As the new documentary Food Evolution observes, "the three most terrifying letters in the English language are GMO".
On September 12 the University of Alberta Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences sponsored a screening
of the documentary about the science of, and the societal reaction to, genetically modified foods. As a Faculty, AELS has a strong focus on the safety and sustainability of the food supply and how that can be achieved while taking into account societal and cultural attitudes, preferences, and needs.
The film makers started out with much of that in mind as well, but the polarizing debate over GMOs soon dominated the discussion wherever they went and became the focus for the film.
Food Evolution is a feature length film directed by Oscar-nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy and it will be in general release later in the Fall. It is narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson who was also a script consultant.
After the Edmonton screening there was a panel discussion that included U of A professors Graham Plastow
and Ellen Goddard
who also work with projects funded by Genome Alberta. Freelance broadcaster Don Hill attended the event to talk to the audience and the panelists, and prepared this podcast for us.