College of Agriculture celebrates World Food Day with free screening of Food Debate Documentary Oct. 16

By Laura Cauthen

Auburn University’s College of Agriculture celebrated World Food Day Oct. 16 with a free screening of “Food Evolution,” a documentary that takes an in-depth look at the polarizing debate over genetically modified organisms. The Auburn campus and community were invited to the screening held in the Foy Hall Auditorium.

“Food Evolution” producers describe the 92-minute film as an effort to examine the GMO issue objectively, separating hype and emotion from the science and data. The documentary, narrated by science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, includes interviews with more than 30 individuals, from food scientists and farmers to environmentalists and chemical company executives, on opposing sides of the heated GMO dispute.

The film’s ultimate objective is to present the viewpoints of those for and against GMOs and to provide scientific data so audience members can make their own informed food decisions.

“Feeding a growing global population in a sustainable, environmentally responsible way is a mission we take very seriously,” said Paul Patterson, dean of the College of Agriculture. “This documentary looks at all sides of food-related issues and allows us to understand everyone’s concerns.”

World Food Day is observed globally each Oct. 16 to increase awareness of hunger and the need for food security for all and to achieve the World Food Organization’s goal of Zero Hunger by 2030.

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