GMOs: What’s in Your Food?

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What’s it all about?

GMOs, or Genetically Modified Organisms, have frequented news headlines over the last years. But you still may be asking yourself: What exactly are GMOs? What is all the controversy around them? Do they have any health benefits? We often get the impression that GMOs and pesticides are evil, while natural and organic is good. But is it really a simple black and white debate? With an ever increasing world population, increases in food demand and current climate changes, we should be taking an informed approach at the options.

What will we cover?

In this class, you will learn the science behind GMO production:

  • How GMOs are produced in the laboratory.
  • Different types of GMOs currently under development.
  • Different views on genetic engineering and its applications in food production
  • The basics and rationale behind organically vs non organically grown foods.

In addition, you will get the chance to get a taste of this debate at the end of the class!

Who will be teaching?

pamelaPam Ferrada is a self confessed foodie and veggie lover. After completing her PhD in Biomedical Engineering in QLD, she moved to Melbourne. She is an advocate for promoting science in schools, and for scientists to translate their work for the lay public in a fun, easy and approachable way.