The Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center and Connecticut College Arboretum will host a panel discussion entitled ‘Know GMOs: The Future of Agriculture,’ at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30 in the Olin Science Center auditorium at Connecticut College.

This panel discussion will focus on consumer education and understanding of genetically engineered crops. The panelists are scientists and practitioners. Each will briefly introduce their views on genetic engineering and its use in our food system, and then answer questions from the audience. It is free and open to the public.

Maggie Jones, executive director of the Nature Center, will moderate the panel.

The panelists:

Kristine J. Hardeman, Connecticut College senior lecturer in biology and botany departments. She teaches cells labs, genetics labs and preparation. She also teaches a seminar on genetically modified crops. After receiving her Ph.D., she was actively involved in research in plant molecular biology both in academic labs and in the agricultural industry for many years. She studied pollen and embryo development in maize, carried out gene mapping in tomatoes and worked on making drought tolerant corn.

Brendan Hinchey, a Connecticut College graduate with a degree in Botany, who works at Monsanto Mystic Research as a Corn Transformation Lead.

Bill Duesing, former Executive Director of CT NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association of Connecticut). Bill is the author of Living on the Earth: Eclectic Essays for a Sustainable and Joyful Future. For over 30 years he has been promoting local, organic and sustainable methods for obtaining our basic needs, especially food, through direct use of the sun’s energy. Bill has been an organic farmer for 40 years.

The program will meet in the Olin Science Center Auditorium, Connecticut College, 270 Mohegan Ave, New London, CT. For more information call 860-439-5020 or email [email protected]