Special Screening of Documentary Film 'FOOD EVOLUTION'

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
2:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Please join us for a special screening of 'FOOD EVOLUTION' with a panel discussion where the film's director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Stanford experts in the field of food security will discuss what "GMO" and "organic" mean for the health of your family and the environment. Pamela Ronald, coauthor of the book Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food which helped inspire the movie will also be hosting a book signing during the reception following the event.

This event is free and open to the public.











Date: 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16

Location: Vidalakis Dining Hall, Schwab Residential Center, 680 Serra St., Stanford, CA 94305 with panel and reception to follow.


Amidst a brutally polarized debate marked by passion, suspicion and confusion, FOOD EVOLUTION, by Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden, Fame High, OT: Our Town), explores 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? FOOD EVOLUTION shows how easily misinformation, confusion and fear can overwhelm objective analysis. How do we ensure that our food supply is safe, and that everyone has enough to eat? How do we feed the world while also protecting the planet? Has genetic engineering increased or decreased pesticide use? Are GMO foods bad for your health? And, most importantly, what data, evidence and sources are we using to approach these important questions?

While the passionate advocates in the film are all concerned with the stewardship of safe, nutritious food for the planet, their differing views over what constitutes the truth have pit them against each other, rendering the very subject of food itself into an ideological battleground.

Enlisting experts such as Mark Lynas, Michael Pollan, 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 and emotion from the science and data to unravel the debate around food, and help audiences reach their own conclusions. In a debate in which all sides claim to be on the side of science, FOOD EVOLUTION brings a fresh perspective to one of the most critical issues facing global society today.


Scott Hamilton Kennedy, FOOD EVOLUTION Director/Academy Award® nominee, writer, director, producer, cameraman, and editor

Ertharin Cousin, Payne Distinguished Lecturer, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies/Visiting Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment/Distinguished Fellow of Global Agriculture, Chicago Council on Global Affairs/Former Executive Director, World Food Programme  

Pamela Ronald, Visiting Professor, Center on Food Security and the Environment/Distinguished Professor, Plant Pathology and the Genome Center, UC Davis/ Director, UC Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy/co-author “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food"


Rosamond Naylor, Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies