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Food Evolution (2016)

TV-PG | | Documentary | 23 June 2017 (USA)
Using the controversy over genetically-modified foods as its entry point, 'Food Evolution' shows how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis.

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Food Evolution looks at one of the most critical questions facing the world today-that of food security-and demonstrates the desperate need for common sense, solid information, and calm logical deliberation. Using the often angry and emotional controversy over genetically-modified foods as its entry point, Food Evolution shows how easily fear and misinformation can overwhelm objective, evidence-based analysis. Food Evolution takes the position that science and scientists hold the key to solving the food crisis. But whose science? In the GMO debate, both sides claim science is on their side. Who's right? How do we figure this out? What does this mean for the larger issues of food security, sustainability, and environmental well-being? Food Evolution seeks to answer these critically important questions. Written by Future Food 2050

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Recommended, with Some Caveats
14 October 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film does show both sides of this issue, but it leans towards arguments to support the potential benefits of GMOs. Like most all doc films, the bias come across in the tone and in the amount of footage which highlights certain viewpoints. Did the filmmaker select the most astute anti-GMO people, to be as fair-handed as possible? Not at all.

Most of the anti-GMO people in the film came across as preachy extremists. In one scene, there's a public debate between both sides, and the anti-GMO people resembled buffoons.

One thing the film did not seem to address: there are no studies on the long term effects of GMOs, many years after they're consumed. Because GMOs were introduced only about 23 years ago, I don't consider the current studies to be iron-clad. Coffee is bad, coffee is good--you know the deal--studies reveal new warnings, and then contradict themselves years later.

I'm accustomed to Q&A sessions after screenings. But the brief verbal "survey" (survey?) given by the Director came off as simplistic, consisting of extremely broad questions. When one viewer expressed frustration about the film, the Director responded in testy, defensive tone. Perhaps he was burned out from battling complaints from anti-GMO activists. In contrast, when other viewers squealed their praise for his film, the Director was gracious. It was an odd few moments.

I would somewhat recommend this film.

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