Food Evolution Statement

IFT funded the documentary Food Evolution to inspire discussion and show the critical role science and innovation play in building a safe, nutritious and sustainable food supply for everyone. This film is intended to contribute to a rational conversation about science, facts and food.

The documentary was funded through IFT’s financial reserves, derived from revenue generated primarily through membership dues, scientific publishing, events and advertising, and without contribution from any other organization or company.

IFT wanted to fund a documentary dealing broadly with the challenge of feeding an estimated global population of 9 billion people in 2050.  We approached several high-quality film makers, including Scott Hamilton Kennedy.  While we funded the film, it represents the vision, full creative control and final cut that Kennedy and his partner on this project, Trace Sheehan, have maintained throughout the project. We worked with Scott Hamilton Kennedy because he is known for his skill and integrity. We knew he would come at this project from a completely fresh, objective vantage point. 

Food Evolution focuses on the GMO debate because the director found it to be emblematic of the public misunderstanding about the science of food and food sustainability. We believe Scott’s film is thought provoking, fair-minded, and an important contribution to gaining a better understanding of the critical role sound science plays in the global food system.

Unlike a trade association, IFT is a non-profit scientific association comprised of 17,000 scientists from 95 countries representing multiple disciplines, innumerable perspectives and shared commitment to science. We are committed to a world where science and innovation are universally accepted as essential to a safe, nutritious, and sustainable food supply for everyone, and we are proud to have funded this important film and hope that it will encourage informed discussions about sound science.