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Are GMOs really that bad? McKay Jenkins, professor of English, Journalism and Environmental Humanities at the University of Delaware, takes a fresh look at what they actually mean for our food system and for us. Are GMOs an astounding scientific breakthrough destined to end world hunger? Or are they simply a way for giant companies to control a problematic food system? Jenkins traveled across the country to answer these questions and discovered that the GMO controversy is more complicated than meets the eye. The result is a comprehensive, nuanced examination of the state of our food system and a much-needed guide for consumers to help them make more informed choices about what to eat for their next meal.
McKay Jenkins is a former staff writer for the Atlanta Constitution, and is the author of What’s Gotten Into Us: Staying Healthy in a Toxic World; Bloody Falls of the Coppermine: Madness, Murder and the Collision of Cultures in the Arctic, 1913; The Last Ridge: The Epic Story of the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Division and the Assault on Hitler’s Europe; The White Death: Tragedy and Heroism in an Avalanche Zone; and The South in Black and White: Race, Sex, and Literature in the 1940s. He is also the editor of The Peter Matthiessen Reader. A winner of the University of Delaware’s Excellence in Teaching Award, Jenkins is currently Tilghman Professor of English and a member of the Program in Journalism. He lives in Baltimore with his family.
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 2:30pm