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Miracle crops or Frankenfood?

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 12:28 p.m. CST

SYCAMORE – Genetically-modified crops have been grown in the United States for decades, but they remain controversial.

Are these crops the answer to world hunger? Good for the environment? Safe to eat?

Northern Illinois University’s STEM Cafe will address the topic, “Miracle Crops or Frankenfoods,” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, at Taxco Restaurant, 223 W. State St. in Sycamore.

Thomas Sims, director of NIU’s Plant Molecular Biology Center, was part of the research team that produced the first genetically-modified plants in the early 1980s. He will discuss the science behind genetic modification, the issues related to its use in current agricultural production and prospects for the future.

STEM Cafes are casual events that offer adults an opportunity to eat, drink and chat with scientists about the latest breakthroughs in science, technology, engineering and math. These monthly events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase.

NIU STEM Outreach hosts several public events throughout the year to increase awareness of the critical role science and other STEM fields play in our world.

More information on upcoming STEM Cafes and other events from STEM Outreach are available online or by contacting Judith Dymond at jdymond@niu.edu or 815-753-4751.

STEM Cafe: Miracle Crops or Frankenfoods?

6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 Taxco, 223 W. State St., Sycamore

Thomas Sims of NIU will discuss the science, issues and applications of genetically-modified crops.

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