Symposium hosts opposing sides of the GMO debate |

Symposium hosts opposing sides of the GMO debate

Representing the anti-GMO side will be Jeffrey Smith.
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What: Vail Symposium’s The Truth About GMOs debate with Jeffery Smith and Dr. Gregory Stock.

When: Thursday, March 13 — 5 p.m. reception and 5:30 p.m. presentation.

Where: The Timber Hearth Grill in Cordillera.

How much: $25 pre-registration; $35 at the door; $10 for students, teachers, VVYPA.

More information: Call 970-476-0954, or visit for tickets or more information.

CORDILLERA — Let Google do the talking. Type “GMO” into Google and the autocomplete lists populates “Are GMOs safe to eat?” and “GMOs are good” and even “what is a GMO?” To answer the last question, a GMO is a genetically modified organism. To answer the other questions, none of the information materializes with a consistent conclusion.

There are articles explaining the “clear danger” of GMOs. There are surveys revealing an American retreat from GMOs with millions of people avoiding GMO foods and thousands advocating for different labeling practices.

On the other side are articles detailing the exciting potential of GMOs — how tweaking an organism can make it resistant to crop failure or how these modified organisms might help solve world hunger. Supplementing the positivity are the articles defending the health, safety and ethics of producing GMOs.

The next Vail Symposium presentation “The Truth About GMOs” will expose both sides of the coin. On Thursday at the Timber Hearth Grill in Cordillera, two leading authorities with opposing views on the matter will come together to discuss, debate and answer questions on this hot topic.

“By bringing both sides of such a controversial topic together, the audience will have a chance to hear information from one side while being held accountable by the other,” said Tracey Flower, the Symposium’s executive director. “This is a great opportunity to people to come out and hear the truths and the myths about GMOs.”

Meet The Experts

Jeffrey Smith: Jeffrey Smith is an international best-selling author and filmmaker, executive director of the Institute for Responsible Technology and a leading consumer advocate promoting non-GMO choices.

His books include “Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating” and “Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods.” “Genetic Roulette” was produced by Smith as a film in 2012.

Dr. Gregory Stock: Dr. Gregory Stock is a biotech entrepreneur, bioethicist and best-selling author. He is a leading authority on the broad impacts of genomic and other advanced technologies in the life sciences. He founded the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at UCLA’s School of Medicine in 1997 and served as its director for ten years.

His book, “Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable Genetic Future” won the Kistler Book Prize for science books and was nominated for a Wired Rave Award.

The event will be moderated by Rohn Robbins and will begin at 5 p.m. Audience participation is encouraged during the audience Q&A. Registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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