Will GMO crops doom the planet or save it? Learn exactly what genetically modified plants are and why they are modified at the next Beer with a Scientist, April 13


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – You may have heard about genetically modified organisms (GMOs) along with predictions of dire consequences for the planet or claims the technology is necessary to feed the Earth’s growing population. At the April edition of Beer with a Scientist, Paul Vincelli, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, will set the record straight with peer-reviewed science.

    Vincelli will make the trip across I64 to share his expertise on the scientific understanding of GMOs based on the substantial body of scientific literature. He will explain exactly what constitutes a genetically engineered crop, whether eating recombinant DNA is safe, and why scientists would want to change a plant’s genes in the first place.

    At UK, Vincelli serves as coordinator for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. He provides science-based outreach on risks and benefits of genetically engineered crops in Kentucky, the nation and internationally.

    The program begins at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Apr. 13 at Against the Grain Brewery, 401 E. Main St. A 30-minute presentation will be followed by an informal Q&A session.

    The Beer with a Scientist program began in 2014 and is the brainchild of UofL cancer researcher Levi Beverly, Ph.D. Once a month, the public is invited to enjoy exactly what the title promises:  beer and science.

    Admission is free. Purchase of beer, other beverages or menu items is not required but is encouraged.

    Organizers add that they also encourage Beer with a Scientist patrons to drink responsibly.

    For more information and to suggest future Beer with a Scientist topics, follow Louisville Underground Science on Facebook.



    Betty Coffman
    Betty Coffman is a Communications Coordinator focused on research and innovation at UofL. A UofL alumna and Louisville native, she served as a writer and editor for local and national publications and as an account services coordinator and copywriter for marketing and design firms prior to joining UofL’s Office of Communications and Marketing.