GMOs, climate change, hunger and social justice focus of skeptics talk

Science is not only the best tool humans have invented for understanding the universe in a testable, evidence-based way, but it also often produces technologies or tools to address social issues.

Take, for instance, the issues of global hunger and poverty and how climate change may exacerbate these problems. While some may revile genetically modified organisms, these biotech tools may help us to grow crops more efficiently and more reliably to help address issues of food insecurity, poverty and environmental stress as climate change advances.

Biotech, man, it's a handy tool for agriculture and beyond.

Biotech, man, it’s a handy tool for agriculture and beyond.

Along the lines of how GMOs and biotech can help address these issues and promote social justice, PDX Skeptics in the Pub will host a talk Dec. 20 by Jayson Merkley, a recent Cornell Alliance for Science Global Leadership fellow, contributor/member of the Vegan GMO campaign, and biotech, agriculture and food science communicator.

Merkley will discuss advocacy for increased access to biotech tools such as GMOs and the Vegan GMO campaign.

“Hopefully, it will be a useful example of how a pro-science grassroots campaign can go about making a difference,” Merkley told PDX Skeptics. “In other words, you don’t need to be a vegan to get something out of this.”

He’ll also address how people can get involved in biotech advocacy, including March Against Myths About Modification.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. at Lucky Labrador tap room, 1700 N. Killingsworth St. The event itself is free, and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.

And, hey, I might even see you there …

Susannah L. Bodman
Twitter: @Sciwhat
Facebook: Sciwhat.Science

Important Science in Portland programming note: It’s the holidays, the December doldrums, that time of year when we’re all busy with family and festivities, and there’s not so much going on in the way of science events. As such, posting on SIP may get a bit sparse until the new year. Just so you know. Just so you’re not left thinking we’re neglecting you, dear reader and lover of science. Perish the thought.

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One Response to GMOs, climate change, hunger and social justice focus of skeptics talk

  1. Pingback: Biotech, GMOs: Highlighting social justice can demonstrate benefits of these tools, science and biotech advocate says | Science In Portland

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