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GMOs: What You Need to Know

with Stacy Malkan + 20 Experts
Join Stacy Malkan and 15+ leading scientists, farmers, medical doctors, business leaders, advocates, and wellness experts to learn about the genetic manipulation of our food system, how to avoid GMOs, and why this matters for the health of your family and future generations. Your choices today will decide the future of our food!

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GMO and the Pesticide Treadmill

with Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, PhD
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Marcia Ishii-Eiteman is a senior scientist and director of the Grassroots Science Program at Pesticide Action Network (PAN). Before joining PAN in 1996, Marcia worked in Asia and Africa for 14 years where she helped develop farmer field schools in ecological pest management, sustainable agriculture and community-based rural development projects, and women's health, literacy and resource conservation projects. Marcia holds a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and a B.A. in Women’s Studies from Yale University. She has written extensively on the ecological, social and political dimensions of food and agriculture.
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The Science of GMOs and Unintended Consequences

with Michael Hansen, PhD
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Mike has been sharing his scientific expertise with Consumers Union for more than 20 years. A biologist and ecologist who did his Ph.D. in the techniques of Integrated Pest Management, he has identified many an insect for concerned CU staff. He develops policy, testifies before government agencies, speaks widely at conferences in the US and abroad, and talks frequently to media on critical food safety and environmental health issues including mad cow disease, genetic engineering, and pesticide use.
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From Pro GMO to Anti GMO

with Thierry Vrain, PhD
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Dr. Vrain is a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who, after a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, no longer supports genetic engineering in Agriculture.  During those years he was the Head of a research group of 40 professionals in Biotechnology, the Vice President and President of national and international associations of soil biologists, and an Associate Editor of several scientific Journals in Europe and the USA.  Alarmed by the avalanche of scientific studies out of Europe raising many concerns about the long-term safety of genetically engineered foods, Dr. Vrain is increasing public awareness about their potential hazards.
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GMOs Warts and All: A Scientist's Case for Transparency

with Belinda Martineau, PhD
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Belinda Martineau earned her B.A. in biology at Harvard University and her Ph.D. in genetics at U.C. Berkeley. She was a Principal Scientist at Calgene Inc., where she helped commercialize the world's first genetically engineered whole food, a tomato which was enthusiastically labeled in grocery stores and well received by consumers. She is the author of First Fruit: The Creation of the Flavr SavrTM Tomato and the Birth of Biotech Food and a Principal Editor at U.C. Davis.
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Trends in Children’s Health and the Path to Healing

with Michelle Perro, MD
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Michelle Perro, MD, DHom is a skilled and insightful Integrative Pediatrician who cares for newborns to teenagers, and often works with their parents as well. Dr. Perro helps navigate the challenges of acute and chronic childhood illnesses, and offers in-depth assessments at both our San Francisco and Marin clinics. With the heart of an explorer, she has developed a multi-disciplinary approach that uses Western medicine, homeopathy, functional medicine, nutritional and herbal approaches.
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Generation RX: Kids’ Health and GMOs

with Robyn O'Brien
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Robyn O'Brien is an author, public speaker, strategist and mother of four.  She brings insight and detailed analysis to her research on the health of the American food system as documented in her first book, The Unhealthy Truth, and has been called "food's Erin Brockovich" by the New York Times. Robyn is the founder of the AllergyKids Foundation, a 501 c3 non-profit.  The mission of AllergyKids is to restore the health of American families by addressing the needs of the 1 in 3 American children that now has allergies, autism, ADHD and asthma and the role that additives in our food supply are having on our health.  The Foundation also works closely with those fighting cancer, particularly those with specific dietary needs.
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From Starlink to Salmon: The Rise of GMOs and the People's Movement for Healthier Food

with Lisa Archer
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Lisa is the Food and Technology Program Director at Friends of the Earth. She leads efforts to ensure food, consumer products and emerging technologies are safe for people and the environment. For more than a decade, she has developed and led successful corporate accountability, markets and legislative campaigns focused on environmental health and justice. Lisa is a graduate of Green Corps, the field school for environmental organizing and holds a dual degree in International Relations and Economics. 
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Tales of a Reluctant Eco-Mom

with Kristi Marsh
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Kristi Marsh is a cancer survivor and author of the book Little Changes. She founded Choose Wiser, an organization, dedicated to educating women about the interaction between environmental toxins and their health, and empower and encourage them to become savvy, aware consumers.  Kristi’s efforts has been recognized and celebrated the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and Women’s Voices for the Earth.
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Going Non-GMO with Your Family

with Lisa Bronner
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Lisa Bronner is the granddaughter of Dr. Bronner, creator of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. While her brothers continue to make soaps, she is a mother of three who blogs about the best ways to use the magic soap. Find her at lisa.drbronner.com.
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Igniting the GMO Labeling Movement in California

with Pamm Larry
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Pamm Larry, based in Chico, CA is a former farmer, midwife, businesswoman and a gutsy grandmother of three. She is the founder of LabelGMOs. A couple of years ago, she was so distraught about our modern day food system that she quit her day job and spent her time educating herself on GMOs and how to apply for a ballot initiative. Next, she searched for a team and went straight to the state capital to painstakingly navigate through the bureaucratic muddle of tedious paperwork necessary to put an initiative on the California ballot. This process initiated Proposition 37 in California.
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From Dan Quayle to Obama: The Politics of GMOs

