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Debunking Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Myths

Jeff Wasielewski

Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

Debunking Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Myths

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This workshop is offered free of charge. Registrations are requested but not required.

Topics covered:

  • What are GM foods and how are they produced
  • What types of GM foods are being produced and consumed in the USA
  • Recent domestic and international trends and development with GM food products
  • The Pros and Cons of producing and consuming GMO foods
  • Updates on regulations to label foods containing GMO  products
  • Efforts being undertaken by the University of Florida to resuscitate the South Florida papaya industry through the development and commercialization of a GM papaya that is resistant to papaya ringspot diseases

Program Details:


8:30 – 9:00

Registration, Introduction and Pre-Survey

Dr. Edward ‘Gilly’ Evans and Jeff Wasielewski

9:00 – 9:45

What are GM Foods and how are they produced?

Dr. Keith Schneider

9:45 – 10:30

Pros and Cons of Producing and Consuming GM Foods

Dr. Kevin Folta

10:30 – 10:45

Coffee Break


10:45 – 11:15

Labelling of GM Foods in the US

Dr. Reneé Goodrich Schneider

11:15 – 11:30

Progress Report on TREC’s Effort to develop GM papaya that is resistant to papaya ringspot virus

Dr. Jonathan H. Crane

11:30 – 11:45

Findings of Recent Survey on Willingness of South Florida Growers to Produce GM Papaya

Braulia De Oleo

11:45 – 12:00

Wrap Up: General Question and Answer and Post-Survey


More Information:

To date, there are more than 30 commercial genetically modified (GM) crops grown on almost 160 million hectares of land in 29 countries. Moreover, it is expected that by 2015, there will be more than 120 GM crops. Benefits associated with such improved crops include resistance to pests and diseases; tolerance towards herbicides, drought, salinity, and extreme temperatures; and improved nutritional and grain quality.

Genetically modified crops have societal and environmental benefits, such as higher revenues; more agricultural productivity; fewer pesticides and herbicides; and improved soil management practices, such as the no-till farming system. Despite the fact that GM crops are widely grown and have enormous potential to solve some of mankind’s most pressing problems, namely how to feed a population that will reach close to nine billion people by the year 2030 in face of climate change and dwindling natural resources, public opinion remains mixed.

With a sea of confusing information surrounding the topic, the aim of this workshop is to provide participants with up to date science based information to assist with their decision making process.

For questions on registrations please, contact Jeff Wasielewski, jwasielewski@ufl.edu, 305-248-331, ext. 227 or Dr. Edward (Gilly) Evans, eaevans@ufl.edu or 305-246-7001 Ext. 272.


The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Employment Opportunity – Affirmative Action Employer authorized to provide research, educational information and other services only to individuals and institutions that function without regard to race, color, sex, age, handicap or national origin.


For sign language interpreters or materials in accessible format or other ADA Accommodations please call Donna Lowe at (305)248-3311 x 240 at least five days in advance.

Have questions about Debunking Genetically Modified (GM) Crops Myths? Contact Jeff Wasielewski

When & Where

Miami-Dade Extension Office
18710 Southwest 288th Street
Homestead, FL 33030

Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)

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Jeff Wasielewski

Tropical Fruit Crops Extension Agent, Miami-Dade County, IFAS

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