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Dr. Pelling, scientist, professor, entrepreneur and renowned TED Senior Fellow will provide a talk to unapologetically challenge your curiosity and inspire your creativity.

Scientist, professor, entrepreneur and TED Senior Fellow Andrew Pelling has built a career on unapologetic curiosity, creativity and serendipity. He is a professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of Ottawa, where he founded and directs a curiosity-driven research lab that brings together artists, scientists, social scientists and engineers. Pelling is also the co-founder and CTO of Spiderwort Inc., a mission driven company developing open source platforms to enable the widespread and global adoption of biological research in all environments and economic contexts. Most recently, he founded pHacktory, a street-level research lab in Ottawa that amplifies community ideas through a potent mixture of craft, serendipity and curiosity.
The long-awaited premier is here! From Academy Award®-nominated director Scott Hamilton Kennedy (THE GARDEN, FAME HIGH, OT: OUR TOWN) and narrated by esteemed science communicator Neil deGrasse Tyson, FOOD EVOLUTION is set amidst a polarized debate marked by fear, distrust and confusion: the controversy surrounding GMOs and food.

Traveling from Hawaiian papaya groves, to banana farms in Uganda to the cornfields of Iowa, FOOD EVOLUTION wrestles with the emotions and the evidence driving one of the most heated arguments of our time.
Enlisting experts and icons of the struggle such as Mark Lynas, Alison Van Eenennaam, Jeffrey Smith, Andrew Kimbrell, Vandana Shiva, Robert Fraley, Marion Nestle and Bill Nye, as well as farmers and scientists from around the world, this bold and necessary documentary separates the hype from the science to unravel the debate around food. While the passionate advocates on all sides of this debate agree on the need for safe, nutritious and sustainable food for the planet, their differing views over what constitutes the truth have pit them against each other, rendering the subject of food itself into an ideological battleground.

Immediately following the film IFT President John Coupland will moderate a panel discussion with director Scott Hamilton and special guests featured in the film.
There's no question that food processing has been a boon to civilization. It's made just about everything we eat safer, less perishable, more transportable, more convenient, and cheaper.
But it's also made it easy to produce diabolically delicious calorie-dense, nutrient--sparse foods that people find hard to resist. Who among us can be left alone with a bag of Doritos? Doctors, scientists, and public health authorities have identified highly processed foods as being an important driver of obesity and disease. Are they? And, if they are, what should we be doing about that?
The panel will bring together a wide range of perspectives—historian, doctor, scientist, food company executive—to talk about the pros and cos of processed food.