The Good, The Bad, and The Unknown of Genetically Modified Foods
Topic for Lecture at California Academy of Sciences
Thursday, October 5, 2000 7:30 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO (September 19, 2000)–Author Alan McHughen of PANDORA’S PICNIC BASKET: The Potential and Hazards of Genetically Modified Foods, will provide a clear and informed picture of the promise and dangers of genetically modified (GM) foods on October 5th at the California Academy of Sciences. In recent years, debates and passions have flared on the research, consumption, and business of genetically modified foods. The overriding question remains, in the public’s perception particularly: are these crops healthy for consumers? From environmental concerns to issues in labeling, McHughen will explore the myths and reveal the true risks, as well as benefits, of utilizing GM technology.

McHughen provides an insider’s guide to scientific principles for laymen concerned with what they are putting in their mouths and on their tables. Frustrated by the lack of coherent, factual evidence presented by both sides in the highly emotional, if not volatile, debate regarding GM foods, McHughen presents the facts on how GM foods are produced, the potential danger GM foods pose to consumers, the benefits to farmers and pesticide ridden fields, the promise GM technology holds for underdeveloped countries, food labeling conundrums, and science and government regulation.

McHughen is a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Chair of the International Bio-safety Advisor Committee and on the Executive Board of the genetics Society of Canada. He has developed genetically modified plants, giving him first-hand experience of the technologies involved and regulatory process in all countries.

McHughen will be at the Morrison Auditorium at the California Academy of Sciences at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 5. Tickets are $6 for Academy members, $10 for non-members. For more information or to order tickets by mail, please call (415) 750-7128. Tickets may also be purchased at the door. A book-signing will immediately follow the presentation.