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Professor Rachel Schurman discusses “Fighting for the Future of Food”

November 3, 2010IASEvents0

Author and University of Minnesota associate professor Rachel Schurman will discuss her book Fighting for the Future of Food: Activists versus Agribusiness in the Struggle over Biotechnology, on Wednesday, November 3 at 4:00 p.m. at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E. Minneapolis.

Fighting for the Future of Food addresses society’s understanding and trust (or mistrust) of the introduction and use of biotechnology in the global agricultural system. Genetically modified organisms were originally created to solve the challenges faced by farmers and to relieve world hunger, yet the widespread protests against “Frankenfoods” and the “gene-revolution” has forced many firms to abandon their research and development. Schurman details how the anti-biotech movement, lead by a small group of social activists, has altered public perceptions about genetically modified foods resulting in closed markets to those products.

Schurman will sign copies of her book following the discussion. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, or to order a signed copy visit

Sponsored by: University of Minnesota Bookstores, Sociology, Institute for Advanced Study

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