Humboldt State hosts GMO Speaker Series

Humboldt State Hosts GMO Speaker Series

 Humboldt State University and GMO Free Humboldt present the Genetically Modified Organism Fall Speaker Series Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and Sept. 12 on the HSU campus.

Lectures are free and open to the public and will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Native American Forum, Room 162 of the Behavioral and Social Sciences Building.

Ray Seidler kicks-off the speaker series Aug. 29 with “The Truth About GMOs.”

Seidler spent 16 years as a professor of microbiology at Oregon State University and 17 years as senior research scientist and team leader at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

He has authored or co-authored over 155 peer reviewed publications and three books. While at the EPA, Seidler also wrote the first GMO biosafety research plan and conducted extensive research on GMOs.

On Sept. 5, Michael Hansen presents “Are Genetically Engineered Foods Safe to Eat? What Are the Risks, and Who Ensures Safety?” Hansen is a senior staff scientist at Consumers Union, a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the rights of consumers and the publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.

Hansen has been responsible for developing Consumers Union positions on safety, testing and labeling of genetically engineered food and mad cow disease. Since 2003, he has worked on a multi-state effort to ban the use of food crops to produce pharmaceutical drugs and industrial chemicals.

Ignacio Chapela delivers the final installment of the speaker series Sept. 12 with “GMOs: Who Wins, Who Loses?”

Chapela has held various research posts in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway and the United States. Before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley, Chapela worked in the agro- and pharmaceutical industry, academia and policy-making institutions. In addition to working on microbial ecology, he has also researched the access, ownership and stewardship of genetic resources.

For more information on the GMO Speaker Series, contact Noah Zerbe, chair of the Department of Politics, at (707) 826-3911 or [email protected] or Bill Schaser of GMO Free Humboldt at (707) 443-5323 or [email protected]
Arianne Aryanpur
Marketing & Communications
Humboldt State University
707.826.5112 | [email protected]


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  2. Kevin Hoover said:

    I have a call in to Noah. I’m wondering whether this is the entire series, or if there are more balancing speakers to come.

  3. Mark Wilson said:

    A political organization (GMO-free Humboldt) hand picks, and pays for, a set of
    speakers. The speakers’ views are contrary to those of every scientific
    body that has examined GMOs (The World Health Organization, the American
    Medical Association, The National Academy of Sciences, the American Association
    for the Advancement of Science – and every other scientific body – all of which
    have supported further GMO development as safer than traditional plant

    None of the speakers represent the broad scientific consensus on an issue that has
    been studied for decades.

    Noah Zerbe, a Politics Professor, gives the political group academic cover by
    calling this ‘A Humboldt State University Speaker Series’ even though HSU had
    no role in selecting the speakers, and the speakers were picked specifically to
    promote a political ideology. He further gives it the misleading title of
    “GMO Speaker Series” rather than “Anti-GMO speaker series”.

    Noah Zerbe should be ashamed of himself for letting the University be manipulated
    into promoting political organizations with anti-science viewpoints. It does
    the University, the students, and the community a disservice.

    Mark Wilson
    Professor of Biology
    Humboldt State University

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