Join Save New Mexico Seeds and the UNM Fair Trade Initiative for a FREE and inspiring conversation with Vandana Shiva, Percy Schmeiser and Dan Rivecher about the:
“Impacts of Genetically Engineered Crops on the Freedom to Farm in the US and Abroad. How Far Will It Go?”
The event will take place at 4pm on Saturday, October 29th at Woodward Hall at UNM. Overflow in Ballrooms A and B in the SUB.
PDF file with flyer and campus map: http://www.savenmseeds.org/images/stories/flyer-map.pdf
Hope to see you there!
UPDATE: Due to illness and unexpected circumstances, both Dr. Vandana Shiva and Percy Schmeiser will not speak at tomorrow’s event. They send their regrets and hope you will attend to hear the other speakers on these very important issues, including an update on the genetically engineered chile.
Current speaker list and updates are on the Save New Mexico Seeds Facebook page & I will try to copy them here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/save-new-mexico-seeds/update-on-free...
Due to illness and unexpected circumstances, both Dr. Vandana Shiva and Percy Schmeiser will not speak at tomorrow’s event. They send their regrets and hope you will attend to hear the other speakers on these very important issues, including an update on the genetically engineered chile. Speakers include:
Dan Ravicher, Executive Director of PUBPAT, will discuss the lawsuit filed by PUBPAT on behalf of organic farmers and seed companies: Organic Seed Growers & Trade Association, et al v. Monsanto. This lawsuit is a preemptive strike against Monsanto to protect farmers from being sued if they become contaminated from genetically engineered (GE) seeds. This lawsuit also seeks to invalidate the patent on GE seeds. (www.pubpat.org)
Prof. Ignacio Chapela, is an Associate Professor of Microbial Ecology at the University of California, Berkeley and Senior Researcher at GenØk, the National Center for Biosafety, Norway. Ignacio is known for a controversial 2001 paper in Nature on the flow of transgenes into wild maize populations, which Nature would later retract, the first in the journal's 133-year history. "Nature sent us recantation forms but ….I refused to sign them.”
Andrea Hanks, who is Navajo and Ojibwa, grew up harvesting wild rice in Minnesota. The Ojibwa's wild rice grows naturally, in muddy shallows. A GE rice now threatens this native staple food and livelihood. She will talk about her experiences living next to fields planted with GE crops and legislation in passed in Minnesota around sacred crops.
Bryce Stevens, an Organic Farmer and Rancher from NW Kansas, carries on the family’s tradition on 1000 acres where he primarily raises wheat and livestock. Certified organic for over 15 years, he is now unable to plant organic soybean and corn due to potential GE contamination. He grows and maintains a landrace wheat called ‘Turkey Red” that was introduced to the Plains by the Mennonites. Bryce is a seed saver and maintains his own stock of wheat, alfalfa and clover.