GMO experts will be here on Friday

Two experts on the subject of genetically modified organisms will be speaking in Langley on Friday.

Langley residents will be able to hear firsthand from two knowledgeable experts on the subject of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food on Friday evening.

The presentation is part of a cross-country tour that began last week in Courtenay. It is sponsored by The Society for a GE-Free BC and the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network.

Dr. Thierry Vrain is the former head of biotechnology at Agriculture Canada’s Summerland Research Station, and was once a supporter of GMO.

Dr. Shiv Chopra was a longtime drug evaluator with Health Canada, until he was fired in 2004, along with two colleagues after they spoke to the Senate standing committee on Agriculture and Forestry.

They testified that they were pressured by senior supervisors to approve multiple drugs of questionable safety, including Bovine Growth Hormone and Baytril.

Chopra’s book, Corrupt to the Core: Memoirs of a Health Canada Whistleblower, is an international best seller.

They will be speaking at the Fraser River Presentation Theatre (Township council chambers), at 20338 65 Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m.

Interested persons are advised to arrive early, as a full house is expected.

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