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GMO MOOC hosts live sessions

The Science and Politics of the GMO MOOC is hosting live sessions with experts who are featured in the course. These sessions are open to anyone and offer the community an opportunity to have a live Q&A with experts. In these sessions you’ll hear from different perspectives on the GMO; from journalist to farmer, and lawyers to academics.

Challenges & Opportunities of GMO Crops: A Ghanaian Farmer’s Perspective
Monday, September 19, 2016
1:00pm – 2:00pm
A conversation between journalist Joseph Opoku Gakpo and farmer John Awuku Dziwornu about the challenges he faces as a rice farmer and whether he sees a role for biotechnology in his country, Ghana.

Local Knowledge vs. Scientific Knowledge: The Chestnut Tree
Thursday, September 22, 2016
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Scientists at New York State's College of Environmental Science and Forestry are working to genetically engineer an American chestnut tree to resist a fungal blight that has nearly eradicated the heritage tree species. One particularly interesting element of the so-called American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project is the institution's proximity to the Onondaga Nation Territory, a sovereign indigenous nation of the Haudenosaunee Iroquois, presenting cultural barriers that the researchers are attempting to navigate. In this live session, we will host Dr. Neil Patterson, Assistant Director at SUNY-ESF's Center for Native Peoples and the Environment, to discuss, among other things, how indigenous populations respond to scientific innovation, how they conceptualize what is and is not "natural," and the voice they have in technoscientific decision making.

How Should We Assess GMO’s?
Thursday, September 23, 2016
12:30pm – 1:30pm
In attempting to answer this question, it becomes clear that risk assessment differs for different people of different standpoints; whether you work for Monsanto, a government agency, are grocery shopping to feed your family, or are trying to grow crops in different countries of the world with access to limited tools, your perceptions vary greatly. Steven Druker, a public interest attorney and prominent critic and commentator on the risks of GMOs, will join us in a live discussion about these concerns.

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