Victoria Event: Introducing Dr Thierry Vrain – Genetic Engineer Gone Anti-GMO Activist

Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health

Thing feel like they are heating up around here, with the Washington initiative I-522 about to be put to the voters and the UBCM passing the resolution asking for BC to be a GE (genetically engineered) free zone. Here in Victoria we are planning something very exciting. On November 18th, Dr. Thierry Vrain, a retired soil biologist and genetic engineer who has retired from a 30-year career with Agriculture Canada, is going to tell us the truth about GMO technology.

Dr Thierry Vrain Genetically Engineered Food and Human Health Tour

Who Is Dr Theirry Vrain?

Born in France, Vrain studied plant physiology in the USA before moving to Canada to teach in the area at Université du Québec in Montréal. He then worked for 30 years as a research scientist for the Canadian government in Québec and British Columbia where he con­ducted research on genetically modified potatoes, among other projects. He was also the director of the biotechnology department at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in Summerland, BC. Since his retirement Vrain has become an advocate for organic gardening and a passionate speaker on the detrimental effects of GMO’s. For more information on Dr. Theirry Vrain see his Ted Talk The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture here, or scroll down to the bottom of the page.

“When we started with genetic engi­neer­ing in the 1980s, the sci­ence was based on the the­ory that one gene pro­duces one pro­tein. But we now know, since the human genome project, that a gene can cre­ate more than one pro­tein. The inser­tion of genes in the genome through genetic engi­neer­ing inter­rupts the cod­ing sequence of the DNA, creating truncated, rogue pro­teins, which can cause unin­tended effects. It’s an inva­sive technology.”
Dr. Theirry Vrain

Don’t Live In Victoria, BC?

Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health is a cross-Canada tour and may be coming to your city. Dr. Shiv Chopra was not able to attend the Vancouver Island event but will be accompanying Dr. Vrain through the majority of the cross Canada tour. Dr. Shiv Chopra is a former Health Canada senior scientific advisor who blew the whistle on Monsanto’s GE bovine growth hormone (rBGH). For a full listing of events see below.

Genetically Engineered Foods and Human Health Tour

Victoria Event Details

The event will be held at the University of Victoria Room A 110 in the David Turpin Building (DTB), formally the Social Sciences building. It will start at 7pm and the event will be hosted by John Volpe. Dr. Theirry Vrains talk will be followed by a panel discussion featuring local representatives. The event is by donation.

Dr. Thierry Vrain’s presentation, The Gene Revolution will:

1.explain what genetic engineering is, how it began, and how it has progressed. This will be facilitated through a slide presentation, citing the latest scientific studies;

2.define the documented effects of GE foods and how that relates to human health; and

3.discuss what the future holds for us if GE foods are not stopped.

For more information on Genetically Modified Foods see here.

See you all there!

The Gene Revolution, The Future of Agriculture

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