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Former Summerland scientist to speak against GMOs

A scientist formerly of the Summerland Research Station will be speaking against the very technology he helped to advance on Nov. 26 in Osoyoos.
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November 15, 2013 - 2:30 PM

OSOYOOS - A former Summerland Research Station scientist will talk about the risks of genetic engineering technology he once helped to advance.

Dr. Thierry Vrain, is a retired soil biologist and former head of the biotechnology department at the Summerland Research Station who was paid to promote genetically engineered organisms. After a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, he will speak against genetic technology at the Watermark Beach Resort vineyard room in Osoyoos on Nov. 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Vrain will be joined by Dr. Shiv Chopra, a former Health Canada advisor who blew the whistle on bovine growth hormone. The hormone is banned in Canada but still used in the United States to induce milk production in cows. Dr. Chopra will discuss how Canada's regulatory process can be compromised to serve corporate interests.

The two scientists are on a cross-country speaking tour to provide data on genetic engineering and its effects on human health.

The Osoyoos stop is a free event with a suggested donation of $5 at the door to cover the costs of hosting the speakers.

For more information contact Arlene Arlow of the Okanagan-Similkameen Farm Labour Society at aarlow@telus.netor or call 250-488-7567. Information on the cross-Canada tour is available at Society for a GE Free B.C.

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