It's been a crazy busy couple of days here at Cornell. My head is near to bursting with all the information it's absorbed, and it ain't over yet.
On Thursday, I'll be co-moderating an Ask Me Anything discussion on GMOs that will be live-streamed from the Alliance for Science website.
Panelists include six academic scientists: Margaret Smith (Cornell University) – field crops; Kevin Folta (University of Florida) – fruits and veggies; Steven Strauss (Oregon State University) – trees; Tony Shelton (Cornell University) – insects; Alison Van Eenennaam (University of California, Davis) – livestock & dairy, and Walter De Jong (Cornell University) – tubers.
As I previously reported, opposition from anti-GMO activists prompted a venue shift to the Unitarian Church In Ithaca, which might be a good thing, considering some of the threats that have been issued against Dr. Folta.
It seems ludicrous that providing a forum for scientists to openly answer questions about GMOs posed by the general public should stir up such outrage and unrest — and in a college town, no less. Hopefully folks will keep their cool since everyone will be on video.
The Q&A should get under way at about 6:45 EDT, which makes it 12:45 p.m. Hawaii time. It's scheduled to continue until about 8 p.m. EDT, or 2 p.m. HST. Check out the live-stream here and submit your questions via Twitter at #AMAgmo.