Science Café Cleveland presents


"Genetically Modified (GM) Foods - too big to fail?"


JUNE 10, 2013




Christopher Cullis

Frances Hobart Herrick Professor of Biology, Chair, Department of Biology, CWRU





How are Genetically Modified plants (frequently referred to as GMOs) produced? What are the risks and rewards from the introduction of this technology? Where does the science point to in this debate? Can the debate about their importance be separated from the association with Monsanto and industrial agriculture?


Currently, at the mention of GMOs, the reaction is often to bring up Frankenfood, Monsanto, Big Ag, lobbyists and corporate interests among others. However, genetic engineering technology is a tool that can be used to improve crops, both for those distributed by the large Ag companies and those for the small farmer in developing countries. What are the future useful products, and some of the currently developed, but unavailable, successes (such as Golden Rice) that will result from the application of this technology?




Natasha Gilbert. Case studies: A hard look at GM crops. Nature (1 May 2013). 497(7447)


Natasha Gilbert. A Hard Look at 3 Myths about Genetically Modified Crops.Scientific American. Energy & Sustainability. News. (May 1, 2013)


Steve Mirsky. Scientists Are Trying to Get Supermarket Tomatoes' Flavor to Catch Up. Scientific American. More Science. Antigravity. (April 26, 2013)


Pallava Bagla and Richard Stone. Scientists Clash Swords Over Future of GM Crops in India. Science. (3 May 2013). 340(6132):539-540


Final review of the Seralinin et al. (2012a) publication on a 2-year rodent feeding study with glyphosate formulations and GM maize NK603 as published online on 19 September 2012 in Food and Chemical Toxicology. EFSA Journal (2012). 10(11): 2986


Daniel Cressy and Nature magazine. Transgenics: A New Breed of Crops. Scientific American. Energy & Sustainability. News. (May 1, 2013)




WHERE: The Market Garden Brewery

(Located at 1947 West 25th Street next to the West Side Market, Cleveland, Ohio)


WHEN: June 10, 2013

Discussion starts around 7:00 p.m.

*Please Note* A few of our cafes have approached capacity and/or standing room only. If you want to be 100% sure to get in and get a good seat, you might want to arrive a bit early.


WHO: Sponsored by Case Western Reserve University chapter of Sigma Xi, WCPN

ideastream, and the Market Garden Brewery




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