Ethical issues in genetically modified food: values and risks of biotechnology

Date: 12 November 2013

Venue: University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, R.002 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 Antwerpen

Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Organization / co-organization: IOB, USOS, MO*

Short description: Debating Development: Luise O. Fresco (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) and Barbara Van Dyck (independent researcher, Belgium). Moderator: Alma De Walsche

In May 2011 a group of activists entered a piece of land in Wetteren, Belgium, where a genetically modified potato field trial was being carried out in order to protest against the uncritical use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for food commercialisation. This protest reflected wider concerns about the extent to which the proliferation of genetically modified food leads to farmers' dependency on large multinational companies, in a situation where GMOs’ risks for environment and public health are unclear and regulatory frameworks are still lacking. At the same time, a number of prominent scientists emphasise the potential of GMOs for increasing food security worldwide.

In this debate, Louise O. Fresco (University of Amsterdam) and bio-engineer Barbara van Dyck will touch on these and other critical issues as they discuss the benefits and pitfalls of GMOs.

Prof. Louise O. Fresco
Prof. Louise O. Fresco (1952) was appointed a University Professor at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) in 2006. She has a strong commitment to international development, agriculture and food. Her career includes a PhD cum laude in tropical agronomy (Wageningen), chairs and lectureships at prestigious universities such as Uppsala, Louvain and Stanford, and leading positions within the FAO of the UN. Fresco has extensively published both in academic journals and in the popular media. As a leading thinker, she was invited to speak at the annual TED Conference in Palm Springs in 2009. Read more.

Barbara van Dyck
Barbara van Dyck is a researcher and activist. Motivated by a concern to understand and impact on social transformation, her research focuses on the political economy and the political ecology of development. She is active in networks that deal with issues of food sovereignty and that focus on the role of science in society. She has a PhD in applied economics (University of Antwerp) and is trained as an engineer in forest, land and urban management issues (Ghent University).







Entrance fee: free


Contact email:

Contact phone: +32 3 265 56 54


Attachment: Folder Debating Development