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'Green Living' Series Continues

Genetically modified crops to be discussed


03/10/2009

The spring 2009 "Green Living" seminars and workshops hosted by MCLA's Berkshire Environmental Resource Center (BERC) will continue on Thursday, March 26, at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation on the "Risks and Regulation of Genetically Modified Crops," in Murdock Hall conference room 218.

The public is invited to attend this free series, "Good Food: Sustainable Agriculture for the 21st Century." The aim of the series is to inform students and the community about why and how to increase the sustainability of our food system.

Participants will learn ways to directly contribute to improving agricultural sustainability through hands-on workshops on green gardening techniques.

No reservation is required.

This presentation will be presented by Carol Auer, associate professor in the Department of Plant Science at the University of Connecticut. Auer's scholarly work focuses on policy and ecological risk assessment for genetically modified plants.

She worked in the Office of Risk Assessment and Cost Benefit Analysis in the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., and recently received support to study agricultural policy in Australia from the Bioethics Center, Institute for Social and Policy Studies at Yale University.

Auer holds a Master's degree from the Department of Ornamental Horticulture at the University of Florida and a Ph.D. from the Department of Botany at the University of Maryland.