SHORT COURSE — Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology and Politics

Would you like to know more about GMOs and why there is no scientific consensus on GMO safety? The upcoming Ithaca Freeskool course on Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology and Politics [held on 3 Sundays from 2-4pm (on 2/8, 2/22 and 3/8)] will give you a better understanding of the ongoing controversy over their use in agriculture and the food system. The course is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reading material will be provided. Students should bring their questions and curiosity about GMO technology. You can attend any or all of the days.

Instructor: Dr. Allison Wilson, Science Director of The Bioscience Resource Project, has nearly 30 years of experience (in and out of the lab)

PRE-REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL: For more information and to sign up for the course here. Put Ithaca Freeskool GMO Course as the subject.

researching molecular genetics, genetic engineering and other issues related to food, farming, health and the environment. In addition she has seven years of organic farming experience.

Dr. Wilson is a prominent critic of GMOs. She uses her scientific expertise to reveal the flaws in genetic engineering technology and to expose the scientific inaccuracies and misrepresentations of GMO proponents.

Time and Place: Classes will be held on Sundays from 2-4pm (on 2/8, 2/22 and 3/8). Classes on February 8 and March 8 will be at the Tompkins County Worker’s Center (115 E. Martin Luther King Jr. St. / The Commons), above Autumn Leaves Book Store. The February 22 class location will be decided later. This short course is being held as part of the Ithaca Freeskool session for Feb-April 2015. For more information and to sign up for the course click here. Put Ithaca Freeskool GMO Course as the subject.

Class I (2/8): Understanding Genetic Engineering and GMOs

What is genetic engineering?
What is a GMO (genetically modified organism)?
How do you make a GMO crop plant?
Why is there so much controversy about GMOs?

Class II (2/22): Power and Politics in GMO Science

What do power and politics have to do with GMOs?
How do corporations impact scientific risk assessment and the science of GMOs?
What is the role of the science media in promoting GMOs?

Class III (3/8): Industrial Agriculture, GMOs and Healthy Alternatives

Why can’t industrial agriculture and GMOs feed the world?
What kind of agricultural systems can feed the world?
What are some real-world models for creating healthy systems of food and agriculture ?

PRE-REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL: For more information and to sign up for the course here. Put Ithaca Freeskool GMO Course as the subject.