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Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Feast on facts

A scene from Food Evolution, directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. Photo courtesy of Black Valley Films. A scene from Food Evolution, directed by Scott Hamilton Kennedy. Photo courtesy of Black Valley Films.

The Food Technology Department will host a screening of the documentary Food Evolution on Friday 24 August. 

Staff and students are invited to attend this free screening at 2 pm in the Auditorium on Bellville Campus.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Scott Hamilton Kennedy (The Garden), Food Evolution is narrated by America’s favourite science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Food Evolution explores the polarising controversy surrounding GMOs (genetically modified organisms) and specifically food. It wrestles with the emotions and the science driving both sides of the argument as the filmmakers take us from Hawaiian papaya groves to banana farms in Uganda and cornfields in Iowa, US.

Food Technology lecturer Tony Obilana says the South African Association for Food Science and Technology (SAAFoST) approached the Food Technology Department to screen the documentary and they were keen to make it happen as it is a good entry point for students to learn about an issue that affects more and more people.

Owen Frisby executive director of SAAFoST, which is affiliated to the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) in the US, a leading funder on the documentary, said they screened it at their most recent Congress last year. He asked how else the film could be viewed by South Africans and was told Food Evolution LLC (the company set up by IFT to promote the film) would allow screenings on university campuses.

“The thing about GM is no one ever reads anything good about it. They made the movie stressing the science and the key issue regarding this movie is ‘on what basis do you make a decision? Emotionally, or do you use science?” explained Frisby.

*Food Evolution is 92 minutes long and the screening is free. If you want to attend then email Tony Obilana on as soon as possible.

Written by Theresa Smith


Provides coverage for the Applied Sciences and Engineering Faculties and the Wellington Campus.