OWYE Series Event 05: Know Your GMO – The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

  • 5 November 2020
  • 18:30 - 21:30
  • OnAir Space, Shanghai

Bioengineering has led to some unusual innovations in the last few decades. But what’s more relevant to our daily life is how Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are affecting the health of ourselves and the planet.

Event Overview

On the positive side GMO crops can be more insect- and herbicide-resilient than natural crops. With the perks of drought tolerance and rotting resistance, GMO crops may have the potential to greatly increase food security. But downsides include how they affect human and environmental health. Research suggests that at an individual level GMO-based food may cause allergies and cancer, while the major concern on the planetary level is soil and water degradation due to heavy use of chemicals.

The truth is, GMOs simply have not been around long enough for us to understand their long-term effects and safety. So should we include GMOs in our diets?

Maybe we already do.

China grows and sells a number of GMO crops, and just last year, the government approved five new GMOs for import. Most processed foods also contain GMOs. While evidence of negative health and environmental impacts remains marginal, is it a worthwhile risk to take?

Join our fifth event of the ‘Own What You Eat’ (OWYE) series as we delve into the science, realities and misconceptions of GMOs. Some questions we are looking to discuss in this session include:

  • What are the health and environmental impact of GMO crops?
  • Can GMO crops really increase food security?
  • Should we, and how can we avoid GMO foods in our diet?
  • What is the difference between processed food and GMO?
  • Legalities, misconceptions and misinterpretations of GMOs

Note: This event is part of a six-part series of engaging, fun and insightful events that focus on accelerating towards a healthier and more ethical food system in collaboration with Green Initiatives, Own What You Eat and David Laris. Come hungry!

More details will be updated shortly.

Event Itinerary

18:30-19:15 Registrations & networking; light snacks and drinks may be served
19:15-19:30 Event introduction by GI & David Laris
19:30-20:10 Presentation by the Speakers
20:10-20:40 Open Q&A session with the audience
20:40-21:30 Food, drinks & networking / Event ends

Speakers & Panelists

Ana Terra, Managing Partner, GomaGreens & Nutritionist
Subject: Clearing common (negative) misconceptions about GMO, and how GMO can help fight hunger and food insecurity. Perspectives from a farm-to-table business.
Background:Ana is particularly passionate about the intersection between food tech, innovation, and business as she believes that is our only real shot at solving the problems we face to improve the world in a sustainable way. Ana holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Nutrition and Food Science and is currently the Managing Partner of GomaGreens. GomaGreens is a farm-to-table platform that brings fresh seasonal veggies to people's doorstep. GomaGreens supports local farms that follow organic farming principles.

Event Details

5 Nov 2020 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
OnAir Space, 176 Xietu East Road, Near Xizang South Road, Shanghai
Line 8 Lujiabang Road Exit 2