Food Evolution


Followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Kenneth Feldmann, Dr. Melanie Hingle,  Dr. Donato Romagnolo from the University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Arnold Burruel, a small grains farmer at Burruel & Burruel Farms. Special thanks to our community partner for this screening, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

From Academy Award-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), and narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, Food Evolution is set amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food.

“A polished and provocative call for activists to be as scientifically-minded as they believe they are.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter

Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, Food Evolution wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time. Enlisting experts and icons of the struggle 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 from the science to unravel the debate around food. In the GMO debate, both pro- and anti- camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right? (Dir. by Scott Hamilton Kennedy, 2017, USA, 92 mins., Not Rated)

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. 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. 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 Cancerand promotes research that deals with the role of bioactive food components as epigenetic regulators of expression of genes involved in cancer and inflammation.

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.