Two guest speakers will explore issues surrounding genetic modification and its impact on the poor at the Catholic Institute for International Relations' AGM next Friday (15 October). Under the heading 'GM - Beyond the Myths' Columban missionary priest Fr Sean McDonagh will discuss the myths propagated around GM crops as well as our stewardship and responsibility towards one another and our environment. Dublin-based Columban Fr Sean is a specialist on the environment and the author of numerous books, including: 'The Vatican and GE Food?' and 'Patenting Life? Stop!' Sean worked in the Philippines for 20 years and saw first-hand the impact that GM could have on impoverished Filipino farmers. Victor Campos, a renowned Nicaraguan activist and GM specialist, will focus on the impact of GM on peasant farmers in developing countries in a talk that builds on CIIR's work with partner organisations overseas and in the UK. Victor is a lecturer and sub-director of Centro Humboldt, Nicaragua's leading environmental watchdog. As well as being an expert on GM, he has a wealth of knowledge on a wide variety of environmental issues in Latin America and is a member of The Alliance for a Nicaragua free of GMOs. The talk is free to attend and open to all. The business part of the AGM is from 6-7pm (observers are welcome) and will be chaired by Helena Molyneux, chair of CIIR's Board of Trustees. The talks will then follow on from 7-8.30pm, with a reception afterwards. As places are limited, tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis. A buffet supper will be served at 8.30pm and the evening will end at 10pm. For administrative purposes and catering, please let us know if you wish to attend. If you have friends or family that you think may be interested, why not get a ticket for them too? There is no charge for the event, but any donations towards costs will be most welcome. To reserve your place at the AGM please e-mail Clare Smedley at Clare@ciir.org or telephone: 020 7288 8609
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