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February 13, 2003
Food For Thought: Lecture on Genetically Modified Crops

Patricia Conway
(631) 287 8313
Fax: (631) 283 4081

As part of its Current Topics in Environmental Science series, Southampton College will host a lecture entitled "Hopes and Fears: Genetically Modified Crops and the Impact of Agriculture" with Professor Edward Himelblau on Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. in the College's Business Center Lecture Hall.

"Humans depend on agriculture and agriculture can be very damaging to the environment," said Himelblau. "Recent advances in plant biotechnology have led to the creation of crop plants with newly engineered traits. Seed companies claim that these "genetically modified" plants will lessen the impact agriculture has on the environment by reducing herbicide and pesticide application and limiting erosion."

Environmental groups claim that modified crops bring the threat of herbicide-resistant weeds, new allergens in the human food supply and increased dependence of biotechnology companies. Until recently there have been few studies available to support or deny these claims. Himelblau will introduce the science behind genetically modified plants and discuss some recent studies that address some of the issues and concerns surrounding this new technology.

For further information on the Lecture Series call (631) 287-8396.