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The next Aquatic Academy session will be held in spring 2017. The Aquarium regularly hosts Aquatic Academy sessions in the spring and fall of each year, providing an opportunity for members of the community to learn more about ocean and environmental issues. In a series of three or four evening classes, attendees hear presentations and panel discussions from scientists and other experts, getting in-depth information about pressing environmental topics and the most current data and interpretation from the speakers.

According to the United Nations, we will need 70 percent more food by 2050. Currently we devote more than half of Earth’s ice-free land surface and 70 percent of Earth’s available freshwater to grow our crops, and the nutrient-rich run off produces dead zones in the ocean. Can GMOs help solve this dilemma?

Join us for a four-part adult education course on genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. Learn about what GMOs are, the advantages and disadvantages of using GMO crops and animals in our food system, the potential health implications of GMOs, and issues surrounding labeling of products that use GMOs.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in lively discussions about the science of GMOs with experts in the fields of agriculture, biotechnology, environmental science, and sustainability.

Session 1/March 2:

Overview of Course and an Introduction to GMOs and the Issues.

  • Dr. Jerry R. Schubel, President and CEO, Aquarium of the Pacific
  • Dr. Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist in the Department of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology Science, UC Davis

Session 2/March 9:

GMOs and What Does the Science Tell Us?

  • Peter Kareiva, Director, Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA
  • Dr. Neal Stewart, Professor of Plant Sciences, The Stewart Lab, University of Tennessee

Session 3/March 16:

GMOs and Aquaculture, The Promise and the Peril.

  • Dr. Yonathan Zohar, Chair of the Marine Biotechnology Department, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Ronald Stotish, Executive Director, President and CEO, AquaBounty Technologies

Session 4/March 23:

A Panel Discussion: Putting all the Pieces Together. The Case For and Against GMO Labeling.

  • Mark Lynas, British author, journalist and environmental activist
  • Nathanael Johnson, Food Editor, Grist and Author
  • Dr. Alan McHughen, CE Biotechnology Specialist and Geneticist, UC Riverside
  • Chef Paul Buchanan, Primal Alchemy
Aquatic Academy | Genetically Modified Organisms: Separating Fact from Fiction
Archived Event Information

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2016 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2016 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM

Wednesday, Mar 23, 2016 | 7:00 PM–9:30 PM

Cost $40 per person, $35 per Aquarium member. $10 additional for CEU credit with California State University, Long Beach (CSULB).
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RSVP (562) 590-3100

Parking will be validated for registered course participants. For more information, email Adina Metz at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).