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.