GM plants are the result of one of the most rapidly adopted plant-based technologies ever deployed. In the United States alone, hundreds of millions of people and billions of farm animals have been consuming products from these crops for more than fifteen years. GMOs represent a flashpoint for attitudes about food, plants, plant conservation, and the role of gardens in economic botany and crop wild relative research. As the primary delivery network for informal plant science education in the country, the public garden community has barely scratched the surface of this complex, controversial, and critically important topic. This session will gather experts on the history, science, practice, environmental effects, and public engagement of GMOs to present a crash course on GMOs. The session will be presented in two 90-minute blocks, consisting of six expert presentations, two Q&A panel periods, and summary/audience discussion. GMOs 101 PART 2 will begin at 3 pm, also in Webster A.
This session has been approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.