Safety Issues of Genetically Modified Food Crops
A presentation by Arpad Pusztai, PhD
Thursday, January 15 2009, 7 pm
at Friends House, 60 Lowther Avenue, Toronto (at Bloor, one block north on Bedford)
World-renown scientist Dr Arpad Pusztai will speak about his research and how it revealed the health risks of GM foods, in particular the problems related to immunity and growth.
This will be followed by a discussion on policy issues in the Canadian context.
Dr Pusztai has a PhD from the University of London in biochemistry and physiology, and is former Senior Scientist at the Rowett Research Institute, Aberdeen, Scotland. Dr Pusztai was dismissed from the Rowett Research Institute after he went public with research on GM potatoes in 1998. His research was finally published in the The Lancet in 1999. Susan Bardocz, Professor of Nutrition at the Agricultural Faculty of University of Debrecen, and his wife, will also be available to speak on her research on the safety of GM foods. Download Dr. Pusztai's Biography.
In 2005, Arpad Pusztai was honoured with a whistleblower award from the Federation of German Scientists. Since his research has gone public he has given close to 200 lectures across the world. Dr. Pusztai’s work has been featured in many books on GM food e.g. Seeds of Deception by Jeffrey Smith and an interview was recently featured in the film The World According to Monsanto.
Dr Pusztai will discuss two lines of his research which have indicated that foods based on GM crops have a tendency to set up potentially damaging immune responses in the animals used for testing and also interfere with reproduction. There are also results to show that allergenicity is a possible acute health problem with GM food crops.
This event is co-sponsored by CIELAP, Quaker Institute for the Future, and Bio-Ag Consultants and Distributors