Online presentations to focus on GMOs

Those interested in learning more about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are encouraged to register for the upcoming Current Issues in Nutrition online presentation.

Titled, “GMOs: What You Need to Know,” two nutrition professionals will provide a review of biotechnology in the food system and discuss the controversy surrounding GMOs. Those who take part in the presentations will walk away with practical insight to use in consumer education.

ruthOne of the presenters, Dr. Ruth MacDonald, professor and chair of Iowa State University’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, will focus her presentation on reducing the fear of biotechnology. She’ll define how genetic engineering is used in agriculture and explain what foods have been genetically modified. MacDonald also will define the evidence for safety of genetic engineering and identify consumer perspectives on genetic engineering.

nancy-floresAlso presenting will be Dr. Nancy Flores, extension food technology specialist for New Mexico State University’s Department of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. She will provide a general overview of GMOs and research regarding food safety. Specifically, she’ll touch on the history and definition of GMOs, applications and considerations for use, and labeling of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) foods.

The online presentations will be available by March 20, to those who register. All registered participants will receive an email with instructions on how to access the presentations. Then on Tuesday, April 18, a live, interactive Q&A session will take place from noon to 1 p.m. CDT. The Q&A session will be recorded and made available online following its conclusion.

To register or to learn more about the presentation, go to


Whitney Sager, communications coordinator, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, 515-294-9166,

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