the film interviews experts from both sides and gives an all- encompassing view of the strict, scientific facts that may result in some changed minds.

“Science is true, whether or not you believe in it,” Tyson said after a screening at DOC NYC. “If people knew how to understand and process data, and think about it, we wouldn’t even need this film.”

Illinois Farm Bureau (IFB) and county Farm Bureaus have worked together to offer an opportunity for you and others to see the film on the big screen.

“We thought this would be a great opportunity to reach out to consumers with something that we know through research that they are very concerned about,” said Linda Olson, IFB consumer communications specialist.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson, center, narrates “Food Evolution,” directed by Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy, left, and produced by Trace Sheehan, right. You can see it on a big screen throughout Illinois through June. (Photo courtesy of Black Valley Films)

Here’s where and when you and others can see “Food Evolution” on a big screen in Illinois:

  • Peoria, Wednesday, April 4, 6:00 p.m., Bradley University Marty Theater, co-sponsored by Peoria and Woodford County Farm Bureaus
  • Champaign, Sunday, April 8, 1:30 p.m., Art Theater, sponsored by Champaign County Farm Bureau
  • East Peoria, Tuesday, April 10, 6:00 p.m., Illinois Central College Lecture/Recital Hall, co-sponsored by Peoria and Woodford County Farm Bureaus
  • Quad Cities, Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Putnam Museum, Davenport, Iowa, co-sponsored by Henry, Mercer, Rock Island County Farm Bureaus and Scott County (Iowa) Farm Bureau
  • Kankakee, Thursday, June 14, 6:15 p.m., Kankakee Library, sponsored by Kankakee County Farm Bureau.

Most of the screenings feature a panel discussion with scientists, farmers and others about food and farming.

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