April 9: Genetically Modified Foods—The Sense, Science, & Nonsense

SWINY (Science Writers in New York) & AHCJ (Association of Health Care Journalists) have gathered a panel of experts to illuminate the warring perspectives

gmo_eventFoods containing ingredients with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been dubbed Frankenfoods, generating scary headlines. Some consumer advocates demand that GMO ingredients be banned, arguing they are not tested, not regulated, and may be linked to potential health problems. Others insist that GMO foods, and products containing GMO ingredients, be labelled so that consumers can choose. But these efforts have been met with intense resistance from lobbyists. Some countries have barred such GMO crops as disease- and insect-resistant wheat and nutrient-enhanced rice.

NYT_logo  May 13, 2013: Japan and South Korea suspended some imports of American wheat, and the European Union urged its 27 nations to increase testing, after the United States government disclosed this week that a strain of genetically engineered wheat that was never approved for sale was found growing in an Oregon field.

NYT_logo Feb. 2, 2014: The Opinion Pages|OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS
“We Need G.M.O. Wheat”

But what do we really know about GMOs? Why do they cause such a firestorm of controversy? Find out—at this informative, thought-provoking panel discussion.

Panelists:
The Sense and Science of GMOs
Doug Gurian-Sherman, PhD, Senior Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC

GMOs — The Food Technology & Science Perspective
John Ruff, MA, Past President, Institute of Food Technologists (formerly with R&D for Kraft Foods), Chicago, IL

The Case Against GMOs
Michael Boms, MA, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology, State University of New York, New Paltz

The Argument for Labeling GMO Products
Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives, Consumers Union, Yonkers, NY

Introductions:
Trudy Lieberman, President, AHCJ

Moderator:
Rita Baron-Faust, MPH, Board Member, SWINY

When:
Wednesday, April 9, 6:00–8:30 pm

  • 6:00–6:30 = registration, refreshments, networking
  • 6:30 sharp = Panel Discussion and Q&A

Where:
The NY State Health Foundation, 1385 Broadway (37–38 Streets), 23rd Floor.

Cost:
Free to SWINY or AHCJ members; $10 for nonmembers; $5 for students

RSVP:
http://www.jotform.us/swiny/GMO_Foods

Don’t wait — seating will be limited!

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