Thing feel like they are heating up around here, with the Washington initiative I-522 about to be put to the voters and the UBCM passing the resolution asking for BC to be a GE (genetically engineered) free zone. Here in Victoria we are planning something very exciting. On November 18th, Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who has retired from a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, is going to tell us the truth about GMO technology.
Who Is Dr Theirry Vrain?
Born in France, Vrain studied plant physiology in the USA before moving to Canada to teach in the area at Université du Québec in Montréal. He then worked for 30 years as a research scientist for the Canadian government in Québec and British Columbia where he conducted research on genetically modified potatoes, among other projects. He was also the director of the biotechnology department at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, BC. Since his retirement Vrain has become an advocate for organic gardening and a passionate speaker on the detrimental effects of GMO’s. For more information on Dr. Theirry Vrain see his Ted Talk The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture here, or scroll down to the bottom of the page.
“When we started with genetic engineering in the 1980s, the science was based on the theory that one gene produces one protein. But we now know, since the human genome project, that a gene can create more than one protein. The insertion of genes in the genome through genetic engineering interrupts the coding sequence of the DNA, creating truncated, rogue proteins, which can cause unintended effects. It’s an invasive technology.”
Dr. Theirry Vrain
Don’t Live In Victoria, BC?
Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health is a cross-Canada tour and may be coming to your city. Dr. Shiv Chopra was not able to attend the Vancouver Island event but will be accompanying Dr. Vrain through the majority of the cross Canada tour. Dr. Shiv Chopra is a former Health Canada senior scientific advisor who blew the whistle on Monsanto’s GE bovine growth hormone (rBGH). For a full listing of events see below.
Victoria Event Details
The event will be held at the University of Victoria Room A 110 in the David Turpin Building (DTB), formally the Social Sciences building. It will start at 7pm and the event will be hosted by John Volpe. Dr. Theirry Vrains talk will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local representatives. The event is by donation.
Dr. Thierry Vrain’s presentation, The Gene Revolution will:
1.explain what genetic engineering is, how it began, and how it has progressed. This will be facilitated through a slide presentation, citing the latest scientific studies;
2.define the documented effects of GE foods and how that relates to human health; and
3.discuss what the future holds for us if GE foods are not stopped.
For more information on Genetically Modified Foods see here.
See you all there!
The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture
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Rachel Dickens, The Conscious Dietitian, is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She graduated with her Masters in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2010 from Griffith University. She strives to provide evidence-based nutrition information with a focus on plant-based nutrition, and share some of her favourite seasonal recipes and sustainable eating tips.