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Genetic Pollution: Lecture with Paul Thompson
Friday, April 20, 2012 - 1:46pm

Portland State University Socratic Society presents:
GENETIC POLLUTION

A lecture with Paul Thompson of Michigan State University
Wednesday, May 2, 5 p.m.
Smith Student Union, Room 238


Debates over the environmental impact of genetically engineered crops oscillate between two wildly incompatible ways of understanding pollution. Thompson will examine the roots of these two conceptions, and  argue that there is no clear "neutral" perspective from which one might adjudicate this controversy.

Paul B. Thompson is the W.K. Kellogg Professor of Agricultural, Food and Community Ethics at Michigan State University, where he is also a member of the faculty in the departments of Philosophy, Agricultural Food and Resource Economics and Community, Agriculture, Recreation and Resource Studies. For thirty years he has undertaken research and teaching on ethical issues in agriculture and the food system. His studies include ethical dimensions of global hunger, agricultural technology (including biotechnology) and the treatment of agricultural
animals. He has spoken on these issues over two dozen foreign countries on every continent and has published numerous books and articles. He is a two-time winner of the American Agricultural Economics Association Award for Excellence in Communication, and has served on scientific advisory committees for the U.S. National Research Council, Genome Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Netherlands’ Mansholt Institute. His most recent book is The Agrarian Vision: Sustainability and Environmental Ethics published by the University Press of
Kentucky in 2010.