“Food Evolution” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

“Food Evolution” Film Screening and Panel Discussion

Food Evolution is a new documentary film about the science of, and controversies around, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), in the tradition of An Inconvenient Truth. The film is narrated by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, and follows scientists and opponents of GMOs as they confront policy issues and each other. Farmers explain their experiences with the technology, and with lack of technology. We need to think about the future of food on a planet with many challenges.

With only 37% of U.S. adults believing GMOs are safe compared to 88% of scientists, there is clearly a misinformation problem. But who is misinformed and why? [Pew Survey (http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/07/23/an-elaboration-of-aaas-scientists-views/)]. Food Evolution seeks to explore this topic by challenging popular beliefs about GMOs, and asking viewers to think about how they evaluate the information and the sources they rely on.

This is the first Boston-area theater viewing opportunity. A post-film discussion panel, moderated by Christopher Lydon of WBUR’s Radio Open Source program, will allow attendees to further discuss the issues of science, the role of filmmaking and media in shaping beliefs, and more, with local scientists and food activists.

Tickets: $14 general / $10 Coolidge members. They can be pre-ordered online or purchased in advance at the box office. http://www.coolidge.org/films/food-evolution

This Food Evolution screening and discussion panel is co-sponsored by MIT Technology Review (https://www.technologyreview.com/), Boston Skeptics (https://www.meetup.com/BostonSkeptics/), The Long Now Boston (https://www.meetup.com/Long-Now-Boston/) group, and the Coolidge Corner Theater (http://www.coolidge.org/).