For the March iteration of the Treasure Valley Food Coalition's Dinner and a Movie series, the foodie nonprofit will present the 2010 award-winning Genetic Chile, a film about the cultural, economic and health ramifications of genetically engineered crops, but this time the series will move to a new location at the Boise Watercooler in downtown.
Juxtaposing the film will be a discussion helmed by Dr. Don Huber, professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University, who will shed light on the ill effects of plants that have been modified in labs for greater yield, or to respond better to fertilizers. Such modifications are common in the factory-farm model of the American agricultural industry, and the TVFC hopes to educate Boiseans on the issues surrounding genetically modified organisms.
Huber has taught plant pathology, soil microbiology and mico-ecological interactions as they relate to plant disease for more than 30 years, giving him valuable insight on the myths and truth behind GMOs. As a buzzword in modern society, the plants play into a larger conversation about food and agriculture the world over.
In the book The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan finds a redemptive food experience at an organic, locally owned farm in New England. He waxes philosophical about McDonalds and the modern food industry. While Pollen found the future's approach to food, many still rely on processed, high-fructose corn syrup-ridden foodstuffs.
The evening is all about education, and the subject matter is made more palatable by a dinner catered by B29 Streatery, part of the Brick 29 eatery in Nampa, which features local, organic fare by Dustan Bristol. As Boiseans dig into tasty concoctions, they can relish a break from big agriculture.
$25 nets attendees dinner, the film and a sure-to-be-lively discussion with Huber. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
So trade in $8 sodas and $10 movie tickets for a thought-provoking film and food that's infinitely better than the usual faux-butter-laden tub of popcorn.