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GMOs: Ethics and Economics

Dr. Maarten Chrispeels of UCSD will be presenting on GMOs (genetically modified organisms), particularly the impact of GMOs on agricultural efforts in the developing world and presents a case on whether (or not!) they are a net benefit. 

This is the July edition of the monthly lecture series sponsored by SDARI.

About the speaker:  Dr. Maarten J. Chrispeels is Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences at the University of California San Diego and was the Director of the San Diego Center for Molecular Agriculture for 10 years.  His scientific research is in the area of plant cell and molecular biology. He has made major contributions to our understanding of the synthesis of reserve proteins in seeds. He and his co-workers discovered plant aquaporins, the proteins that permit water to pass through plant cell membranes. 

Dr Chrispeels has trained more than 50 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers, many of whom now occupy prominent positions in the USA and overseas. His laboratory has published more than 225 research paper and 50 reviews and book chapters. With David Sadava he has co-authored the textbook "Plants, Genes and Crop Biotechnology" (2001).  Recently he edited a book on Agricultural Ethics and published on that topic. 

About SDARI: The San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry is a community resource that hosts lectures on various topics (science, history, etc) and sponsors prizes in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every spring. You can find out more about us on facebook

Lectures start promptly at 7pm. You are welcome to join us for a social hour prior to the event at 6pm. If this is your first event, please come early and introduce yourself! The suggested donation for lecture attendance is $5. Your tax-deductible donations help support the San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry, a non-profit organization dedicated to critical and scientific thinking. 

How to find us: The entrance to Joyce Beers Community Center is between two restaurants, Aladdin’s and Panera Bread. The address 3900 Vermont Street should be the most accurate for GPS directions. There is free parking available in the underground lot across the street (behind and under Ralphs / Trader Joes). Parking in the above ground lot is limited to 2 hours and cars have been ticketed / towed for infractions.

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  • Peter M.

    Great speaker. He really knew his stuff.

    2 · July 28, 2014

    • Jim W.

      Regarding corrections: Ebola++ could be awaiting on someone's lab bench right now - 12 Monkeys There is the tried and true method of alleviating famine in one's country by taking food from your neighbor. When the population gets testy, just attack the Falklands; people drop their anti-government protest signs and enlist. Substitute Argentina and Falklands with India and Pakistan or other nuke equipped states and...

      July 30, 2014

    • Jim W.

      Personally, I am more concerned with salmonella, listeria, and other hitchhikers on fruit, veggies, and other food than a reaction to GMOs.

      July 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wish I could attend this one, but conflicts with the performance poetry. Peter, why no discussion?

    July 15, 2014

  • Peter M.

    This is an excellent topic. With any luck, we will have just enough people to compliment our guest but not too many for a good discussion.

    1 · July 14, 2014

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