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NY Chapter: Panel Discussion on Genetically Modified Foods

04/09/14     New York, NY

AHCJ chapter eventThe next chapter event with Science Writers in New York (SWINY) will be a panel on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  The panel will take place 6:30-8:30 p.m. on April 9 at the New York State Health Foundation, 23rd floor of 1385 Broadway, between 37thand 38th streets. Refreshments will be available.

Foods containing ingredients with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been dubbed Frankenfoods. They generate scary headlines. Some consumer advocates urge a GMO ban, arguing that they're untested, unregulated, and linked to potential health problems. Others insist the answer is labelling GMO foods or ingredients so that consumers can choose — and this spurs intense lobbying efforts. And yet others assert that GMO foods can be a boon. Several countries have already barred specific GMO crops.

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

Panelists: 

  • The Sense and Science of GMOs: Doug Gurian-Sherman, Union of Concerned Scientists

  • GMOs – The Food Industry Perspective: John Ruff, past president, Institute of Food Technologists

  • The Case Against GMOs: Michael Boms, adjunct assistant professor of biology, SUNY, New Paltz

  • The Argument for Labeling GMO Products: Jean Halloran, Consumers Union

Please contact Trudy Lieberman to RSVP. It helps to know how many to expect. If you say you are coming, but it turns out you can't come, it helps to know that too.