Plant breeding doesn’t generally inspire filmmakers. But genetic engineering — the process that creates “GMO” crops — has already sparked a couple of dozen documentaries, typically with alarmist titles and questionable content. They’re often well-made, and frequently well-promoted, especially when they’re backed by a professional surfer, or a famous movie star.
“Food Evolution,” … fills in the gaps. Moving from Hawaii to Iowa to Uganda, and many points in between, this engaging and informative full-length documentary humanizes agricultural biotechnology and the conflict that swirls around it. In the process, it gently challenges us to question our attitudes about food, and explore the global implications of our beliefs about agricultural practices.
Notably, it manages to present both the pro and anti points of view, though — spoiler alert — by the end, it’s apparent that producer Trace Sheehan and director Scott Hamilton Kennedy clearly see agricultural benefits in genetic engineering.
Equally notable, “Food Evolution” is fact-based, with the science presented by actual scientists, including sci-celeb Neil deGrasse Tyson, who narrates. It’s also fun, with the science — and myth-busting — delivered in an engaging, entertaining way.
The stakes are high in the GMO debate, and for too long, filmmakers have heavily weighted one side. “Food Evolution,” with its balance, depth and credibility, serves to correct the scales.
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