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Food Evolution goes global!

In the last few weeks, Food Evolution begun its European Tour with screenings in Brussels, (European Parliament, Royal Society of Belgium for Science & Arts) London, Dublin, and Edinburgh, (Courtesy of USDA), Bucharest, (Science Festival) and Rome (FAO), Beirut Film Festival, Mexico City and Cape Town (SAAFOST Conference).

The film is now also available on video-on-demand platforms- iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and You Tube and also on the subscription platform Hulu.

IFT is also in discussion with affiliates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation who are interested in helping make sure the film is available in many African countries in Africa where distribution can be more challenging and costly.

The demand for private screenings by companies, NGO’s, government bodies, universities and other institutions are on the rise.

IFT also has plans for the development guides which can be used in the classroom when the film is screened as part of a curriculum. A 52 minute “educational cut” has already been produced.

Further details and reactions to the film can be viewed at foodevolutionmovie.com where you can also sign up to receive updates from the Director Scott Hamilton Kennedy.

2017 Binsted Lecture – Food Evolution

On 3 May, we held the first UK screening of IFT-funded and commissioned film, Food Evolution, at SCI in London. We had a fantastic turnout, with around 50 attendees from industry and academia.

We were delighted that Professor John Coupland, 2016-2017 IFT President, and Tom Foley, Senior Director of Membership were able to join us from the US.

The film was followed by a discussion led by Professor Coupland a6nd Professor Colin Dennis, 2015-2016 IFT President, and a drinks reception.

Section Treasurer Richard Benson brought along a book of minutes from the 1960s, showing us a fascinating piece of section history.

Food Matters Live

We held a joint session with IFST at Food Matters Live, on 22 November 2016 in London. We were delighted to have with us Amadeus ‘Ando’ Ahnan from University of Massachusetts Amhurst, who presented his research on ‘Anti-oxidants from blueberries: have they the potential to impact colon cancer cells?’. Ando’s work was featured at the 2016 IFT Annual Conference in Chicago, where his thesis video took the star prize for science communication.

As well as Ando’s work, the session included an update on IFT activities, information on the IFT British Section/IFST joint membership, and highlights from the IFT conference to provide an opportunity for those who could not be there to tap into the insights shared.

Science of Wine tasting event

On 14 September 2016, we had a highly enjoyable evening of wine exploration with Geoff Taylor, Campden BRI’s wine and spirits expert, at SCI in London.

Geoff Taylor’s experience and expertise in wine and wine-making is renowned, and his contribution is sought on matters as varied as the latest edition of Jancis Robinson’s The Oxford Companion to Wine (“the greatest wine book ever published” according to The Washington Post) to wine fraud!

By comparing wines from the Americas with similar varieties from Europe, we took a delicious and insightful tour of the science of wine.