with Dave Murphy
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Dave Murphy is the founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!, a grassroots movement of more than 650,000 American farmers and citizens dedicated to reforming policies relating to food, agriculture and the environment. Murphy has been called “the most crucial and politically savvy actor in the on-going efforts to help move American agriculture into the 21st century” as a result of his “Sustainable Dozen” campaign. Murphy served as the Co-Chair of Prop 37, helped write and pass GMO labeling bills in Connecticut and Maine and coined the phrase the Monsanto Protection Act and successfully led the charge to repeal it. Most recently, he presented the first ever shareholder resolution to support mandatory GMO labeling at the annual Monsanto shareholders meeting at Monsanto’s headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Lies, Dirty Tricks and the $45 Million Campaign to Beat Prop 37

with Michele Simon
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Michele Simon is a public health lawyer specializing in legal strategies to counter corporate tactics that harm the public’s health. Simon has been researching and writing about the food industry and food politics since 1996. Michele is the author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines our Health and How to Fight Back. She tracked food industry lobbying to defeat the GMO labeling initiatives and wrote about her investigations on EatDrinkPolitics.com 
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Justice Begins with Seeds

with Miguel Robles
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Miguel Robles is the co-founder and project director of Biosafety Alliance. For many years he has been involved in social struggles related to globalization, democracy and human rights. He has founded several organizations. He has been the main organizer of the annual conference; Justice Begins with Seeds, focused in building cross sector, multilevel and inter-ethnic alliances of individuals and organizations working together to engage in broader outreach around genetically modified organisms (GMO) in our food. He was hired as a field organizer in Spanish speaking communities in California by Yes on Prop. 37 and has hosted an educational program in Spanish in a commercial radio station, in which he educates around sustainability, food, environmental issues, GMO's and its multiple local and global implications.
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The Business Case for GMO Labeling

with Grant Lundberg
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Grant Lundberg has been the Chief Executive Officer of Lundberg Family Farms since 1997 and serves as its Director. Lundberg Family Farms® is a family-owned and operated business that is committed to producing the finest quality rice and rice products for your family. Since 1937, the Lundberg family has been growing healthy, great tasting rice while respecting and sustaining the earth. Grant serves as a Director of Frontier Natural Products Co-op. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Management and a Master of Science in Agricultural Economics before joining the family business in 1987.
 
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The Inside Story of Washington's I-522 Campaign

with Trudy Bialic
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Trudy Bialic is the director of public affairs for PCC Natural Markets, a consumer-owned retail grocer with nine stores and 46,000 active member-owners in the Seattle area. She’s the go-to person on organic and product quality standards, writes PCC’s public policy positions, and addresses controversial food issues in the monthly paper, Sound Consumer. She helped draft Washington state’s GMO labeling bill, I-522.
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The Junk Food Lobby Strategy to Stop Labeling

with Michele Simon
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Michele Simon is a public health lawyer specializing in legal strategies to counter corporate tactics that harm the public’s health. Simon has been researching and writing about the food industry and food politics since 1996. Michele is the author of Appetite for Profit: How the Food Industry Undermines our Health and How to Fight Back. She tracked food industry lobbying to defeat the GMO labeling initiatives and wrote about her investigations on EatDrinkPolitics.com 
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Genetically Engineered Animals and the Case for God's Design

with Jaydee Hanson
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Jaydee Hanson works as a policy analyst for the Center for Food Safety on issues related to nanotechnology, animal cloning and animal genetic engineering. He also works for the Center’s sister agency, the International Center for Technology Assessment (ICTA) where he directs their work on human genetics, synthetic biology and nanotechnology. He is the US co-chair for the Nanotechnology Taskforce of the Transatlantic Consumers Dialogue and a fellow of the Institute on Biotechnology and the Human Future.
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Why GMOs are Ground Zero in the Quest for Justice, Ecology and Solutions

with Gopal Dayaneni
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Gopal Dayaneni has been involved in fighting for social, economic, environmental and racial justice through organizing & campaigning, teaching, writing, speaking and direct action since the late 1980's. He currently serves on the staff of the Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project, which works to bring a strategic understanding of ecological crisis and transition to racial and economic justice organizers. Gopal also serves on the board of the International Accountability Project, is an active trainer and organizer with the Ruckus Society and a member of the Progressive Communicators Network.  He works at the intersections of war, corporate globalization, global ecology, environmental justice and democracy. 
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Who Do You Trust to Control Our Food Choices?

with Zack Kaldveer
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Zack Kaldveer is assistant communications director for Organic Consumers Association. Zack also served as the Assistant Media Director for California's Prop 37 campaign (labeling of genetically modified foods) and was the former Communications Director of the Consumer Federation of California and Editor of the California Progress Report. Zack has worked as an advocate, writer, and strategist on a diverse range of local, statewide, and national issues including environmental, social and economic justice, education reform, privacy rights, election integrity, corporate accountability, peace and nuclear non-proliferation, and human rights.
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The Path to a Sustainable Food System: Organic, not GMO

with Arran Stephens
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Arran Stephens has been at the leading edge of the organic food movement for most of his 7 decades. He and wife Ratana co-founded Nature’s Path Organic Foods in 1985. Today, Nature’s Path is North America’s largest organicand independent cereal company with state-of-the-art factories in BC, WA and WI, employing hundreds of valued team members and providing markets for scores of independent organic family farmers via their non-GMO cereals, granola bars, waffles, mixes and toaster pastries. 

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Stacy Malkan

Stacy Malkan is co-founder of the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and author of the award-winning book "Not Just a Pretty Face: The Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry." She is a leading advocate for safer products, healthy food and clean production.