"Vietnam’s Friends for Growth Seminar Series"
Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
Reporter: Quyen Nguyen
Presenter: Cuong Nguyen, PhD Candidate in Bio Informatics, Division of Plant Sciences.
Place: S204, Memorial Union, University of Missouri-Columbia.
Date: October 15, 2012
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 pm.
After the kickoff seminar on Research Method and Grant Writing conducted by Dr. Jerry Nelson, Professor Emeritus at the Department of Plant Science, the second discussion on Genetically Modified Crops was held on October 15th as the continuation of Vietnam’s Friends for Growth Seminar Series.
Attending the event, participants were given a brief set of knowledge about the making of GMO product, its benefits, sources of information and the general situation of GMO in the world and Vietnam. A post discussion on different opinions on GMO’s real benefits also appealed the engagement of the audience.
Main contents of the seminar are:
Terminology and the central dogma in molecular biology.
What is a GMO? How it is made? Why we need GM crops?
Growth and development of GM crops in the world.
Benefits and concerns of GM crops.
Status of Vietnam’s GM crops: research and application.
The discussion with the audience covered the some major points:
1, How do we know GMO rice will not harm our health if we consume it everyday?
GMO rice (yellow rice) is good for health, especially women’s and children’s in Third World countries without frequent nutritious alternatives.
Further research should be done about a decent amount of daily consumption as well as its cumulative effect on human’s health.
Scientific researches have so far indicated that GMO is not harmful to human’s health.
Price: free patent and technology in the making of GMO rice make its price not higher than other common types of rice.
2, Real effectiveness and possible harm of GMO food:
GM crop, theoretically, helps to reduce the use of harmful pesticide, thus reduce environmental pollution.
However, it may:
+ Produce unexpected biomolecules that harm human’s health in the long term;
+ Be resistant to certain herbicides and insects;
+ Reduce biodiversity.
Research (so often complicated and time-consuming) should be done, especially in social aspect and at regional level, to announce a decent amount of daily consumption as well as its cumulative effect on human’s health.
3, Differentiate GMO food from organic one:
Labeling GMO food is not mandatory in the US due to its popularity and being widely-accepted among customers.
It is, however, legalized in some other countries since customers want to know what they eat.
Organic food (non-GM) can be found in the markets.
Full presentation of GMO Products can be downloaded here.
The Vietnam’s Friends for Growth Seminar Series, organized by the Vietnam Institute and Vietnam Student Association at the University of Missouri, will be held semimonthly with various topics from general capacity building such as grant writing, leadership issues to specific areas of science such as biodiversity, genetics, etc.
Our next events for Fall 2012 can be found hereunder:
Biodiversity and Its Importance, Dr. Robert Sites.
Discussion: Positive Leadership & Community Development, Hoa Hoang (lead).
Please pass along to any interested person.
Contact: Hoa Hoang [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Hoa Hoang was introducing the seminar's topic and presenter, Cuong Nguyen
Cuong Nguyen was giving an introduction about GMO
Dr. Nelson and Korey in Q&A section