FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, 2001
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FREE Public Forum on Genetic Engineering!
The Genetic Engineering Activist Network, USA Sustain, Chicago
Come hear the reasons why a recent New York Times front page article (thurs. Jan 25th) claims the biotechnology industry has gone from "the lab to a debacle".
Brian Tokar, Institute for Social Ecology & Northeast Resistance Against Genetic Engineering. Brian will serve as the panel's moderator, and will also open the evening with an overview of the concerns raised by genetic engineering.
Brian has been an activist since the 1970s in the peace, anti-nuclear, environmental and Green politics movements, and is currently a faculty member at the Institute for Social Ecology and Goddard College in Vermont. He is the author of The Green Alternative (1987, revised 1992) and Earth for Sale (1997), and his new book, Redesigning Life?, an international collection on the politics and implications of biotechnology, will be published early in 2001 by Zed Books. Brian graduated from MIT in 1976 with degrees in biology and physics and received his Masters degree in biophysics from Harvard University in 1981.
Marsha Darling, Associate Professor and Director, Center for African American and Ethnic Studies Programs, Adelphi University. Marsha will describe how the privatization of the gene industry evolved, and will describe the meaning of intellectual property rights and patents. She will also discuss the biodiversity issues that the gene business invokes, bioagriculture and especially the impact of corporate interest in indigenous peoples' mineral, human and plant genetic materials on the dynamics that drive international development.
Marsha previously taught in Georgetown University's Women's Studies department, and has a long research history in the areas of biotechnology's impacts on indigenous and minority communities, feminism, reproductive rights and technologies, and international development.
Percy Schmeiser, Saskatoon, Canada.
Chaia Heller, Institute for Social Ecology.
Chaia has taught ecological philosophy and feminist theory at the Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont for almost two decades. During this time, Chaia has also been involved in the ecology and feminist movements an activist, educator, and writer. Currently, Chaia is researching the controversy surrounding genetically manipulated organisms in France. She has recently published Ecology of Everyday Life: Rethinking the Desire for Nature, Black Rose Books.
Dr. Gregor Wolbring, University of Calgary, International Network on Bioethics & Disability, and the Edmonds Institute.
Farmers and disabled people are groups who are both quite strongly affected by the food and human genetics debates. This talk will highlight some of the similarities between farmers and disabled people from around the world in regards to the debate of food/human biotechnology issues.
Gregor is a research scientist at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary and an Adjunct Assistant Professor (specialization bioethics) at the Dept. of Community Rehabilitation and Disability studies, Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary.
This free public forum is sponsored by the Genetic Engineering Action Network, USA and Sustain.
GEAN is a national network of more than 80 organizations working to address the risks and concerns about genetic engineering. GEAN exists to support and further the work of those organizations and individuals working to address the risks to the environment, biodiversity and human health, as well as the socioeconomic and ethical consequences of genetic engineering. Some of GEAN's members include Greenpeace, the Organic Consumers Association, GE Free LA, Northeast Resistance Against Genetic Engineering, the National Family Farm Coalition, and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.
For more information, visit our website at www.geaction.org, or contact GEAN's National Coordinator, Renske van Staveren, at:
Sustain is a Chicago-based non-profit organization that uses innovative communications strategies to help win environmental victories. Sustain partners with other non-profits that have legal, policy, and organizing expertise on particular issues. Together, they create campaigns to educate and inspire the public and policy makers to take actions that contribute to a healthy, sustainable environment.
For more information, visit Sustain's website at www.sustainusa.org,
920 N. Franklin Street, Suite 301
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