BIOTECHNOLOGY LECTUREArizona 29 Nov 2005 05:37 GMT
Brian Tokar, director of the Biotechnology Project at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont, will speak at the University of Arizona Tuesday, November 8, 2005 at 7pm in the Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering (AME) Building, Room 202. He will speak on �Gene Traders: Biotechnology, Globalization and the Future of our Food.�
Following Tokar, Richard Jorgensen, a Plant Sciences professor at the University of Arizona, will give a differing opinion on agricultural biotechnology, followed by questions and answers with both speakers. It should prove an interesting and rare conversation about a topic that rarely gets public attention and critical discussion.
The central theme of Tokar's talk is that genetic engineering (GE) technology in agriculture concentrates power over the food supply and public health with negative social consequences. Global trade agreements, international financial institutions, governments, and agribusiness corporations further this development. Tokar will discuss the hazards posed by genetic engineering, examine the interests furthered by this technology, and describe ways that people around the world are improving nutrition and medicine more effectively.
Click here for more information on the talk and Brian Tokar's biography.