Roberta Millstein: Genetically Modified Food: Feeding the World or Fouling the World?

Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 PM
Venue: Jonsson Performance Hall
Ticket: Free
Season: 2013-14

Roberta L. Millstein is a professor of philosophy at UC Davis, a member of the STS Program Committee, and is affiliated with the John Muir Institute of the Environment. Professor Millstein’s current research focuses on intersections between evolutionary biology, ecology, and environmental issues. She has published and edited in many journals including Philosophy of Science, Biology and Philosophy and The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science.

 

With so much at stake, the debates over genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have become increasingly heated. For example, GMO proponents accuse GMO critics—who sling terms like “Frankenfood,”—of being anti-science. This assumes that the debate over GMOs is exclusively a debate over science. But is it? To what extent are values a part of the debate? And are the relevant scientific findings exclusively on the side of the GMO proponents? Are the health concerns and the environmental concerns equally worrisome? Do we need GMOs to feed the world? Dr. Millstein will argue that there is reason for us to proceed more slowly and carefully than we have been, and to support the labeling of GMOs and foods that contain GMOs.  



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Magdalena Grohman
mggrohman@utdallas.edu
972-883-4940


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From the north, take Synergy Parkway to Floyd Road, turning south to Lookout Drive. From the south, take Campbell Road to Waterview Parkway and turn north on Waterview. Turn east on Synergy Park Boulevard. Turn south on Floyd Road and head towards Lookout Drive. Prepare to stop at the four-way stop sign at the intersection of Floyd Road and Lookout Drive. Next, turn to head west on Lookout to drive onto the university campus. Prepare to make a right at the driveway. That is the entrance to Parking Lots A and B. After turning into the driveway, Parking Lot B will come first and Lot A is just beyond a dividing sidewalk. Find a green or gold spot and park. Use the safe walking path and head west toward campus. A large campus map (right) and Green Bridge appear at the end of path. Cross the Green Bridge, enter Green Hall (GR) and follow the signs to the Jonsson Performance Hall (JO 2.604). 
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