Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food is the topic of the next Portland OMSI Science Pub on Monday, March 5, 2012 at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne):
Americans have been eating genetically modified foods for more than a decade, yet the controversy surrounding them continues, both here and abroad. From Oregon ballot measures to World Trade Organization battles to issues of hunger and food security in developing countries, the topic of GM food has raised scientific and ethical questions and concerns. The approval of several new GM crops such as sugar beets and alfalfa in 2011, as well as the pending approval of GM salmon, continues to capture consumer attention. At this Science Pub, we’ll talk about the real-life experiences and wide-ranging perspectives of the scientists, farmers, policymakers, and grassroots activists on the front lines of this fierce debate, going beyond the hype to address the current questions and answers surrounding genetically modified foods.
The presenter is Dr. Lisa H. Weasel, associate professor of biology at Portland State University, and author of Food Fray: Inside the Controversy Over Genetically Modified Food, which will be available for purchase at the pub.
The science begins at 7pm but arrive early (5pm doors open) to secure your beer, grub, and a seat! There’s a $5.00 suggested donation/cover charge. Minors with adults are welcome, otherwise this event is 21 and over.