Steven M. Druker, Attorney, Author, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth
Although it’s routinely claimed that producing new foods through genetic engineering is no riskier than traditional breeding—and that questioning the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) is tantamount to denying the reality of climate change—the facts do not support such claims, and analysis reveals that these claims rely on multiple misrepresentations. As the Royal Society of Canada and several other scientific institutions have recognized, bioengineering involves higher health risks. Several studies in peer-reviewed journals detected that GMO foods caused harm to animals when consumed. The hazards are especially striking in light of the lessons from computer science about the unavoidable risks of altering human-engineered information systems that are much simpler and far easier to comprehend than bioinformation systems. Come discuss this topic with author and attorney Steven Drucker.
Steven M. Druker is a public interest attorney who initiated a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that revealed the agency had covered up its own scientists’ warnings about the risks of genetically engineered foods and then misrepresented the facts. He has served on the food safety panels at conferences conducted by the National Research Council and the FDA; spoken at numerous universities, including Harvard, Columbia and Cornell; and met with government officials worldwide, including the heads of food safety for the U.K., Canada, France, Ireland and Australia. Drucker received his law degree from UC Berkeley, where he was elected to both the California Law Review and the Order of the Coif (the legal honor society).
Location: 555 Post St., San FranciscoTime: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program, 7 p.m. book signingMLF: Health & MedicineProgram organizer: Bill Grant
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