OSHR 3126 - GMO: Savior or Scary? (Perk Series Lecture)

  • Noncredit

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

GMOs (Genetically modified organisms) increasingly have been in the news, especially as they relate to our food supply. There are strongly held views both for and against them, making it difficult for a lay person to sort out fact from fiction. This presentation will describe how GMOs differ from traditional food staples. In Europe, there have been bans on the growing and importing of GMO foods. In the US, much of the corn and soybean crops are GMO, making it difficult to completely avoid the consumption of foods that are GMO free. Labeling could assist the consumer avoid foods containing GMO ingredients if they so choose. Concerns about GMOs have focused on their effects on the consumer and the environment. These concerns, as well as possible benefits, will be enumerated and examined.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.

Instructors

Jud Harper

Jud Harper joined the CSU faculty in 1970, where he headed the Department of Agricultural Engineering and developed a program in food engineering. In 1981 he became vice president for research. In 1984, he was also assigned to oversee CSU's new computing initiative. Judson Harper was interim president of Colorado State in 1989. He is currently Vice-President Emeritus for CSU.

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