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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.


Pollinators in a Genetically Modified World

with
Dr. Mark L. Winston
Simon Fraser University

Genetically modified (GM) crops are becoming increasingly important for pest control, but have spawned unusually charged disputes because of concerns about possible side effects on human and environmental health. Dr. Mark Winston has been studying the impact of these crops on beneficial organisms such as bees, which are essential to pollinate many Canadian fruit, berry, vegetable, and oilseed crops but could be particularly vulnerable because they feed on the nectar and pollen produced by bioengineered plants. He will describe how GM crops are constructed and implemented for pest management, summarize findings concerning their environmental impact, and discuss the likelihood that genes from GM plants will jump to conventional crops and natural vegetation due to bee pollination. Dr. Winston also will explore how we can incorporate science-based risk assessments into developing regulatory policies that appropriately balance environmental protection and pest management.

Mark L. Winston is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University and a Fellow in the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. He is the author of Travels in the Genetically Modified Zone, published in June by Harvard University Press.
(For more info on his new book, visit www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/WINTRA.html)

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

Co-Sponsors:
--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
--NSERC

DATE: Thursday, October 24, 2002 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am