GardenDrumGMOs – new doco looks at the fear and the facts

Food Evolution is a new documentary by Scott Hamilton Kennedy (released June 2017) that examines the case for and against the safety of genetically-modified food plants.

Because the film doesn’t find supportive evidence that GMOs are unsafe for humans, the film has been called a propaganda piece for the money-hungry GM lobby (including one of the most hated companies in the world – Monsanto) which film-maker Scott Kennedy vehemently denies. Unfortunately such accusations are often a glib put down without really listening to, understanding or properly considering the scientific evidence. And of course, there are also food companies that benefit monetarily from promoting fear surrounding GM technology.

Critics also often confuse and conflate two separate issues – that of the safety of GM food with the ownership of GM intellectual property and the effect on food security, particularly in poorer countries. It’s quite feasible to be pro-GM food as safe, and still against predatory and restrictive practices by companies that sell GM seeds. And of course there is the other side of the food security debate. While organic methods to grow our food might help some things about our planet, that sort of agriculture could not feed the Earth’s rapidly-growing population, or not without turning every bit of arable land into farms, including our rainforests.

That’s not to say that there aren’t those who criticise both the safety of GMOs and the film who are are well-informed. But attacking the film and those who accept the science about GM food with emotion or prejudice, rather than scientific evidence, is a debate stifler, and that’s never a good thing.

As scientist and narrator Neil deGrasse Tyson says:

“the good thing about science is that it’s true whether or not you believe in it.”

 

 

Those in the mainstream press who have reviewed it say:

“A polished and provocative call for activists to be as scientifically minded as they believe they are.”

John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

 

“With a soft tone, respectful to opponents but insistent on the data, “Food Evolution” posits an inconvenient truth for organic boosters to swallow: In a world desperate for safe, sustainable food, G.M.O.s may well be a force for good.”

Daniel M. Gold, The New York Times

 

“…even before the film has been presented in wide release, news of this film has prompted a typical and expected response from anti-biotech activists. They are shouting the tired claims that this is a Monsanto-financed propaganda flick and that nobody should trust it .

Watch for yourself and determine who is lying to you. Is it the politicians, celebrities and scare mongers, or the public, government and company scientists that have dedicated their lives to developing technology to solve problems for people and planet? This film answers that question in remarkable clarity.”

Kevin Folta, Huffington Post

 

“Calm, careful, potentially revolutionary, “Food Evolution” is an iconoclastic documentary on a hot-button topic. Persuasive rather than polemical, it’s the unusual issue film that deals in counterintuitive reason rather than barely controlled hysteria.”

Kenneth Turan, LA Times

 

[As of July 3 2017, Food Evolution is only available in cinema release in the USA. Hopefully it will be available soon in other countries either by cinema release or DVD]

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