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Forum: An international perspective on glyphosate, GMs and food security

Aug 26, 2019, 9:15 am - 11:30 am

Grain Producers SA is hosting a forum with two visiting experts from the United States speaking on the topics of biotechnology and glyphosate.

Professor Kevin Folta from the University of Florida, and Dr Eliza Dunn from Bayer

As Bayer’s medical science outreach lead, Dr Dunn has witnessed the difference glyphosate is making all over the world. She will give attendees a glimpse into what life is like from the inside in engaging an increasingly sceptical public who distrust the science.

Prof Folta will provide an international perspective on the future of biotechnology and agricultural chemical use. He will discuss changing consumer sentiment, legal action and what the erosion of trust in science-based regulation means for new technology and how regulators are responding to consumer campaigns.

DATE:  Monday 26 August 2019
TIME: 9.15am for a 9.30am start, finishing at 11.30am with morning tea provided.
LOCATION: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, 2B Hartley Grove, Waite Campus.

The event is FREE and supported by CropLife Australia.
Please RSVP for morning tea catering purposes

CropLife Australia CEO Matthew Cossey will highlight the organisation’s advocacy efforts on biotechnology and glyphosate and GPSA Chair Wade Dabinett will facilitate the forum.

About the speakers

Dr Eliza Dunn is an emergency medicine physician and medical toxicologist with a long-standing interest in global health. After completing her Toxicology Fellowship at New York University in 2006, Dr Dunn returned to Washington University in St Louis and started a fellowship in Medical Toxicology. Over the following 10 years, Dr Dunn became increasingly involved with global health and humanitarian relief projects. She organised a relief mission to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, started the scholar track in global health for the Washington University Division of Emergency Medicine and is one of the Global Health Scholars for the Department of Internal Medicine. In July 2016, Dr Dunn started working as the Medical Outreach Lead for Monsanto, now Bayer Crop Science. She remains on the faculty of Washington University and is still an active member of the Toxicology team. She has lectured nationally and internationally on a diverse range of topics in medical toxicology and global health.

Professor Kevin Folta is a renowned science communicator whose laboratory has three focus areas: how light can regulate plant traits in indoor farms; the invention of new molecules from random DNA sequences which could lead to new developments in antibiotics and herbicides; and the use of genomic tools to improve the flavours of strawberry. He hosts the Talking Biotech podcast, which aims to help connect the public to current science and technology and let scientists tell the stories of how science can help farmers, industrialised world consumers, the environment and the developing world. Prof Folta has been recognised for his science communication efforts, speaking with public audiences and training scientists and agricultural producers to be better communicators. In 2016 he won the prestigious CAST Borlaug Award in Agricultural Communications and was named as the Ag Pro Person of the Year.


Aug 26, 2019
9:15 am - 11:30 am
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Auditorium, Plant Research Centre
2b Hartley Grove
Urrbrae, South Australia 5064 Australia
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