Executive Director of Vancouver's FarmFolk/CityFolk Society
Professor, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of British Columbia
Sid Katz, Ph.D.
Mark Winston, Ph.D.
Barbolet is co-founder and Executive Director of Vancouver's
FarmFolk/CityFolk Society. From the local to the global scale, he works
in the areas of food policy and food democracy, linking food to health
and safety, environment, social justice, community economic development
and international development. In the past three years Mr. Barbolet has
served on two sub-committees of the Canadian Biotechnology Advisory
Committee. He is a frequent guest on the CBC Radio show BC Almanac, and regularly comments on food issues
in the press. He is co-author of FarmFolk/CityFolk,
published in 1998.
"The challenge of labeling genetically modified products is enormous. That's not an excuse for not getting to the endpoint, but there has been a very large committee wrestling with this at the national level for over three years now and they still haven't been able to reach a consensus."
Ellis is a professor at the University of British Columbia in the
Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. His primary field of research is
forestry genomics. He is currently the co-leader of the Genome BC
project, studying the mechanisms of wood formation and pesticide
resistance in forest trees. His other work includes the biochemistry
and evolution of metabolic enzymes, and the genetic engineering of crop
and forest plants to improve their value. Brian Ellis' teaching
assignments include courses in plant breeding and biotechnology. From
2000 to 2001, he served as Co-Chair of the Royal Society of Canada
Expert Panel on the Future of Food Biotechnology.
Katz is a professor of Pharmacology at the University of British
Columbia and Acting Director of UBC's Chan Centre for the Performing
Arts. During the past 15 years, he has spent a considerable portion of
his time promoting science to the public. He is an award-winning
science communicator with a wide-ranging career in radio, television
and print journalism. He is a health and science commentator for CBC
Radio and a medical specialist for CTV National News. He has served as
Executive Director of Science World in British Columbia and Director
General and CEO of the Ontario Science Centre. He chairs Genome BC's
"I'm more concerned with environmental effects of the current GMO crops than human health effects. There's nothing in there that appears to be problematic, like a pesticide that we know has particular health risks. We're dealing with things that have been well tested through traditional food safety criteria."
Recognized as one of the world's leading expert on bees and pollination, Mark Winston has also had a distinguished career writing and commenting on environmental issues and science policy. He is a professor of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. He has written two books on science controversies: Nature Wars: People vs. Pests (1997) and Travels in the Genetically Modified Zone (2002). The former is a probing and thoughtful discussion of pesticide use. The latter is equally compelling. He has been awarded the Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, the Manning Award for Innovation and the Eve Savory Award for Science Communication. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.
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