Visiting expert speaks on gene technology for food, agriculture and biosafety

GE Free New Zealand has posted news of Dr Jonathan Latham touring New Zealand from September 1-9 and raising issues around the future impact of gene editing in this country.

He will talk on the politics of food and address issues of internal culture of decision makers, and the legal framework that is often fraught with industry influences opposing precautionary decision-making, even when the science clearly points to danger.

Food Matters Aotearoa is hosting Dr Latham in New Zealand directly after his tour of Australia and Hawaii, said tour organiser Claire Bleakley

“There is documented evidence of the unpredictability of genetic engineering but also mounting pressure for new gene technologies to be used with no regulatory supervision and this is an opportunity to hear about the implications they could have on our health and environment.”

Dr Latham will be speaking in Featherston, Wellington, Palmerston North, Raglan, Hamilton, Tauranga, Auckland and Hastings.

Jonathan Latham, PhD, is a prominent international advocate for public interest science. He is co-founder and Executive Director of the Bioscience Resource Project and the Editor of Independent Science News and Director of the Poison Papers project which publicises documents of the chemical industry and its regulators.

Dr Latham holds a Masters degree in Crop Genetics and a PhD in Plant Virology. He worked at the Department of Genetics in the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA. He has published scientific papers in disciplines as diverse as plant ecology, and toxicology.

More information can be found  HERE.

Source:  GE Free New Zealand

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