Nov
14
2006

Discuss genetically modified organisms

The Bell Museum of Natural History is hosting a CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE tonight (Tuesday, November 14) at 6pm at the Varsity Theater in Dinkytown. (There's a $5 suggested donation, but you can attend for free.)

This month, Cafe Scientifique explores the science and politics of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. What is a GMO? How and why have researchers been modifying the genetic makeup of plants and animals, and what are the possible risks and benefits of this type of research? Speakers from the University of Minnesota will discuss the science as well as the policy concerns of genetically modified organisms.

Guest speakers are:

  • Professor Anne R. Kapuscinski, Ph.D., University of Minnesota Department of Fisheries and Conservation Biology, Sea Grant Extension Specialist in Biotechnology and Aquaculture
  • Jennifer Kuzma, Ph.D., Interim Director and Assistant Professor at the Center for Science, Technology, and Public Policy, Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota.

Dr. Kuzma was featured on Minnesota Public Radio's Midmorning show this morning, discussing the politics of genetically modified foods and potential safety issues.

Do you have questions about genetically modified crops? Do you try to avoid genetically modified foods at the grocery store? What worries you or excites you about the potential of GMOs?

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

James Wachai's picture

The debate about genetically modified foods should be handled in an objective manner. This is not just any other topic to be discussed casually. Pedestrian handling of genetically modified foods debate has created confusion and despondency. Anti-biotechnology lobby groups don't do the world any service by hyping potential dangers of genetically modified foods. As we debate genetically modified foods, we all need to ask ourselves whose interests we are serving. Given, each one of us should stick to scientific facts about genetically modified foods. If one is aggrieved, or feels the government is short-changing the public on GM foods, there are official channels to reverse the situation. Shouting at the top of our voices in streets or conference halls is ill-conceived.

posted on Mon, 12/18/2006 - 8:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Where can we go so our voices can be heard?

posted on Thu, 01/25/2007 - 5:32pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Talk to scientists and biotechnology researchers. Or read science journals. This is where the truth about genetically modified foods is.

posted on Tue, 02/27/2007 - 1:06pm
Emelyn's picture
Emelyn says:

Where can I find objective of learning unicellular organisms and multi cellular organisms ?

posted on Fri, 06/08/2007 - 8:25pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Sorry Emelyn, what exactly do you mean? Could you elaborate?

posted on Mon, 06/11/2007 - 2:00pm

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