Join us for free film series as we explore the Future of Food in Pima County

Re-posted from Against the Grain Nutrition Blog:

The first movie in the series is The Future of Food, which will be shown this Saturday, May 6, at the Wheeler Taft Abbett Sr. Library in Marana. A post-film discussion will take place with Going Against GMOs author Melissa Diane Smith, farmer Anne Loftfield of High Energy Agriculture, and Nurse Janay Young.

On Saturday, May 13, at 2 pm, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives will be shown at the Joel Valdez Main Library downtown.

The series concludes with SEED: The Untold Story, which will be shown at the Murphy-Wilmot Library on May 20. The last time this movie was shown in Tucson – in the 500-seat main theater at the Loft Cinema on February 5 – it sold out.

All events are free, but seating is limited. So, make sure to get to each movie screening early to ensure that you can view the film. Each movie received a rating of 7.0 or higher on the Internet Movie Database.

Below are the details of each showing. Hope to see you at the movies!

Saturday, May 6See Facebook event page

The Future of Food, 90 minute movie, discussion

This film offers an in-depth investigation into the disturbing truth behind the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves for the past decade.

2-4 p.m, Wheeler Taft Abbett Library, 7800 N. Schisler Drive (just west of I-10)

Saturday, May 13See Facebook event page

Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives,  90 minute movie, discussion

This seminal documentary provides compelling evidence to help explain the deteriorating health of Americans, especially children, and offers a recipe for protecting ourselves and our future. Free organic popcorn and organic snacks while supplies last. Bring your own water bottle.

2-4 p.m., Joel  D. Valdez, Main Library, downtown, 101 N. Stone Ave.

Saturday, May 20See Facebook event page

SEED: The Untold Story, 90 minute movie, discussion

In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared.  As chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food.  Free organic popcorn and organic snacks while supplies last. Bring your own water bottle.

2-4 p.m., Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road

See full blog post at Against The Grain Nutrition blog


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