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Genetic Engineering Action Network Public Forum

The Genetic Engineering Action Network, USA and Sustain, in cooperation with organizations in Chicago and around the country, will be hosting a public forum on genetic engineering on Friday evening, February 16th at the Apparel Center, Merchandise Mart's Conference Center, Chicago, IL from 7:00-9:00pm. The forum will feature a panel of speakers presenting the reasons for concern about the current applications of genetic engineering --
including the risks to human health and the environment, as well the impact on farmers and concentration in the agribusiness sector.
The forum will feature a panel of speakers presenting the reasons
forconcern about the current applications of genetic engineering --
including the risks to human health and the environment, as well the impact
on farmers and concentration in the agribusiness sector. Speakers will
include:

** Dr. Samuel Epstein of the University of Illinois at Chicago, a national
and international expert on rBGH, a genetically engineered growth hormone,
wil speak on the human health risks associated with genetic engineering.

** Ms. Chaia Heller is a teacher of social ecology and ecofeminism at the
Institute for Social Ecology in Vermont and will speak on the movement
against GMOs as inextricably linked to a crisis in democracy.

** Gregor Wolbring from the University of Calgary and the International
Network on Bioethics and Disability will speak on the implications of the
new human genetic technologies on the disabled community.

There will also be time for discussion with the audience and activists from
around the country working on this issue who will be in Chicago for a
series of strategy discussions.

For more information, contact Christine Phillips, local host committee
member at 773.784.3698, or Renske van Staveren GEAN National Coordinator
at: rvanstaveren (at) iatp.org

(The Genetic Engineering Action Network is a national clearinghouse on
genetic engineering, whose members include Greenpeace, the National Family
Farm Coaltion, the National Catholic Rural Life Conference and over 100
other organizations. Sustain is a Chicago-based organization that promotes
a healthy, sustainable environment through innovative communications
strategies.)
 
 

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