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LWV Forum on GMOs


On September 10th at 10:30 am at the Louisville Library meeting room, the League will kick off its new program year with a panel discussion on GMOs brought to you by the Agriculture study committee.  Panelists are 2 professors from CSU, an organic farmer and a conventional farmer who work land in Boulder County.  The professors will help us understand what a GMO is, how glyphosate (Round Up) works, and how to evaluate studies for credibility.  The farmers will give us their perspective on the economics of the production side and the consumer demand locally.  There will be time for questions from the audience.


Speakers are:

Daniel R. Bush, professor in the Biology Department at CSU.  He is a plant physiologist whose research focuses on how plants move nutrients through their vascular systems.  He is also investigating basic growth processes that will contribute to yield increases for food and fuel.  He was a Professor of plant biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for 15 years before coming to CSU as the Chair of Biology in 2003.  He is the former President of the American Society of Plant Biologists, and has served on a variety of panels and advisory boards for federal agencies.


Norman Dalsted, professor in the Agriculture Department at CSU.  Dr. Dalsted comes from a North Dakota farm background, and he currently farms land in Weld County.  His major fields are Farm and Ranch Management, Agricultural Finance, Agricultural Production Economics and Regional Economics.


Paul Schlegel, 3rd generation conventional farmer of 1000 acres in Boulder and Weld Counties.  He produces alfalfa, brewer barley, sugar beets and corn.  400 of the acres he farms are leased from Boulder County Open Space.


Sylvia R. Tawse, organic farmer.  She owns with her husband, Lyle Davis, Pastures of Plenty Farm in Longmont, a 35-acre organic farm; founder and president of Fresh Ideas Group,  a strategic communications firm dedicated to sustainable brands and issues.

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