What is a GMO & Why Should You Care?

Broadcast on 2015/01/03 (PT)

wp-James-gentileJames M. Gentile, PhD., Hope College, Dean for the Natural and Applied Sciences

Truth be told, Jim Gentile has influenced and shaped the direction of science in our country. His research programs have focused on plant-activation of environment carcinogens and on the connection between inflammation and cancer. He has conducted extensive research on the role of metabolism in the conversion of natural and xenobiotic agents into mutagens and carcinogens. He has published hundreds (if not thousands) of papers on scientific issues of major importance and has strong opinions about lots of things.  And his BIG beat goes on. But here’s the deal. Jim is the only person I know who can talk about GMOs, their history, what’s good about them, what we should be afraid of concerning GMOs (or not) and who can talk about it in plain English. This show sponsored by Chapman Tucson.

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2 thoughts on “What is a GMO & Why Should You Care?”

  1. Phil Sandine says:

    Ms Green;

    In the interview, Jim made reference to the high suicide rate among Indian farmers and that it is apparently due to the high cost of GM seeds.

    However, an article in The New Yorker appears to provide the facts to refute that – “The World Health Organization has estimated that a hundred and seventy thousand Indians commit suicide each year—nearly five hundred a day. Although many Indian farmers kill themselves, their suicide rate has not risen in a decade, according to a study by Ian Plewis, of the University of Manchester. In fact, the suicide rate among Indian farmers is lower than for other Indians and is comparable to that among French farmers.”


    1. Mrs. Green says:

      Dear Phil – something is VERY wrong with my system and I am not getting notified of comments. I apologize for not responding to this sooner. I would appreciate it if you would check out this article in the LA Times. http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-india-farmer-suicide-20140805-story.html
      Given that I have a small staff and have to spend hours doing all of the research for shows myself, it’s a challenge to cover “it” all and get everything straight. I check multiple sources & do my very best. After reading your reference and then re-reading this one – what IS the truth? And remember – we don’t tell you what to think – we just want you to. But I want to know WHAT you think. More conversation?

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