Debates about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have become increasingly bitter and divisive. For some, GMO crops offer a solution to worldwide crises in health and food security. For others, they involve risks that are too great to take. We can now draw on decades of research to inform the debate. 

The UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IOES) brings together four experts to debate the environmental, social and health impacts of GMO foods on Tuesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. at Korn Convocation Hall, UCLA Anderson School of Management. “GMOS: Global Solution or Global Risk?” is the latest in the institute’s Oppenheim Lecture Series and will include audience participation in a discussion of GMOs in kitchens, restaurants and food supply chains. The full program will be simultaneously live streamed.

The discussion will be moderated by Ted Parson, UCLA professor of environmental law and faculty co-director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment. Parson shared some of his own expertise about GMOs in this Q&A. Tuesday's expert panelists include:

  • Peter Kareiva, director of IOES and a member of the National Academy of Science, where he sits on the research committee for genetically engineered crops. Ph.D candidate in Environmental Science, Policy & Management at University of California Berkeley
  • Maywa Montenegro, professor at UC Davis in the department of plant pathology and the Genome Center
  • Pamela Ronald, faculty director of the UC Davis Institute for Food and Agricultural Literacy and director of Grass Genetics at the Joint Bioenergy institute
  • Timothy Wise, director of the Research and Policy Program at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University

The event is free and open to the general public, but requires advance registration. RSVP here