FoodYou Design: Feelings, Facts, Food and GMOs – A Fresh Look

The mission of the FoodYou Campaign at Pace University is to objectively explore and address the tough questions surrounding today’s food system.

The role of genetic engineering in agriculture is particularly contentious, with assertions about huge promise or perils often obscuring science.

On Wednesday, February 26th, join us in person or online for FoodYou Design: Bioethics Forum XX.

A FoodYou Design panel will aim to inform rather than inflame by bringing together a chef focused on conscious cuisine, a food journalist who spent six months investigating claims and counterclaims about GMOs, a law professor and a plant geneticist. The discussion will be moderated by Pace Academy Senior Fellow Andrew Revkin, who has explored the future of food repeatedly on his New York Times blog, Dot Earth.

The discussion will review the science on health and environmental questions, the legal issues related to food labeling and the realities of feeding not just a growing global population, but also one that is becoming more prosperous.

Can GMOs be a part of our vision for a sustainable, equitable, and healthy world?

Details below and at

FoodYou Design: BioEthics Forum XX

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Butcher Suite, Kessel Student Center

Pace University in Pleasantville

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Free and open to the public.


Andrew Revkin Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies


Shelley BorisExecutive Chef, Fresh Company, and author of “Fresh Cooking: A Year of Recipes from the Garrison Institute Kitchen”

Jason Czarnezki Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law, Pace Law School

Nathanael Johnson – Food and Environment Reporter,

Pamela Ronald Director, Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation at the University of California, Davis, and co-author of “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food”

Access the live recording of FoodYou Design at:

This is Pace University’s 20th Bioethics Forum and is co-sponsored by:
Sigma Xi Research Society and Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

I have written before about the need to improve the rail infrastructure in the United States, including noting some states doing silly things about high speed rail and that China’s high speed rail is light years ahead of the U.S. Since I’ve flown far too much over the last few years given my work in Asia as then director of the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law and given the high carbon footprint of airplanes, I have decided the take the train far more of late. I’ve now travelled roundtrip on Amtrak’s Lake Shore Limited from NYC to Chicago and am taking the Silver Star from NYC to Florida. These are overnight trains and the folks on the trains are quite nice and the accommodations are fairly comfortable. Once I tell people I’m doing this, most have been shocked to find out the you can even take an overnight train in the U.S. to these destinations. I wish we were investing more in high speed rail in the U.S., and that more of the federal investment after the 2008 economic crisis went to trains rather than roads. Perhaps this dream scenario could develop: I think norms would shift dramatically in this country and people would use rail more frequently if it was cheaper and nicer, especially given how much flying seems to be a challenge of late.

[2014 Environmental Speaker Series]

Agriculture and the Environment

January 9-February 13, 2014

The Environmental & Land Use Law Program at the University of Florida Levin College of Law invites you to attend the Spring 2014 Environmental Capstone Colloquium, featuring experts…

Environmental Capstone Colloquium

Agricultural Law 101
Jan. 9, 2014
Mary Jane Angelo
UF Research Foundation Professor of Law
Alumni Research Scholar
Director, Environmental & Land Use Law Program
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Agricultural Strife: Industrial Food Animal Production in America
Jan. 16, 2014
Hannah Connor
Staff Attorney
Animal Protection Litigation
The Humane Society of the United States
Washington, D.C.
The Dating Game and Beyond: Expiration Date Laws and Other Policy Levers to Reduce Food Waste
Jan. 23, 2014 (via videoconference)
Emily M. Broad Leib
Director, Food Law and Policy Clinic
Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation
Harvard Law School
Sustaining the Health of the Land: It all Begins with the Soil
Jan. 30, 2014
Frederick L. Kirschenmann
Distinguished Fellow
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Iowa State University
Food Labeling, Public Health and the Environment
Feb. 6, 2014
Jason J. Czarnezki
Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law
Pace Law School
The Food Safety Modernization Act and
Small and Organic Farmers

Feb. 13, 2014
Danielle D. Treadwell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Vegetable Extension Specialist
Horticultural Sciences
UF Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

We would like to thank our Gold Sponsors:

  • Alfred J. Malefatto, Shareholder
    Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., West Palm Beach, FL
  • Hopping Green & Sams, Tallahassee, FL

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All presentations will be held at 3 p.m. in HOL 270. Space is limited. Please contact Lena Hinson at 352-273-0777 or elulp for information or to reserve your seat.