Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Feb 14 - NCAS Talk - Are Genetically Modified Foods Safe to Eat? And Other Issues Related to The Science of Genetic Engineering

    Anastasia Bodnar, Ph.D.
In a recent Pew poll, 88% of AAAS scientists said that genetically engineered crops were safe to eat.  In contrast, only 37% of non-scientists surveyed said genetically engineered crops were safe to eat. While there are values-based issues involved, such as the role of capitalism and patents in our food supply, a large part of this gap can be explained by lack of information. In this talk, Anastasia Bodnar will describe some of the technologies behind the genetically engineered foods on your plate and discuss some of the controversies that surround them.

Anastasia is a Board Member of Biology Fortified, Inc. BFI is an independent 501(c)(3) that aims to encourage conversation about agriculture, biotech, food, and related subjects. Originally from Florida, Anastasia has a BS in Biology from the University of Maryland and a PhD in Genetics, with a minor in Sustainable Agriculture, from Iowa State. In her research, Anastasia used biotech and breeding to enhance nutritional traits in corn and investigated potential unintended effects of genetic engineering.

Saturday, February 14, 2015 1:30 PM
National Science Foundation, Room 110
4201 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA (Ballston-MU Metro stop)
Enter NSF from the corner of 9th St. N & N. Stuart Streets.
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FREE admission – 
Everyone welcome, members and non-members. 
Refreshments and socializing after the talk.

For more information: 
- Email
- Call the 24-hour Skeptic Line at 240-670-NCAS (6227)