Global Food/Local Perspectives: GMOs: What Should We Be Asking?
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 12:00pm

GMOs: What Should We Be Asking?

September 11, 12 pm

The issue of genetically modified food is a contentious one, yet there have been few opportunities for sustained public engagement in the issue beyond polarized debate and soundbites. However, the applications of biotechnology to agriculture demand deeper citizen participation in determining both the concerns and the potentials of how science and technology guide and shape food and agriculture in both local and global contexts. Join molecular biologist Lisa Weasel (author of Food Fray: Inside the Controversy over Genetically Modified Food) for an interactive forum that provides a look at the more complex issues GMO technology has raised, and gives participants an opportunity to engage in discussion around the questions we need to be asking about GMOs.


Bees on the Brink

October 9, 12 pm

One of every three bites of food eaten worldwide depends on pollinators, especially bees, for a successful harvest. For much of the past 10 years, beekeepers around the globe, have been reporting devastating annual hive losses. At the same time, the demand for pollination of fiber, fruit, vegetable and nut crops (especially California’s massive almond industry) has increased.What is causing Colony Collapse? What does this mean for global ecology and food production in the future? Ramesh Sagili, assistant professor in Horticulture running Oregon State University’s Honey Bee Lab, addresses these and other questions, and offers simple tips for home gardeners who want to think globally and act locally and begin fostering honey bees. 



November 19, 6 pm

Most of us drink coffee every morning, but probably don’t realize that nearly 100 million people around the world depend on it for their livelihood, including Portland, where coffee has become one of our most globally connected industries. How does coffee make it from “there” to here? What are the major challenges facing coffee producers in the 21st century and what is being done to meet them? How do Portland coffee companies and consumers impact this corner of the global economy?  Join writer Hanna Neuschwander (Left Coast Roast) for a percolating conversation with Portland Roasting Company’s Mark Stell and  David Griswold of Sustainable Harvest about how Portland’s thirst for coffee connects us to the world.


All events take place at the World Affairs Council of Oregon, 1200 SW Park Avenue.

Admission is $10 general; $5 WAC and Slow Food Portland members.

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