Food Evolution Screening on April 11th at Putnam Museum in Davenport

With the polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion and the controversy surrounding GMOs, Food Evolution sparks a fact-based public dialogue about today’s food system.

Why:     Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, Food Evolution from Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy                          wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time, GMOs. The film, now streaming on and available on iTunes or Amazon, is               a fully   independent investigation into biotechnology, interviewing experts on both sides of the aisle and including all points of view. Commissioned by the Institute of Food                                     Technologists  (IFT), Food Evolution shows how easily misinformation can overwhelm objective analysis, touching on the following topics.  

  • Are consumers capable of applying science to emotionally charged topics?
  • How do we ensure that GMOs and our food supply are safe for your health?
  • Can we produce enough food to feed the world without harming the planet?
  •  Has genetically engineered food and fiber increased or decreased pesticide use? 
  • What data, evidence and sources are we using to approach these important questions?

                In The New York Times review of Food Evolution, Daniel Gold says, “With a soft tone, respectful to opponents but insistent on the data, ‘Food Evolution’ posits an inconvenient truth  for organic boosters to swallow: In a world desperate for safe, sustainable food, G.M.O.s may well be a force for good."

What:    Illinois Farm Bureau will host a COMPLIMENTARY screening of Food Evolution beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11th at the Putnam Museum located at 1717 West                                12th St. in Davenport, Iowa. The screening is complimentary for members of the community and media to attend. Following the film, a panel will commence to discuss society’s                              perception of GMOs and agriculture’s role in sharing the story of biotechnology’s environmental, nutritional and economic impact. Reservations for the showing are requested by                            registering at or calling (309) 736-7432.

Who:   Panelists include:

  • Dr. Joel Stafstrom, Associate Professor of Biology, Northern Illinois University
  • Dr. Lia Nightingale, Associate Professor of Nutrition, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Megan Dwyer, Conventional and non-GMO Farmer in Henry County, Illinois
  • Todd Stegmiller, Conventional and Organic Farmer in Rock Island County, Illinois