By Grant Jacobs 27/08/2018

Food Evolution, the movie, is screening at Queenstown at the end of the month. If you’re in the area, check it out.

It’s free: you just have to register at EventBrite. The screening and panel discussion is in the Clancy’s Meeting Room, Level 5, Rydges Lakeland Resort, from 7pm on Fri. 31 August.

The film is narrated by well-known science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson,

Amidst a brutally polarizing debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion the FOOD EVOLUTION movie expolores the controversy surrounding GMOs and food. Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, the film, narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, wrestles with the emotions and the science driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.
In the GMO debate, both pro- and anti- camps claim science is on their side. Who’s right?

The New York Times describes the movie as,

“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. This documentary may not change your mind, but it will make you consider what caused you to decide in the first place.”

Movie review website Rotten Tomatoes rates it highly.

You can watch a trailer for the movie on YouTube,

This week is Queenstown Research Week, when many research conferences are held in the resort town.

If you’d like to host a screening of the movie, there is a contact link (button) at the bottom of the screenings page of the Food Evolution website.

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I won’t be there, unfortunately, as I’m currently overseas. I’d love to the see the movie—it’d be interesting to see how the approached the subject. It’s also be great to meet others interested in this topic.

The Food Evolution website indicates that the movie might be able to be viewed online, but I wasn’t able to (hence not linking this). This might reflect regional content control issues.

About the featured image

It’s the advertising billboard for the movie, copyright Food Evolution LLC.

0 Responses to “Food Evolution – screening at Queenstown August 31st”

  • Love to hear what people thought of the film.

    What did you think worked, or didn’t work? Perhaps the style isn’t to NZer’s tastes?