GM plants are the result of one of the most rapidly adopted plant-based technologies ever deployed. In the U.S. alone, hundreds of millions of people and billions of farm animals have been consuming products from these crops for more than 15 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 a 3 hour block, consisting of six expert presentations, two Q&A panel periods and 15 minute break and summary/audience discussion.
This session has been approved for 1.5 LACES credit hours.